Lund University and Tetra Pak sign a five-year strategic partnership agreement

Innovating together for a sustainable future

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Lund University and Tetra Pak will aim to create new industry-academic development opportunities, promote the sharing of resources and competencies. Photo - Tetra Pak

Lund University and Tetra Pak have recently signed a five-year strategic partnership agreement, expanding their rich history of collaboration on packaging logistics, food technology, and packaging materials. According to the press statement, together, Lund University and Tetra Pak will aim to create new industry-academic development opportunities, promote the sharing of resources and competencies, explore opportunities to enrich ideas, and create a platform of exchange between students and professionals.

Circular and bio-based economy

This partnership aims to address areas such as circular and bio-based economy collectively, says the press release. Industry-academia cooperation is critical for the company to fostering new solutions within the food value chain and perfecting numerous industrial processes. By collaborating with Lund University, Tetra Pak has been able to advance the mixing of industrial emulsified products and form new package shapes and formats. As another instance of their numerous joint-collaboration activities, both players are core members of Treesearch, Sweden’s largest research collaboration platform to develop new and sustainable materials from forest resources.

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Torbjörn von Schantz, vice-chancellor of Lund University, said, “Tetra Pak is a key strategic partner and we have collaborated for many years. As we now deepen, broaden, and formalize this cooperation, we see even greater opportunities to develop excellent research, knowledge, and innovations together, while strengthening the region’s attractiveness. Academia and industry need to work closely in the long-term to solve complex societal challenges such as sustainability, which is very much in focus for this collaboration.”

Laurence Mott, executive vice president, Development & Engineering and R&D, Tetra Pak, concluded, “Close collaboration between industry and academia is an essential component of Tetra Pak’s innovation effort. The partnership with Lund University provides Tetra Pak access to cutting edge academic competencies and will create new opportunities for staff, students and Tetra Pak employees alike. Together we can tackle some of the fundamental challenges our industry faces and ultimately better support our customers and consumers globally.”

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