Thirteen Year 11 students from Barnard Castle School enjoyed a tour of the modern manufacturing facilities at Wilsonart UK in County Durham earlier this month. The students are due to take their GCSE’s this summer and the visit was a valuable part of the course work syllabus and revision for their upcoming Resistant Material examination. In the showroom the students were introduced to the company’s products including the new ultra-slim worksurface Zenith along with the eco-friendly worktop product which is made of recycled glass and stone – Gemstone.
Ruby Kiernan, marketing Executive at Wilsonart UK explained “It was terrific to welcome the students who seemed genuinely interested in the design through to manufacture process. A number of them were surprised at how realistic the textures of the worktop are.”
Wilsonart UK is part of multinational manufacturing business Wilsonart based in the USA, and is celebrating sixty years manufacturing worktops for markets across the globe. The site in Durham employs over 150 people and is a showcase for modern worksurface manufacturing in the UK. The company has invested heavily in recent years in cutting edge technology to produce designer laminate and solid-surface worktops, splashbacks and upstands for homes as well as a large range of commercial business sectors.
Captions: Top Barnard Castle Students from year 11 visit the assembly line at Wilsonart UK’s production facility in Durham. Bottom Students from Barnard Castle School discussing technical aspects of working with laminates in the conference room at Wilsonart UK in Durham.