February 2020 / New trainees getting started

In the first week of February a new batch of thirteen students started their internship at Shin-Etsu. Together with them we also welcomed a new colleague at the Botlek location in the position of Work Planner. The first day was all about the introduction for all. The morning session consisted of various presentations from, for example, the HR, QHSE and IT departments. Our Plant Instructors took care of the afternoon part at both production locations. That consisted of a presentation about the production process and of course a tour of the plant. In the coming months, all trainees will be fully involved in the operator teams of our two factories, Botlek and Pernis, and in the Maintenance, Technical Services and Customer Services departments in Pernis and Hilversum.

January 2020 / Aftersocks with a PVC sole for when you're tired of high heels

For many women it is recognizable: after a night out on beautiful heels, you can no longer walk from pain. The Amsterdam entrepreneur Joel Bijlmer and his girlfriend came up with a solution: Aftersocks.
These are beautiful, fashionable socks with a PVC sole underneath. They’re flexible, so easy to take with you in a handbag. At the end of the evening, exchange the pumps for the Aftersocks and you can walk safely on the street.
The two entrepreneurs put their idea on Kickstarter and received the required amount in no time. With over 27,000 orders in the first three months, the idea has now grown into a serious company. Source:


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