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At the end of 700 hours’ training, the two girls and five boys selected are now getting to grips with a trial period in the hope of being taken on and one day obtaining a management position

The second edition of the International Career Master of the ICA Group has come to an end. The seven youngsters, who came from India, Colombia and Italy, were split into two groups to submit their final degree dissertation, after which they received an attendance certificate in the presence of the creators of ICA Academy: Andrea, Claudio and Lorenzo Paniccia, the third generation of the group, Sandro, Piero and Fabio, the senior members, Trento Carotti, the tutor of the master course, and Nadia Capotosti, Learning Program Manager from ICA Academy.

The students went through four months’ training and almost 700 hours of full-time learning activities (in English) between lessons, seminars, workshops, company visits and teamwork. The aim of the program was to train professionals who are able to work in the Group’s R&D laboratories, thus helping to introduce new technology, propose innovations aimed at reducing the environmental impact of the coatings, anticipate market needs and extend the product range.

A new working phase inside the Paniccia family’s company has just begun for the two girls and five boys – now they have to prove their mettle in the field as well. An exciting challenge with a real chance of being hired at the end of the initial trial period and making a dream come true – that of working as an international manager in the ICA group laboratories.

This year, the in-company training period has been enlivened with numerous seminars held in conjunction with other sector operators who are eager to work together and exchange ideas on a variety of topics such as: Design, R&D and materials study.

The main seminars were, among others:

ALPI – May 5th
ICA Academy hosted a seminar with ALPI S.p.A., a long-standing Italian leader in the production of composite wood. In addition to the ICM students, there were also some ICA technicians with whom a lively discussion took place at the end.
The presentation of the ALPIlignum production process and the responsible sustainable forest management policy that the company adopts sparked much interest.

 

IGM – May 11th/12th
IGM,  a specialist in the development, manufacturing and supply of products and technical services to the global UV Ink & Coating industry, led at the International Career Master, a 2 days training on the principles of UV Radcure. They covered the topic of applications and application techniques in both industrial coating and printing industry and emerging applications like inkjet and 3D printing.
They covered also the issue of property control in curing: overall resistance properties, adhesion/flexibility, yellowing and weatherability, stability and shelflife.
The students had the chance to make some tests in the application lab. Some jr technicians of the lab joined the interesting seminar.

 

EVONIK – May 18th/19th
Spice up your coating,
With this motto a two-day additive training course was conducted at the ICA Academy for the International Career Master class in mid of May.
“Spices are essential for cooking just as additives are essential for coatings”
This statement was proven during the training given by the specialists of Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH, a German based chemical company specializing in coating additives and binders for the coating industry.
The participants gained an understanding of the chemistry and technology underlying coating additives as well as the benefits that can be imparted for the coating formulations. How to combat foam, which additives are needed to achieve the perfect finish for a wood coating and how to increase the yield of pigments were topics presented in several training sessions. In addition each presentation part was substantiated by a hands-on practical session in the special coating lab of the ICA Academy. A combination of theoretical and practical lessons ensured that the participants now have a deep insight into the successful formulation of wood coatings with additives.

 

ALBERDINGK BOLEY – May 22nd/23rd
ALBERDINGK BOLEY and NEUVENDIS presented a seminar on waterbased acrylic and polyurethane dispersion technology which allows understanding the basics of manufacturing, raw material choice and properties of the coatings. The session on the second day covered polymer design vs. paint formulation technology and helped to understand the “does” and “don’t does” in formulating waterbased polymers.
Presentations were held by Dr. Gregor Apitz (Head of R&D) and Markus Dimmers (Head of Technical Marketing).

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