Integrating Climate Protection into Industrial Training

This was the IGP Company Challenge 2022

IGP’s apprentices are actively engaged in climate protection

Last year, IGP Powder Coatings launched the IGP Company Challenge in partnership with the myclimate foundation. In teams, fifteen trainees worked on ideas to enable IGP to contribute more to environmental and climate protection. IGP is thus helping to combat climate change while investing in the education of young people. The winning team lobbied for increased e-mobility and won some attractive prizes.


Team 1

Less acetone, more help for the environment!

Team 2

Machines also need a coffee break!

Team 3

No more wasted paper!

Team 4

Every drop counts

Team 5

Zero-carbon mobility at the point of use!



Since the last project day and the interim presentations, our team has continued working on our ideas and begun carrying out practical experiments in the lab. The aim of these experiments was to find a new way to efficiently clean our machines using little or no acetone. We had various ideas for solutions to this. Unfortunately, we had some trouble with our idea, but we have now gathered a lot of information and are back on track. The first tests have been carried out; some unsuccessful, some successful. This has enabled us to rule out some of our ideas and we are now making progress. Our next goal will be to find out if it is possible to mix the acetone with water. This will ensure fairly rapid evaporation. We are considering trying the whole process with just the mill for now, as the extruder is heated to 100°C.
Over the last few weeks our team has been identifying areas where IGP has the greatest potential to save energy or electricity. We are currently working on a poster that we have created ourselves to raise employee awareness of this issue. In addition, we are putting together a PowerPoint. We still have some unanswered questions and are waiting for a colleague to email us the answers. It’s great to see our project taking shape. We are working very well as a team and really enjoying the collaboration. We are confident that our machines will also be allowed to take “coffee breaks” in the future, thus saving energy.
Our team had set itself the goal of digitizing the formulas documented on paper that are used in our laboratory. Over the last few weeks we have worked hard on our project and are already nearing our goal. However, we also encountered some difficulties as it wasn’t initially clear to us why using tablets wouldn’t work. After a long discussion with IT, this was explained to us and we now understand the situation. We subsequently developed three alternative solutions, which we are now pursuing. It’s fun to work as a group because we are a great team and are good at allocating the various tasks.


This contact form is deactivated because you refused to accept Google reCaptcha service which is necessary to validate any messages sent by the form.