„The advantages of plastic tableware are obvious. When several thousand trays and plates pass through the hands of employees and students in the canteen, weight and background noise make a big difference when handling the dishes.“ 

Detlef Will

Department Manager University Catering Bielefeld

Canteen with restaurant atmosphere

Sophisticated ambience and high-quality tableware in an own design with individual decor should create a restaurant atmosphere for the guests of the canteen. Detlef Will initially aimed for a porcelain interior, but the decision was then made in favour of melamine. A good choice, says the gastronomy expert. After all, he did not have to make any compromises in terms of appearance and was able to inspire employees and guests alike with less weight and less noise.

“We wanted to create a modern gastronomic experience”, is how Detlef Will describes his objective. As head of the department university gastronomy for the department of planning and construction of the student union Bielefeld, he took the responsibility for the new canteen building in the so-called „Building X“ on the south campus. 

From the idea to the series

With the decision for melamine the decision for the Minden-based company ORNAMIN was made. „We have been working well together with Ornamin for decades, so it was only natural to ask the tableware manufacturer about this project as well”, remembers Detlef Will. The student union Bielefeld was advised and accompanied from the idea to series production: suggestions for the design and decor were presented, samples built, flushing tests carried out and tool construction implemented. In the end, two new articles – a deep and a flat plate – went into production. In addition, the student union decided for side dishes and dessert bowls from the existing product range as a supplement.


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