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Unlocking The Future of Manufacturing: MAKE UK's NMD2023 @ Hymid

Updated: Jan 26

Hymid recently took part in MAKE UK’s National Manufacturing Day 2023 (NMD’23); a day filled with enthusiasm, learning and collaboration, as we opened our doors to 60 GCSE students from four local secondary schools, their teachers and distinguished guests including the MP for Torbay Kevin Foster and the Civic Mayor for Torbay Mark Spacagna. We were also joined by local councillor Mandy Darling, her assistant Lily and Mandy’s ‘seeing eye’ dog Pepsi. Our final guest was Jim Davison from MAKE UK, who wanted to show his support for our participation in NMD23.

The event marked a milestone for us at Team Hymid - we welcomed the largest number of visitors we have ever hosted in a single day. The students embarked on an educational journey, exploring the inner workings of a manufacturing business. They not only learned about the intricacies of plastics manufacturing but also engaged in friendly competitions and activities, sparking their creativity, teamworking skills and critical thinking.

As the students travelled around the production facility in teams of five, they were awarded points for interest and engagement; undertaking measurement and pricing exercises. We also challenged them to design a novel trophy using our 3D printing capability; a great use of novel technology. The results are being compiled, with the competition winner being announced on our social channels soon! We will be 3D printing the winning team’s trophy design and then presenting their trophy plus some ‘extra goodies’ at their school assembly.

Our guests were equally impressed by what they saw, commending the professional attitude of our staff and the pristine operating environment, helping to squash some common misconceptions about manufacturing being a noisy, dirty place! We were thrilled to see their support for the event, for Hymid, and for our fellow MAKE UK members, as we collectively endeavour to dispel some myths about manufacturing, to educate the next generation and to garner interest in the promising future for UK manufacturing. Team Hymid would also like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone involved in making this event such a success, and to our MP Kevin Foster, Civic Mayor Mark Spacagna, Councillor Mandy Darling and MAKE UK’s Jim Davison for helping us to inspire the future generation of manufacturers. But most of all, a massive well done to all the students and their teachers for joining us on the day!

At Hymid, we understand the importance of garnering interest in manufacturing for the next generation of workers and leaders. To find out more about our business or how we can be a trusted partner for your plastic injection moulding needs, call us today on ☎️ 01803 615380 or email us at ✉️ – our specialist staff are standing by to help!


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