To support disadvantaged young people in the region, at the end of last year egeplast donated euros 20,000 to the Christoph Metzelder Foundation. Christoph Metzelder thanked the company for the donation during his visit to the headquarters of the plastic pipe manufacturer yesterday.

After a tour of the factory he stressed the following to egeplast apprentices: “You have an apprenticeship. Not all young people of your age are in that fortunate position.” For this reason the Christoph Metzelder Foundation supports disadvantaged children and young people in their educational and personal life with projects in the areas of education, training and migration under the motto “training for life”. The professional footballer received the Order of Merit of the NRW federal state for the foundation he established five years ago. Metzelder currently plays for the Bundesliga team FC Schalke 04.

Dr. Ansgar Strumann, Managing Partner of egeplast, underlined the importance of social commitment to his enterprise: “As I understand it, companies have social responsibility. As a family company, the long-term prospects of the projects we support are of special significance.” In 2011 egeplast decided against Christmas gifts to customers, and donated the corresponding amount to the Christoph Metzelder foundation instead.

During a tour of the factory, Christoph Metzelder (2nd from left) learned about the production of plastic pipes. From left: Jörg Wittstock, Christoph Metzelder, Dr. Nina Strumann, Dr. Thorsten Späth, Silke Hundgeburth, Thomas Belting and egeplast CEO Dr. Ansgar Strumann.

Currently egeplast has 28 apprentices. With an apprenticeship ratio of over 13 %, egeplast lies well above the national average. A multitude of apprenticeship courses in commercial and technical areas are offered, including those leading to a Bachelor of Arts. The owner-operated company egeplast is one of the most innovative manufacturers of plastic pipes for buried pipelines for drinking water, wastewater, gas and cable protection. At its headquarters in Greven, egeplast manufactures in the most modern and largest PE pipe factory in Europe, and supplies customers in 27 countries. Today 208 people (including the apprentices) work at the production site in Greven. Sales in 2011 were euros 107 million.

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