A visit to Sapa’s Futuretools site in Gloucester provided participants at the Profile Academy in the UK with an in-depth look at the beginnings of the die manufacturing process.
Sapa established its Profile Academy concept in 1996 and has continually improved the scheme, keeping the style modern and the information fresh and forward-looking. Over the years, more than 7,500 people from Europe, Asia and the Americas have participated in Sapa’s Profile Academy.
The two-day Profile Academy must include a number of mandatory sessions for the event to be designated as such. As an example, the agenda must have a group workshop which results in the development of a design for a product using extruded aluminium. Participants have access to product designers, metallurgists, and other internal and external specialists.
In 2014, Sapa provided more than 37,000 hours of technical training to external stakeholders worldwide – more than twice the amount provided in 2013.
Most of the training is offered free of charge to customers, product designers and developers, technicians, engineers, and architects across markets and industries.
Busy in Argentina, UK
Sapa plants in Argentina and the UK recently completed Profile Academies that attracted more than 100 participants in total. Focus areas included design, and technological innovation in aluminium applications.
“Our aim with the academies is to enhance the knowledge of those working in design engineering,” says marketing manager Myles Grennan of Sapa Profiles UK & Ireland.
“The benefits of aluminium make it suitable for a host of industries and applications. We encourage our attendees to tap into that mindset and to constantly ask themselves whether aluminium can offer a better solution.”