Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, a business unit of Dow, recently opened a new Pack Studios Tarragona, the 10th in a global network of Pack Studios sites helping customers to improve packaging sustainability by providing a testing platform to shorten development cycles for new solutions.
“Designed to serve the packaging industry by accelerating innovation and supporting the industry’s sustainability goals, our Pack Studios in Tarragona are the result of several years of development: they are equipped with state-of-the-art 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”, said Felip Vidiella, EMEA Senior R&D Director at Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics.
Pack Studios Tarragona is equipped with a 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. All these modern facilities help customers evaluate packaging film performance according to evolving recyclability standards while enabling the assessment of multi-layer films production 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. Unique to the EMEA region, these centers can provide a comprehensive support for the performance testing of industrial films for moving goods safely and sustainably, enabled by cutting-edge technologies including an end-to end wrapping line, horizontal stability tester, and tilting table.
As Dow enters a new decade, it continues to prioritize its will to design recyclable packaging: Dow is committed to taking 100,000 tons of waste plastic and incorporating it into its products by 2025. The strategy to advance this circular plastics economy has entailed forging partnerships with technology developers to tap into cutting-edge processes and to continue to scale up, and these relationships find an ideal development ground precisely in Pack Studios, which are strategically positioned around the world to holistically identify increasingly sustainable packaging solutions to ensure the future of this industry in society.