“Tag der Verpackung“ (Day of Action on Packaging) invites students to visit Rasselstein site

30 pupils and teachers took part in the national “Tag der Verpackung“(Day of Action on Packaging) at thyssenkrupp’s tinplate plant in Andernach.

Pupils where shown how to make a savings box in the Application Technology Department.

“The participation in the ‘Tag der Verpackung‘ is a fixed date in our calendar. This year, pupils again used the opportunity not only to gain insight into the production of packaging steel, but also to develop their own future perspectives. The quality of our product combined with the convincing training scheme is simply excellent. And motivating”, says Christian Pürschel, Head of Communications and Market Development at Germany’s sole tinplate producer.

The campaign initiated by the Deutsche Verpackungsinstitut (dvi) has become a permanent fixture in the calendar of five schools in Neuwied and in Andernach. For the third time around, various packaging producers along the entire value added chain offered especially young people to visit their companies on this day.

The special thing about this visit to the thyssenkrupp site within the scope of the “Tag der Verpackung“ was again that three apprentices of the company presented the pupils and students the high-tech packaging material and the production from their point of view. The ninth-graders and vocational school students did not show any reservations. Where else can you learn that such a tin is a real power pack? An empty food can with a diameter of 73 mm, for instance, has a carrying force of 2.0 to 2.3 kilonewton. This is the equivalent of 200 to 230 kg and thus the 4.545-fold of its own weight! By human standards, a man weighing 70 kg would have to be able to carry 42 full-grown bull elephants on his shoulders!

30 pupils and teachers visited the world’s largest production site of packaging steel.

“It is important to raise young people’s awareness for the fact that packaging is made to protect products“, says Head of Marketing Pürschel. “Tin cans are light- and air-tight and permit to preserve food for a long period, without the necessity to use further energy for storing them in a cool place“. And last but not least: The steel of tins having reached the end of their lifecycle can be recycled and used for new products. And this over and over again without any loss of material – the perfect closed-loop material cycle.

At the end of an interesting day, students and pupils took home many new impressions and a self-made savings box.