With a production capacity of more than 3 million tonnes, Shin-Etsu can without doubt regard itself as the world's largest PVC manufacturer. Production in the Netherlands takes place at two plants near Rotterdam: Botlek and Pernis. The commercial heart of the company is in Hilversum. Our customers use our PVC to make pipeline systems, window frames, flooring, cables and many other types of products.

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During the Week of Process Technology we opened our doors at the Pernis location for the pupils of Vmbo2 from RVC De Hef in Rotterdam. Employees of Shin-Etsu told with much passion about their work and experiences in the workplace, the control room and the laboratory. In the laboratory, one of our trainees proudly showed a test and the products from which PVC is made. Earlier in the week, two employees visited the school for a lesson about the process industry at Shin-Etsu. We hope that we could make these students enthusiastic about process technology.

At De Notenboom in Mechelen (Belgium) they know that there is music in PVC. Recently they started a special school project in which pupils make musical instruments from waste. For example, a drum or a wind instrument made from discarded PVC pipes. 'Music is only a method,' says chairman Jos Maes. 'We want to make children think about reusing materials. Nevertheless, quality comes first. If it doesn’t the sound right, we are not doing well.’ And it has to be said: the instruments sound surprisingly good indeed.

Source: hln.be

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