It has a long tradition in Upper Lusatia. Former button factories became ultramodern plastics enterprises which produce multifaceted plastic and rubber molded parts with state-of-the-art technologies. They are found, for example, in hoses, in plastic pipes and tubes, in glove compartments and cup holders for motor vehicles, in housings for medical instruments, or in mirror cabinets. And baby items, electric outlets, food packages as well as many other products all contain rubber and plastic parts “Made in Upper Lusatia.”
Approximately one fourth of the companies active in Saxony’s plastics industry are located in Upper Lusatia. The plastics industry, which employs a total of about 2,500 people, is the region’s third largest employer in addition to the metal processing and construction branches. Its enterprises are often family owned and operated, small and medium sized, with a staff of five to 200 employees.
When it comes to processing plastics, Upper Lusatia’s plastics industry can offer its customers all technological production procedures. The exceptional knowledge, high processing quality, and superbly educated employees found here all safeguard and assure the success of companies in Germany and throughout Europe.
The Entire Range from One Region
The plastics processing enterprises and their partners from toolmaking and mold construction create a very promising economic potential as suppliers or end producers – virtually all industrial sectors rely on the innovative, premium quality products made by Upper Lusatian plastics processing enterprises. The companies provide their customers with solutions ranging from individual items to mass production all the way to the development of components and systems.
In order to stay competitive on the market also in the future, the plastics industry focuses on the research and development of new products and procedures. Specific emphasis is also put on the promotion of young professionals and specialists with the objective of safeguarding and assuring both the region’s and the branch’s future alike. In order to reach this goal, the companies are actively participating in an educational and training initiative which is unique in all of Germany: The educational center POLYSAX Bildungszentrum Kunststoffe GmbH corporation in Bautzen.
Multifaceted Educational Options for Specialists
Not only the POLYSAX Bildungszentrum Kunststoffe GmbH corporation is unique, but also its origin. Here in Upper Lusatia, the Saxon business community and business-related companies actually initiated the POLYSAX center which was established in 2009. After construction of the Technical Center had begun on the premises of the Bautzen-based joint vocational training facility in 2010, the ultramodern Technical Center building was officially inaugurated in the presence of the Saxon Minister President Stanislaw Tillich already in early 2011. A total of approximately 3.6 million euros were invested into this building project.
“Our most important tasks are to recruit young people, spark their interest in the branch, educate them in a sophisticated manner, and retain them here in the region,” Jörg Schicktanz, Voluntary Managing Director, explains the objectives of the POLYSAX Bildungszentrum Kunststoffe GmbH corporation. Together with the Job Center and the Employment Agency in Bautzen, the company specifically supports adolescents and adults who are in an employable age and wish to complete their general or continued education at the Technical Center. Career orientation courses, open house days, trade show presentations, and plant visits not only permit pupils to gain already their first professional experiences, but also help establish contacts between companies and potential job seekers. (Excerpt)