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GKV Incentive Prize goes to Gerresheimer apprentice

Ralf Olsen, Managing Director of pro-K Industrieverband Halbzeuge und Konsumprodukte aus Kunststoff e.V. and head of training policy and vocational education at GKV, presenting Korbinian Wallinger with his certificate.

Korbinian Wallinger from Bodenwöhr came second out of Germany’s best process engineers for plastics and rubber technology.

Düsseldorf/Wackersdorf, June 04, 2018: Once again, an apprentice/placement student from Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH has been awarded the GKV Incentive Prize. The EUR 5,000 prize money is awarded annually to the plastics and rubber processing engineer apprentices who achieve the highest grades in Germany in their final exams. The prize not only recognizes the performance of the apprentices themselves but also commends the quality of the training provided by their companies or vocational colleges.

As the institution responsible for the vocational training pathway for plastics and rubber processing engineers, the German Association of Plastics Converters (GKV) has been presenting its Incentive Prize to Germany’s best apprentices on this pathway every year since 2001. Apprentices and placement students from Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH are regular winners. This year, Korbinian Wallinger came second with 95 out of a possible 100. CEO of Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH Manfred Baumann congratulated him, saying: “Including the 2018 winner, a total of 13 apprentices and placement students from Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH have now been awarded the prize since 2001. We are just as delighted as our apprentices, whose extraordinary performance is being recognized today. However, we are also proud of our dedicated trainers, who have made this success possible. The demanding market for drug delivery devices and medical and diagnostic products calls for uncompromising quality, which is why our training center fully embraces its role as a breeding ground for talented professionals. In the future, this will not just be limited to plastics engineering. Starting this fall, we will be opening a new apprenticeship course in Wackersdorf for process engineers for glass technology with the aim of expanding our glass team.”

The training company is also presented with a certificate from GKV in recognition of its outstanding achievements. From left to right: Manfred Baumann (CEO of Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH), Klaus-Uwe Reiß (Chairman of the Board of pro-K Industrieverband H
The training company is also presented with a certificate from GKV in recognition of its outstanding achievements. From left to right: Manfred Baumann (CEO of Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH), Klaus-Uwe Reiß (Chairman of the Board of pro-K Industrieverband Halbzeuge und Konsumprodukte aus Kunststoff e. V.), Ralf Olsen (CEO of pro-K Industrieverband Halbzeuge und Konsumprodukte aus Kunststoff e. V.), and Franz Heininger (head of the training workshop at Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH, Wackersdorf).

The awards ceremony was held on May 25 at the Technical Competence Center in Wackersdorf. After a welcome speech from the Executive Board of Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH and the Chairman of the Board of pro-K Industrieverband Halbzeuge und Konsumprodukte aus Kunststoff e.V., Klaus-Uwe Reiß, Ralf Olsen, CEO of pro-K Industrieverband Halbzeuge und Konsumprodukte aus Kunststoff e.V. and head of training policy and vocational education at GKV, presented the winner with his certificate and prize money. Along with the EUR 500 prize money for second place, the recipient also receives an annual subscription to the journal “Kunststoffe” (“Plastics”) and membership of the “Club der Besten” (“Club of the Best”), where all the previous the winners meet regularly to discuss ideas.

Training to become a plastics and rubber processing engineer opens up a career in a varied burgeoning industry. During their training, the ap-prentices learn all about materials, the chemistry of plastics, and injection-moulding technology. They are also given a grounding in metalworking as well as in interpreting and producing technical drawings. The apprenticeship usually lasts three years, after which there is an option to complete further training to become an industrial foreman in the specialist field of plastics and rubber or a plastics and rubber engineer. Apprentices with the right skill set can also move onto a degree in plastics engineering or combine their training with a degree right from the outset by way of a dual program of study.

Background: The GKV

From left to right: Manfred Baumann (CEO of Gerresheimer Regensbug GmbH), Annika Zach (HR Development Specialist at Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH, Wackersdorf), Klaus-Uwe Reiß (Chairman of the Board of pro-K Industrieverband Halbzeuge und Konsumprodukte au
From left to right: Manfred Baumann (CEO of Gerresheimer Regensbug GmbH), Annika Zach (HR Development Specialist at Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH, Wackersdorf), Klaus-Uwe Reiß (Chairman of the Board of pro-K Industrieverband Halbzeuge und Konsumprodukte aus Kunststoff e. V.), Ralf Olsen (CEO of pro-K Industrieverband Halbzeuge und Konsumprodukte aus Kunststoff e. V.), Korbinian Wallinger, Franz Heininger (head of the training workshop at Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH, Wackersdorf).

The GKV is the leading German industrial association for companies involved in processing plastics. As an umbrella organization, it brings together and represents the common interests of its member companies, giving them a voice in the public and political spheres. With an annual revenue of EUR 63.7 billion and 323,000 employees in 2,949 plants, the plastics processing industry forms one of the key pillars of the German economy. Consisting primarily of SMEs, the segment is characterized by a high level of innovative capability and a huge variety of different products. Plastics are processed into packaging, building materials, technical parts, semi-finished products, consumer goods, and many other products.

About Gerresheimer

Gerresheimer is a leading global partner to the pharma and healthcare industry. With specialty glass and plastic products, the Company contributes to health and well-being. Gerresheimer operates worldwide and its approximately 10,000 employees manufacture products in local markets, close to its customers. With our plants in Europe, North America, South America, and Asia, we generate revenues of approximately EUR 1.4 billion. The company’s comprehensive product portfolio includes pharmaceutical packaging and products for the safe, simple administration of medicines: insulin pens, inhalers, prefillable syringes, injection vials, ampoules, bottles, and containers for liquid and solid medicines with closure and safety systems as well as packaging for the cosmetics industry.

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