Dow Pack Studios Tarragona sets packaging industry up for sustainable success

State-of the-art innovation spaces for designing packaging for recyclability, enhancing load stability and energy efficiency and delivering optimal label performance.


TARRAGONA, Spain – October 26, 2020 –
Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics, a business unit of Dow (NYSE: DOW), introduces Pack Studios Tarragona, the 10th in a global network of Pack Studios sites helping customers address packaging sustainability by providing a testing platform to shorten development cycles for new formats and load stability innovation. Dow will inaugurate Pack Studios Tarragona with a Virtual Grand Opening on 28 October.

“Designed to serve the packaging industry by accelerating innovation and supporting the industry’s sustainability goals, our Pack Studios in Tarragona is the result of several years of development,” said Felip Vidiella, EMEA Senior R&D Director at Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics. “Pack Studios Tarragona is equipped with state-of-the-art film production and testing capabilities for primary and secondary packaging applications in food and industrial packaging, health and hygiene materials, as well as adhesive innovation in labels.”

“We’ve listened closely to the packaging industry, and we are excited to inaugurate our newest Pack Studios in Tarragona to help customers realize their packaging ideas”, said Marco ten Bruggencate, EMEA Commercial Vice President at Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics. “This new Pack Studios represents our strong commitment to the industry’s move to a circular economy.”

Industrial-scale film innovation and cutting-edge load stability innovation center With a clear focus on sustainable film innovation, Pack Studios Tarragona offers a broad range of lab- and industrial-scale blown and cast lines, from 5- to 9-layer extrusion, to enable production and testing of different films from industrial to barrier food packaging. As part of Dow’s approach to designing packaging for recyclability, these modern facilities help customers evaluate packaging film performance according to evolving recyclability standards while enabling the assessment of multi-layer films production with recycled contents.

Building on Dow’s long-standing engagement with moving goods safely, the Load Stability Innovation Center at Pack Studios Tarragona supports the development of new, improved industrial film solutions, designed to increase safety and reduce waste and costs during transportation of packaged goods. Unique to the EMEA region, the facilities can provide a comprehensive support for the performance testing of industrial films and trialing concepts for moving goods safely and sustainably, enabled by cutting-edge technologies including an end-toend wrapping line, horizontal stability tester, and tilting table.

The equipment and capabilities of Pack Studios Tarragona and the wider Pack Studios EMEA network are complemented by Dow’s long-standing relationships with leading packaging machine manufacturers which help empower the Pack Studios team to enhance packaging design, performance and time to market. Pack Studios Tarragona’s film innovation capabilities complement Dow’s Pack Studios EMEA offering for primary food and specialty packaging, with Pack Studios in Italy and Switzerland providing film lamination testing and packaging prototyping.

Remote trials enabled by Pack Studios Live!
Responding to current travel limitations, Dow is offering customers the opportunity to trial their innovations in Pack Studios Tarragona remotely. “Through our Pack Studios Live! capabilities we’ve removed the need for customers to board a plane to run trials in our testing lines,” comments Carolina Chirinos, Pack Studios Tarragona Lab Manager and Pack Studios Live! focal point. “Instead, they can join trials remotely from their location via live-streaming directly onto their computer screen.”

Join the Virtual Grand Opening
The virtual grand opening of Pack Studios Tarragona will take place via webcast streaming on 28 October. Interested participants are welcome to register via this link.

About Pack Studios
Pack Studios is at the center of a network of key players in the packaging value chain. We come together in spaces tailor-made for imagining and creating new solutions, with facilities to conceptualize, develop, and test ideas on site in key locations around the world. Combining our global reach and expert, local insight allows us to accelerate innovation in sustainable packaging and drive the circular economy.

About Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics
Packaging and Specialty Plastics (P&SP), a business unit of Dow (NYSE: DOW), combines core strengths of R&D, worldwide reach, broad product lines and industry expertise to deliver high performing technologies for end use markets in food packaging, personal hygiene, infrastructure, consumer goods and transportation. P&SP is one of the world’s largest producers of polyethylene resins, functional polymers, and adhesives, and enabled by Pack Studios, is a leading innovator and collaborator across the value chain on sustainable application development and circular economy life-cycle design for plastics.

About Dow
Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation and leading business positions to achieve profitable growth. The Company’s ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company. Dow’s portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure and consumer care. Dow operates 109 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 36,500 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $43 billion in 2019. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.

For further information please contact:

Uta Uenal
Dow Europe GmbH
+41 44 728 36 71

Patrick Kennedy
Porter Novelli
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