Microplast & Famoplast – Student Placements through Transnational Partnerships

Microplast & Famoplast

Who was involved?

A UK – French Exchange

Two Graduate Students from Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC), Lancaster University, UK, carried out a two week placement with the twinned French companies Microplast and Famoplast. Business development managers (BDM) in LEC and Paris Region Enterprises introduced Helen Kaye and Adam Hughes, from Lancaster University, with Thierry Rouault the CEO of Microplast and Famoplast. The BDM’s also supported them whilst Helen and Adam carried out student placements as Graduate consultants which contributed to part of their Master’s degree programme in Environmental Management and Consultancy.

Who are Microplast/Famoplast?

What did the Students do?

Microplast and Famoplast are French companies based in Perigny, a suburb in Paris, France. They are part of a family of companies that specialise in the production of plastic products with main customers including those from the electronic, automotive and medical industries.  In addition to the desire to grow and expand through their innovative design and manufacturing, the companies are also eager to improve their environmental strategies and to gain the ISO14001 standard in Environmental management. The Graduate consultants took part in a short placement whereby the company asked the students to carry out a specific type of assessment – they were asked to evaluate the companys’ baseline position in terms of the management of their waste and utilities. This involved gaining an understanding of the manufacturing and facilities based at the company, and to highlight areas for improvement in terms of environmental management. This was achieved by an initial site visit and assessment at the companys’ main facility in Perigny, Paris France before constructing the report remotely from the UK.

Impact & Outcomes

As a result of the placement the students made a number of recommendations as to how the company could reduce their environmental impacts. This covered four key areas; waste, energy, water and management. This has resulted in a new means of operating for the companies that helps them not only reduce costs and increase efficiency it additionally enables them to reduce their environmental impacts “International students know the trends happening in their own country and that can be important knowledge for us, the students also gave us recommendations, for example recycling of metals like Copper and companies that do this and encourage us to promote ourselves. Needless to say we are very happy with the results”-Thierry Rouault the CEO of Microplast/Famoplast. For the students, it has given them international work experience and enabled them to apply some of the knowledge they have gained during their Environmental degree programmes “it has been a great insight into a business that we have no prior knowledge of and working internationally with a company in France is great to put on the CV. It had has also given us a lot of confidence going forward in our careers” – students Helen Kaye and Adam Hughes.

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