Arnhem, 10 April 2012 – Students from three high schools are going in a debate to discuss about a cleaner future through technology, This will take place tomorrow, April 11, 2012, The winning school will go to the national finals of Clean Tech – The Battle on June 6, 2012. Gert Frederiks, CEO of Teijin Aramid in Arnhem and president of the jury will discuss with the students the theme clean technology.
Each participating school receives in preparation for the debate a statement, they have to decide if they are for or against that statement. In the last round, students get the chance based on their own opinion to debate. This last statement is introduced by the CEO of Teijin Aramid, Gert Frederiks, and reads: “A tax on products that are not sustainable.”
Pupils from three secondary schools take part in the competition:
• Marianum from Groenlo;
• Regius College from Schagen;
• Liemers College from Blomberg.
Additional to the winning schools, three individual prices will be awarded:
1st prize – the trophy for best individual debater
2nd prize – the pepper mill, for the sharpest statement.
3rd prize – the debate bell, an encouragement for those who slip on a humorous way
Teijin Aramid has its international headquarters in Arnhem and is the largest producer of aramids in the world. Gert Frederiks, CEO & President of Teijin Aramid: “Not only our company but the entire society will benefit from the fact that knowledge and achievements on learning in all educational levels be encouraged and facilitated. By going into debate with high school students on sustainability and technology, we invest in a generation that recognizes the value of sustainable technology and can apply to in the future. ”
Cleantech – The Battle is an initiative of Science Center NEMO in Amsterdam and Jet-Net (a national organization dedicated to technology companies and schools together) in collaboration with the Dutch Debate Institute and the Science Center NEMO. The Battle takes place at the headquarters of Teijin Aramid to Velperweg 76, Arnhem from 1.15 to 3.15 pm on April 11, 2012.
About Teijin Aramid
Teijin Aramid is a subsidiary of the Teijin Group and world leader in aramids. Its products Twaron, Sulfron, Teijinconex and Technora are renowned for their strength, sustainability, safety, heat resistance and low weight and is used in different applications and markets including automotive, ballistic protection, marine, civil engineering, protective clothing, fiber optic cables and oil & gas. The four high performance fibers are produced in the Netherlands and Japan. For more information: www.teijinaramid.com.
Teijin Limited, the holding company for the Teijin Group, is listed on the Tokyo and Osaka stock exchanges. The group had a consolidated turnover of USD 9.8 billion (JPY 815.7 billion) and USD 9.2 billion (JPY 761.5 billion) in assets in the fiscal year that ended on 31 March 2011. The Teijin Group has 17,542 employees, distributed over 150 different companies worldwide. For more information, visit: www.teijin.co.jp/english
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