Coveris, a premier packaging and engineered coatings manufacturer, has reportedly announced that it is going to open a development center in Leeds, UK. Sources claim that the development center – tentatively titled ‘Pack Positive Centre’, the first facility in the industry, is being launched in an academic partnership with The Retail Institute at Leeds Beckett University. The center will be launched on January 31, 2019, to provide a collaborative development and learning space to connect industry shareholders with new technologies, trends, materials, and new ways of thinking.
Coveris stated that the center has been effectively conceived to ensure that sustainability remains the nerve center across the paper and plastic packaging sectors in the future.
Apparently, the center is an extension of the Pack Positive sustainability strategy which the firm launched in early 2018, with an aim to deliver 100 percent recyclable packaging by 2025, in-sync with the UK Plastics Pact targets. The center will seemingly focus on the packaging development process – right from ideation and insight, testing, printing, till the commercialization, recyclability, and the focus on designing waste, to meet the UK law requirement for 30 percent recycled plastic content by 2022.
Gary Rehwinkel, UK President, Coveris, was reportedly quoted stating that they are pleased to open the Pack Positive Center and declare our partnership with The Retail Institute at Leeds Beckett University. They are further determined to support their retail partners and customers in collaboration to prepone packaging delivery targets, Rehwinkel claimed.
Olga Munroe, Head, The Retail Institute at the Leeds Beckett University, was reportedly quoted stating that the Development Centre’ vision is to become a consumer centered, academically informed, and a future thinking hub that will deliver innovation services to the packaging industry. The Retail Institute is happy to have partnered with Coveris and to be able to provide support to the facility that will ensure the future of packaging.
For the uninitiated, the new development facility is expected to drive supplier innovation and collaboration and it will be used as a test facility for new technologies.