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Amcor to build a packaging innovation center in Flanders

Investing in innovation seems to be at the core of Amcor. A leader in developing and producing responsible packaging, the American-Australian concern will be expanding its global network with two state-of-the-art innovation centers. One will be situated in Ghent (Flanders), the other in Jiangyin (China). The construction of both centers represents a total investment of around USD 35 million.

Material science and packaging development

Scheduled to welcome customers as of mid-2022, the new innovation centers in Flanders and China are part of Amcor’s ambition to allow its customers around the globe to tap into its material science expertise and packaging development capabilities. As such, the new centers will complement the company’s existing innovation centers in North America.Scheduled to welcome customers as of mid-2022, the new innovation centers in Flanders and China are part of Amcor’s ambition to allow its customers around the globe to tap into its material science expertise and packaging development capabilities. As such, the new centers will complement the company’s existing innovation centers in North America.

Our innovation centers have become trusted destinations for some of the world’s biggest brands as they work to improve the sustainability of their products and overall consumer experience. We’re excited to expand our global innovation network and remain the growth partner of choice for customers across the world.

Peter Konieczny
Chief Commercial Officer for Amcor

Possibilities galore

It’s no overstatement to say that the sky is the limit at Amcor’s innovation centers, which enable in-depth customer contacts for joint packaging design as well as advanced laboratory work and more. What’s more, the centers feature high-tech machines for the production of test series. These machines can mimic the factories of Amcor’s customers to run trials without disruptions to their production activities.

Only adding to these capabilities, the newly announced innovation center in Ghent will include features that are in high demand from customers, such as:

  • immersive customer experience facilities to generate consumer insights, run co-creation sessions and conduct rapid prototyping;
  • advanced analytical and material science labs;
  • dedicated pilot manufacturing equipment;
  • packaging machinery that replicates customer operations;
  • the latest packaging recycling and composting know-how.

Our innovation and design centers offer customers a unique space to test new ideas and technologies across a variety of materials and formats without disrupting commercial operations.

William Jackson
Chief Technology Officer for Amcor’s Flexibles business

Familiar ground

Flanders is familiar ground for Amcor: the company operates a production site in Ghent. This facility works within Amcor’s Flexible Packaging division, which also makes plastic bottles, special cardboard packaging, caps and capsules.

The Ghent site employs some 400 people and already houses several laboratories – to which the new innovation center is soon to be added.

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Amcor
Reported by
newspaper De Tijd, website Amcor
13 September 2021

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