The new Michelman Innovation Centre for Coatings will allow for collaborative innovation between brand owners, film producers, converters, universities, and others involved in the research and development of sustainable packaging.
“MICC aims to develop packaging that offers recyclable structures, increased shelf life and food safety, compostabiliy, waste reduction and downgauging, among others,” said Shailesh Nema, country manager for India at Michelman.
This new Packaging Incubator will provide an opportunity to evaluate new technology, prototype innovative structures and quickly commercialise superior packaging.
“Our application and materials experts are ready to help develop solutions when new opportunities arise. The centerpiece is a dual-station pilot coater laminator that allows packaging manufacturers to test new concepts without stopping their production lines,” added Nema.
The highlights of the MICC are: Multifunctional coating heads for various coating methods or adhesive application, multiple printing processes, ability to coat a wide range of substrates up to 400-micron thickness, UV top and heat nip lamination capability, and an application testing lab.
MICC also has training and conference facility which will be available for use by all members of the packaging value chain.
The Packaging Incubator, outfitted with training and conference rooms, is staffed by Michelman’s application and materials experts, who work closely with the entire packaging value chain. Users of the facility also have access to Michelman’s technical, marketing and regulatory experts, to aid in the development and commercialization of new and improved products.
The company has launched a new India-centric website (www.michelman.in) which introduces visitors to Michelman’s line of water-based coatings formulated for the Indian flexible packaging market. Various grades are available for heat seal, oxygen barrier, print receptivity, and overprint varnishing applications.