Forty Students from France Visit Facilities in Mozzate and Correggio
Less than a year after opening their high-tech Pack Studios Innovation Center at Mozzate, in northwest Italy, the people of the Dow Adhesives business found a way to use their state-of-the-art capabilities to help strengthen the workforce of the future, welcoming 40 students from Strasbourg University’s School of Chemistry, Polymers and Materials Science (ECPM) for an in-depth learning experience.
“Pack Studios and its partnership-based approach, combining cutting-edge material science, world-class packaging research and development capabilities, production lines and collaboration tools, is a concept that we wanted to share with students, because it’s about customer intimacy and innovation,” explained Serge Renaldi, who heads up strategic university relations for Dow France.
ECPM, located in eastern France, enjoys a strategic partnership with Dow that began in 2013.
“We show ECPM students the essential contribution of our industry and the wide variety of careers in our company – in the labs and on production sites, but also regarding technical service and development and sales positions that are not always well known among future engineers,” Renaldi said.
The students were given a series of presentations by Mozzate leadership and its technical team. Topics included safety standards, site activities, a live demo of its industry-scale laminator line and a guided tour of the lab.
“The feedback from the students was extremely positive,” said Fabio Foresti, Site & Production Leader for Dow’s Mozzate and Parona sites. “They could see chemistry applied to their daily lives, and they very much appreciated Dow’s commitment to safety and the environment.”
The next day, students went on to Correggio, where they visited Dow’s Polyurethane R&D Center, hosted by Alberto Fangareggi, senior R&D Director for Polyurethanes in the Europe, Middle East, Africa and India region. Fangareggi and the R&D team shared insights on polyurethane chemistry and applications, in particular explaining how scientists use polymer chemistry and morphology to achieve a range of material properties. Dow scientist Luigi Bertucelli presented detailed information on polyurethane chemistry, and the day closed with a visit to the facility’s laboratories, including a demonstration of polyurethane polymerization and materials testing.
“These students are the next generation of our potential employees and leaders, and it was great to see their interest in our company,” Fangareggi said. “Fostering science and nurturing relationships with strategic universities will contribute to help build Dow’s workforce of tomorrow.”