Global innovation and business development agreement

Dow, Nordmeccanica to collaborate

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Diego Donoso, global business president, Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics (second from left), seals the global innovation and business development agreement with a hand-shake with Antonio Cerciello (third from left), owner of Nordmeccanica Group.

To further accelerate the development of packaging innovation, the Dow Chemical Company (Dow) has announced a global innovation and business development agreement with Nordmeccanica, one of the leaders in coating, laminating and metallizing machinery. Both companies see enormous potential to advance solutions for the flexible packaging industry by combining adhesive development with machine pioneering that targets new technologies for faster commercialization to market.

New developments can be expected from the joint collaboration with Dow and Nordmeccanica through Dow’s Pack Studios in Mozzate, Italy. Customized to address the needs of Dow’s adhesives customers, this innovation and technology training centre offers a large collaboration space and hosts an industry-scale Nordmeccanica Super Combi 3000 laminator line. This state-of-the-art equipment allows international customers to test, prototype and bring forward innovation in packaging lamination without interrupting their own commercial production.

The agreement will also enable similar capabilities at additional Pack Studios across the globe. Pack Studios provide customers an opportunity to leverage Dow’s expertise, broad product portfolio, and product and application testing capabilities to accelerate the development of innovative solutions. Moreover, Pack Studios connect customers with Dow’s global network of capabilities and enable collaboration across the value chain – including resins, lamination, packaging design, converting and prototyping.

Dow’s Adhesives Pack Studios in Mozzate, Italy, was inaugurated in 2015

Aiming at faster commercialization of new adhesive solutions, Dow and Nordmeccanica are working on joint projects in order to bring several new technologies to the market in 2016.  “This formal development agreement reflects another milestone in Dow’s strong commitment to the adhesives industry, coupled with the strong participation in the flexible packaging market through our polyethylene and specialty resin offerings,” states Greg Bunker, Dow’s global business director for Adhesives for Packaging, Textiles and Hygiene. To introduce the first significant innovation milestone resulting from this collaboration, Dow and Nordmeccanica will exhibit at drupa 2016.

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