Amcor to invest close to USD 35 mn in two innovation centres

Amcor has announced plans to build innovation centres in Jiangyin, China and Ghent, Belgium. The new facilities will welcome customers in mid-2022, with a full build-out over the next two years. The total investment is expected to be close to USD 35 million.

21 Aug 2021 | By Abhishek Muralidharan

According to the company, the new centres expand the global reach of its innovation network, which currently includes flagship sites such as Neenah, Wisconsin, and Manchester, Michigan, in the US, among other sites around the world. “The broader network will allow customers globally to tap into our deep material science expertise and packaging development capabilities,” said the company.

“Our innovation centres have already become trusted destinations for some of the world’s biggest brands as they work to improve both the sustainability of their products and the overall consumer experience,” said Peter Konieczny, chief commercial officer for Amcor. “We’re excited to expand our global innovation network and remain the growth partner of choice for customers across the world.”

The company claims the centres to include an immersive customer experience to generate consumer insights, run co-creation sessions and conduct rapid prototyping. The facilities will also comprise advanced analytical and material science labs, pilot manufacturing equipment, advanced packaging machinery, and the latest packaging recycling and composting know-how across multiple materials.

“Our innovation and design centres offer customers a unique space to test new ideas and technologies across a variety of materials and formats without disrupting commercial operations,” said William Jackson, chief technology officer for Amcor’s Flexibles business. “Our customers will be able to access our innovation capabilities wherever they are in the world and benefit from a seamless transfer of expertise and knowledge across the network.”

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