Sonoco held the Grand Opening of its state-of-the-art iPS Studio on October 27, 2015, hosting more than 100 guests including state officials, customers and community leaders. The iPS Studio is a leading-edge research, development and innovation center that connects consumer and market insights to the invention of new packaging solutions, all under one roof. Sonoco invested $12 million to build the new Innovative Packaging Solutions research and development studio at its Hartsville, S.C. headquarters. Key features of the iPS Studio include a Consumer Interaction space enabling live, direct observation of consumers interacting with products and packaging in areas including retail, kitchen, living and bathroom environments; collaborative spaces where experts can interact with the latest technologies to turn ideas into packaging concepts; technology for the development of structural design and manufacturing options that access potential for commercialization; a pilot plant to test manufacturing performance, state-of-the-art printing capability and rapid prototyping labs that aid in developing engineered prototypes that can then be tested in real world simulation spaces.
Metsä Board – part of the Metsa Group – is proud to announce that it will establish a Paperboard and Packaging Excellence Centre in Äänekoski, Finland.
The new centre will combine packaging design and R&D excellence under the same roof to be able to boost the development of new paperboard and packaging solutions of the future.
“The new Excellence Centre will enable a wide variety of collaboration, especially in the area of holistic packaging design, throughout the value chain. We will be able to organise packaging design workshops and innovation days together with our customers and partners in order to demonstrate the full potential of our lightweight, fresh fibre paperboards,” said Sari Pajari, SVP Sales and Marketing, Metsä Board.
The centre is perfectly situated in a bioeconomy ecosystem which is unique in the world. The site is shared with many businesses including Metsä Group’s next-generation bioproduct mill, Metsä Board’s board mill, the Pro Nemus visitor centre and a demo plant for Metsä Spring and Japanese Itochu Corporation that will start the production of textile fibres at the end of 2019.
The Excellence Centre will include offices, a laboratory, R&D facilities and a packaging design studio with modern technology, as well as the customer feedback centre. The project will proceed with construction planning starting in the summer with the aim for the centre to be operational in 2020.