STUDENTS at a Forest School are able to go hands on with the latest in production technology thanks to a donation from a local company.
Forest MP Mark Harper officially unveiled the new 3D printer which has been presented to the Dean Academy in Lydney by technology firm Vision Petlon Polymers. A 3D printer allows a physical object to be constructed from a digital design.
Vision Petlon Polymers, which is based in Meads Lane, Lydney, is at the cutting of edge of plastics recycling Managing director Gavin Rees said: “We are doing a lot of recovery work and we are making a lot of strange compounds, for example we are taking plastic bottles and making them into printer cartridges for (computer giant) Hewlett Packard. We are looking at plastic banknotes to make plastic shovels.”
He said the donation of the printer was part of the company’s commitment to work with the community. “We hope to be able to offer facilities for children to come and look around and do some work experience.”
He added: “[Vision] Petlon Polymers has been around for many years. We have been on site in Lydney since 1978. We have a new lease of life after being bought by a company called Visionscape.”
The Dubai-based company stepped in to rescue the Lydney firm last October, protecting 30 jobs. Mr. Harper praised Vision Petlon Polymers for supporting the school and for its work recycling plastics, particularly in developing countries.
He said: “I think we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that plastics are incredibly important, and we don’t want to uninvent them because they do fantastic things. What we need to do is make sure we do not just chuck them away and wreck the environment which is why businesses that recycle and look at smart ways of using plastic are going to be incredibly important. We can to work in developing countries to ensure that, as they get richer, they more quickly care about the environment than we did when we were getting richer.
There are many countries in the world with environmental concerns that you tend to think about when you are richer rather than when you are trying to turn your country around. The sort of thing that Vision Petlon Polymers is doing is really important.”