Zip-Pak, a global leader in resealable technology for flexible packaging, is establishing a new Engineering and Innovation Center (EIC) at its Carol Stream, IL headquarters. With an
opening date scheduled for late 2017, the EIC will house 9,100 square feet of laboratory space along with 5,000 square feet of engineering and office space. The new EIC will centralize Zip-Pak’s product innovation and core business functions under one roof. It
will also place engineering and innovation in close proximity to its core U.S. manufacturing facilities, as well as a number of key customers and supply chain partners.
“Our new EIC will enable us to be more nimble and flexible in responding to the needs of our customers,” says David Pritchard, who was recently named Zip-Pak Director of Global Innovation and Engineering, and will carry out the mission of the EIC. Pritchard, a 30-year veteran of the flexible packaging industry, has spent his last 12 with Zip-Pak in various leadership, sales, and engineering roles. “Enhanced collaboration among our teams of packaging experts, along with our supply chain partners and customers, will provide even greater levels of service, support and cost efficiencies.”
Through extensive and ongoing consumer research, Zip-Pak continues to strive toward advancements in resealable solutions that fully deliver on consumer wants and needs. Recent focus group feedback has called attention to areas of consumer concern regarding confidence in a secure seal, and a desire for a more positive experience when initially accessing the product contents of a flexible package. As a result, Zip-Pak has developed several tactile and audible feedback technologies to provide assurance that a resealable package is fully closed.