Encirc plays host to second cohort of American students

April 2024
The group of American students who visited Encirc this week as part of the Danish Institute for Study Abroad.
Encirc Sustainability Director, Fiacre O'Donnell speaking to one of the American students during their tour of the Derrylin site.

For the second time in just over six months, Encirc has played host to students from colleges across the United States.

The students are studying in Denmark as part of The Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) and a visit to Northern Ireland and Encirc is fast becoming an integral part of their course.

Before these visits, DIS had never been to Northern Ireland but that all changed and for many the visit to Encirc was a particular highlight.

That was because the course they are studying is entitled ‘Globalisation and European Economies’, focusing on borders and trade, with an interest in sustainability issues across borders as well. Encirc, as such, ticked many boxes for the eager-to-learn students.

One of the organisers David Possen felt the visit to the Derrylin plant was of great benefit to the students: ““We found Encirc’s history fascinating, especially how the company culture and market position have evolved because of joining the Vidrala family.

“And of course, we found it deeply impressive, “mind-boggling” as one of the students put it, to see firsthand how sand and cullet are turned into elegant bottles on a mass scale by a mix of humans and co-bots in your finely-tuned, smart manufacturing line.”

Encirc Sustainability Director Fiacre O’Donnell added: “There is a truly international dimension to this visit. We are delighted that the Danish Institute is interested in our company and what we are trying to achieve here.

“Without doubt, sustainability and climate change are worldwide issues, so it is always beneficial to have such partnerships.

“That our business resonates so closely to their study subject did mean that they had a real interest in what we do and that made for some interesting questions and feedback. We wish them all the very best in their future studies and careers.”

‘And of course, we found it deeply impressive, “mind-boggling” as one of the students put it, to see firsthand how sand and cullet are turned into elegant bottles on a mass scale by a mix of humans and co-bots in your finely-tuned, smart manufacturing line’

David Possen.

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