Dow introduces new innovation centre in Italy

Dow Centre ItalyThe Dow Chemical Company (Dow) has announced the introduction of a new Pack Studios innovation centre in Mozzate, Italy.

Purpose-built to address the needs of its adhesives customers, the new centre further expands Dow’s global capabilities and underpins the increased commitment to growth and innovation of the Dow Adhesives portfolio for the packaging, textiles and hygiene markets.

A global initiative from Dow, Pack Studios provides customers an opportunity to leverage the company’s expertise, broad product portfolio, and product and application testing capabilities to accelerate the development of solutions.

“Dow has a tradition of cooperatively helping customers drive innovation,” said Fabrizio Trinchero, Dow Adhesives sales director for EMEA. “With the Mozzate Pack Studios facility we are building upon this foundation, creating a new standard for collaborative development in packaging. From equipment manufacturers and package designers to prototyping specialists and resin experts, Pack Studios brings them all together and puts their knowledge to work for our customers. The aim is faster commercialisation of new adhesives solutions.

The Mozzate centre joins the innovative ranks of the four established Pack Studios facilities in Switzerland, Brazil, China and Texas. Like the other global innovation hubs, the new Italian Studios features a collaboration room to inspire solution-based thinking, state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for material development, and fabrication and testing equipment to validate packaging applications.

Dow customers and other stakeholders in the packaging value chain can also collaborate on-site with dedicated Dow technical teams and customers can connect with the company’s global network of capabilities, which include resins, lamination, converting, packaging, testing, etc.

A unique feature of the Mozzate Pack Studios centre is a new industry-scale Nordmeccanica Super Combi 3000 laminator line. This allows customers to minimise the downtime associated with prototyping, testing, and wear and tear on their own equipment, as well as eliminate the need to use their own equipment or disrupt their commercial production.

Giancarlo Caimmi, Phd, commercial director Nordmeccanica Group, added: “Nowadays technology is in fact so advanced that innovation is the result of the combined effort of multiple players. Pack Studios is the perfect example of what we consider a winning concept and we are really pleased to have a part in it”.

The result of this overarching collaboration is a full innovation cycle hub where customers can now test packaging concepts from raw material to actual package performance for a faster product development cycle time.