The new global centre will be used for product development, rapid sample prototyping and assessment of new packaging


ProAmpac has opened new Collaboration & Innovation Centre at Rochester campus in US. (Credit: ProAmpac)

Flexible packaging company ProAmpac has opened a new Collaboration & Innovation Centre (CIC) at its existing Rochester campus in New York State, US.

The new global 35,000ft² CIC includes the design and sample lab (DASL), the packaging lab and the analytical and physical packaging lab.

ProAmpac founder and CEO Greg Tucker said: “This is ProAmpac’s new home for product development, rapid sample prototyping and evaluation of new packaging, as well as a training hub for customers and employees.”

Since 2014, the DASL has been engaged in ideating and designing new packaging concepts and printed prototype samples. It was shifted from its former location in Ohio.

The packaging lab allows product developers to assess and integrate advanced materials for performance and sustainability.

It is suitable for filling trials and testing, shelf-life studies packaging testing and sizing for stability testing and pouching studies.

The analytical and physical packaging lab is a centralised corporate physical and analytical testing resource. The work was earlier conducted at multiple ProAmpac production facilities.

The lab consists of environmental chambers for hard-to-hold testing and new upgraded advanced analytical testing capabilities such as SEM, FTIR and DCS for film analysation.

ProAmpac’s new CIC is also said to adjoin the existing production facility in the Town of Ogden, near Rochester.

ProAmpac chief commercial officer Adam Grose said: “Our CIC is a one-stop center providing our customers with a resource that helps them address their packaging product development needs including product design, testing, graphic design and filling.”

Employing over 5,800 employees, ProAmpac supplies its offerings to more than 5,000 customers in 90 countries.

Earlier this month, the company acquired UK-based flexible packaging solutions provider Ultimate Packaging.