Canadian Packaging

Exopack Creates R&D Facility


August 10, 2010
by Canadian Packaging Staff

There is a good chance that you have already "touched” Exopack several hundred times today–from touch-screen devices to battery components for electric cars to the toaster pastry you had for breakfast, Exopack’s films and flexible packaging solutions may have somehow played a role in one’s daily life.
 
As a continued commitment to improve the consumer experience through innovative products, Exopack Holding Corporation has formed a Corporate Research & Development team. This team will be led by Tom Lee, director of research & development, and will be headquartered at Exopack’s Menasha, WI manufacturing facility.
 
A recent acquisition by Exopack of highly-desirable technologies from the former Alcan Food Americas Group helped spawn the idea for a centralized R&D team that could capitalize on the core competencies of the more than 50 engineers and scientists currently working within Exopack’s various business units. The focus of this team will be to develop and bring to market the latest cutting-edge flexible packaging products.
 
“Bringing new products to market is extremely important to Exopack. To do this effectively, we must ensure that our people are working as one cohesive team, and that their individual skills and expertise are utilized to their fullest potential,” remarks Jack Knott, chairman and chief executive officer of Exopack.
 
In addition to the Menasha R&D Center, Exopack will maintain R&D specialists and product testing laboratories at their corporate headquarters in Spartanburg, SC and within their Advanced Coatings facilities in Matthews, NC and Wrexham, North Wales, U.K.
 
Exopack, who pioneered the use of Hefty Slider-zipper technology on multiwall kraft structures, has consistently been honored over the years for unique product developments that focus on consumer convenience and communicate a “sensory-promise”. The company recently commercialized their large-format RAVE-Composite structures for use in the pet food market to reduce damage during transit.
 
Additionally, Exopack remains committed to developing eco-friendly packaging through the use of recyclable and compostable substrates, PFOA-Free (Perfluorooctanoic Acid is a suspected carcinogen used in making Teflon) materials and down-gaugeable films.
 
For more information on Exopack Holding Corp., an affiliate company of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., visit www.exopack.com or call 877- 447-3539.