Construction Students from the further education provider South West College Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh took time out from their studies to see at first hand how some of the core materials used in their industry are manufactured.
Trevor Mills, Course lecturer at South West College commented “It is a great opportunity for the students to experience how the core materials used in construction are manufactured especially when a company manufacturing a range of these building products is on our doorstep. [gdlr_quote align=”center” ] The sheer physical presence of the cement plant is overwhelming.”[/gdlr_quote]
Quinn Building Products Business Change Manager Paul Melanophy introduced the company and talked through the product offering and business model with a particular focus on the growing technical expertise around Product Specification and Building Information Modelling (BIM).
The students went on to visit the Quinn Therm PIR Insulation facility where Polymer Engineer Aine Osjoca and Operations Manager Peadar Maguire demonstrated the science behind the formulation of PIR insulation and the Quinn Therm product portfolio. After visiting Quinn Therm the students also got an opportunity to experience the scale of the Quinn Cement Ballyconnell plant where both bulk and bagged cement is manufactured.
Paul Melanophy said “It’s always great to welcome the future of the industry when they visit our plants. [gdlr_quote align=”center” ]It gives us as a company an opportunity to showcase our wide range of building products, the scale of our manufacturing facilities and the technical capability of our staff.”[/gdlr_quote]
Quinn Building Products have been working closely with South West College over the last number of months including collaboration on a number projects in digital construction to utalise virtual and augmented reality to showcase the product suite. The students visit to the manufacturing sites and the engagement in collaborative learning with the college are all part of a continuing strategy for Quinn Building Products to build and maintain close educational relationships.