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New plastics training center opens in Genk (Flanders)

The plastics industry in Flanders recently invested EUR 1.5 million in the construction of a modern machine park at the T2 campus in Genk, Flanders. At this new training center, called Training Lab Kunststoffen, around 1,000 professionals and students will be trained in plastics processing every year.

plastics training center in Genk, Belgium


The Training Lab Kunststoffen is one of the most well-equipped plastics training centers in the Benelux. The new machine park hosts 500 square meters of high-tech training infrastructure and state-of-the-art equipment and installations for plastics processing.

Major investment in talent

“With an investment value of EUR 1.5 million, Training Lab Kunststoffen represents the largest investment in training infrastructure across the entire T2 campus. At the lab, plastics processing companies and machine builders will collaborate to ensure that over 1,000 professionals and students per year can work with the latest equipment in a realistic setting and under the guidance of experienced instructors,” says Frank Beckx, managing director of essenscia vlaanderen and chairman of PlastIQ. “The influx of well-trained employees is essential for plastics companies,” Beckx continues. “This is an investment in talent to ensure a bright future for plastics in Flanders.”

"The new training center is a textbook example of cooperation between the government, the world of education and the business community,” adds Fons Leroy, managing director of employment agency VDAB. “What ties us together is our joint objective of preparing additional talent for jobs in plastics processing, an important and innovative sector in Flanders.”

Broad initiative

The Training Lab Kunststoffen is an initiative of Flanders’ chemical sector federation essenscia vlaanderen, alongside sectoral training organizations PlastIQ and Co-valent, 10 machine constructors, the city of Genk, the regional technological centers of both Antwerp and Limburg, Flanders’ service for employment and vocational education (VDAB) and practical training provider Syntra Limburg.

Learn more about Flanders’ chemicals and plastics industry.

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13 November 2018

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