GERMANY – American flexible packaging and material science company ProAmpac has signed an agreement with the packaging engineering department of Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart (Stuttgart Media University) to develop coated paper technologies.
As part of this collaboration, the two entities will work together to develop kerbside-recyclable, high-performance coated paper technologies.
The new coated paper development program will see the university providing its printing/coater assets, as well as its paper and coating technologies expertise to support the development.
Professor Michael Herrenbauer of the university said: “We are pleased to partner with ProAmpac to advance novel paper-based sustainable packaging.
“The development of sustainable materials and coatings for packaging is our research focus. It is a great honour for us to collaborate with ProAmpac in this very important field.”
ProAmpac will be responsible for providing its material science expertise along with its experience and capabilities in sustainable fiber-based packaging solutions.
ProAmpac’s senior vice president of Global Product Development and Innovation Hesam Tabatabaei added: “This partnership, combined with our other global material and food science university partnerships, will expand the applications of our sustainable fiber-based product portfolio by offering very high-performance recyclable paper technologies to our customers.”
Currently, these mentioned alliances include those with the University of Manchester, Rutgers University, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and Clemson University.
The flexible packaging company established a research and development alliance with Polytechnique Montréal in Canada in April 2020.
ProAmpac recently received two awards at the 2023 annual Excellence in Flexography Awards hosted by the Flexographic Technical Association (FTA).
The Excellence in Flexography Awards is recognized as the most prestigious program in the flexographic industry and is the recognition flexographers worldwide strive to attain distinguishing top performers within the package printing and converting sector.
ProAmpac was presented a Bronze Award in the Mid Web Process/Coated Paper Category for the Hidden Valley Zesty Alfredo Premium Season Mix flexography design.
The judges commended the packages’ clean register and excellent tonality, highlighting the small text’s exceptional quality.
Adam Grose, chief commercial officer of ProAmpac said: “This recognition from the FTA reflects ProAmpac’s unwavering commitment to graphic excellence and our continuous investment in enhancing our flexographic capabilities.
“Our skilled team of flexographic printers remains dedicated to delivering exceptional flexible packaging solutions for our valued customers.”
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