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Dow introduces new pack studios innovation center in Italy

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

To further enable the development of packaging innovation, The Dow Chemical Company is announcing the introduction of a new Pack Studios innovation center in Mozzate, Italy.

The new center underpins the increased commitment to growth and innovation of the Dow Adhesives portfolio for the Packaging, Textiles and Hygiene markets. Source: Dow
The new center underpins the increased commitment to growth and innovation of the Dow Adhesives portfolio for the Packaging, Textiles and Hygiene m...

Purpose-built to address the needs of its adhesives customers, the new center further expands Dow’s global capabilities and underpins the increased commitment to growth and innovation of the Dow Adhesives portfolio for the Packaging, Textiles and Hygiene markets.

Faster commercialisation of new adhesives

A global initiative from Dow, Pack Studios provides customers an opportunity to leverage the company’s expertise, broad product portfolio, and product and application testing capabilities to accelerate the development of innovative solutions.

"Dow has a tradition of cooperatively helping customers drive innovation,” said Fabrizio Trinchero, Dow Adhesives Sales Director for EMEA. "With the Mozzate Pack Studios facility we are building upon this foundation, creating a new standard for collaborative development in packaging. From equipment manufacturers and package designers to prototyping specialists and resin experts, Pack Studios brings them all together and puts their knowledge to work for our customers. The aim is faster commercialisation of new adhesives solutions.”

"We are very pleased with this new facility because it allows us to take the Dow Adhesives’ promise to deliver Science that Connects to the next level of implementation and reflects our commitment to driving deeper collaboration across the value chain to deliver innovative solutions for our customers and the industry,” Trinchero continued.

Validating packaging applications

The Mozzate center joins the innovative ranks of the four established Pack Studios facilities in Switzerland, Brazil, China and Texas. Like the other global innovation hubs, the new Italian Pack Studios features a collaboration room to inspire solution-based thinking, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for material development, and fabrication and testing equipment to validate packaging applications. Dow customers and other stakeholders in the packaging value chain also have the opportunity to collaborate on-site with technical teams as well as a global network of industry experts in packaging application, materials and design. Furthermore, Pack Studios connects customers with Dow’s global network of capabilities, which include resins, lamination, converting, packaging, testing, etc.

New laminator line

A feature of the Mozzate Pack Studios center is a new industry-scale "Nordmeccanica Super Combi 3000” laminator line. This allows customers to minimize the downtime associated with prototyping, testing, and wear and tear on their own equipment as well as eliminate the need to use their own equipment or disrupt their commercial production.

"Nordmeccanica strongly believes in the power of innovation,” commented Giancarlo Caimmi, Phd, Commercial Director Nordmeccanica Group. "This is the reason why we are honored to partner at the Pack Studios with Dow, by providing state of the art technology in machinery for coating and lamination and active collaboration targeted to new developments. Nowadays technology is in fact so advanced that innovation is the result of the combined effort of multiple players. Pack Studios is the perfect example of what we consider a winning concept and we are really pleased to have a part in it”.

The result of this overarching collaboration concept is a full innovation cycle hub where customers can now test packaging concepts from raw material to actual package performance for a faster product development cycle time.

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