Plastics Centre of Excellence Officially Opening

The Plastics Centre of Excellence was officially opened by the Prime Minister on October 3rd 2008. Attended by approximately 150 representatives of the NZ Plastics Industry, guests enjoyed light refreshments while inspecting the facilities and witnessing the production of an injection moulded commemorative opening coaster. photos below.

The Centre is a co-operative venture between Plastics New Zealand (on behalf of the New Zealand Plastics Industry), the Tertiary Education Commission and The University of Auckland and is situated on the University’s Tamaki Campus, Glen Innes.

This Centre has been set up with a distinct commercial bias and is already offering its services to New Zealand companies. We will be developing leading edge technologies (polymers and processes), conduct plastics industry specific research and carry out graduate and industry training. We have just secured two Technology New Zealand grants totaling 700,000 for research into PVC replacement and a PLA project aimed at improving the tear strength of bio-degradable plastics.

For further information contact:

Len Harvey, Director of Plastics Centre of Excellence on 09 373 7599 ext 82527 or
Robin Martin, CEO Plastics New Zealand on 09 262 3773 ext 102

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