Today, Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, a business unit of Dow, held the virtual grand opening of Pack Studios Tarragona in Spain. It is the tenth in a global network of Pack Studios established by Dow as innovation spaces for designing packaging and helping customers address packaging sustainability issues.
The new site is equipped with film production and testing capabilities for primary and secondary packaging applications in food and industrial packaging, health and hygiene materials, as well as adhesive innovation in labels.
The focus on sustainable film innovation is evidenced by the broad range of lab- and industrial-scale blown and cast lines, from 5- to 9-layer extrusion, to enable production and testing of different films from industrial to barrier food packaging. Here, customers are able to evaluate packaging film performance according to evolving recyclability standards while exploring the possibilities of multi-layer films production, for example, with recycled contents.
The Load Stability Innovation Center at Pack Studios Tarragona supports the development of new, improved industrial film solutions, designed to increase safety and reduce waste and costs during transportation of packaged goods. Equipped with an end-to-end wrapping line, horizontal stability tester, and tilting table, the facilities also offer the opportunity for the performance testing of industrial films and trialling concepts for moving goods safely and sustainably.
Pack Studios Tarragona’s film innovation capabilities complement Dow’s Pack Studios EMEA offering for primary food and specialty packaging, with Pack Studios in Italy and Switzerland providing film lamination testing and packaging prototyping.
Responding to current travel limitations, customers can also trial their innovations in Pack Studios Tarragona remotely. “Through our Pack Studios Live! capabilities we’ve removed the need for customers to board a plane to run trials in our testing lines,” said Carolina Chirinos, Pack Studios Tarragona Lab Manager and Pack Studios Live! focal point. “Instead, they can join trials remotely from their location via live-streaming directly onto their computer screen.”