Dow and Nordmeccanica Collaborate

HORGEN, SWITZERLAND | Dow Chemical Company announces a global innovation and business development agreement with Nordmeccanica, a worldwide supplier of coating, laminating, and metallizing machinery. Both companies say they see enormous potential to advance solutions for the flexible packaging industry by combining adhesive development with machine pioneering to target 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 center offers a large collaboration space and hosts an industry–scale Nordmeccanica Super Combi 3000 laminator line. Dow says this equipment allows international customers to test, prototype, and bring forward innovation in packaging lamination without interrupting their own commercial production. The collaboration agreement between Dow and Nordmeccanica will also enable similar capabilities at additional Pack Studios across the globe. 

Diego Donoso, global business president Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics (2nd from left), seals the global innovation and business development agreement with Antonio Cerciello (3rd from left), owner of Nordmeccanica Group

Aiming at faster commercialization of new adhesive solutions, Dow and Nordmeccanica are working on joint projects in order to bring several new technologies to 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,” says Greg Bunker, Dow’s global business director for Adhesives for Packaging, Textiles and Hygiene. “It truly builds on Dow’s tradition of collaboration across the industry to accelerate innovation to market, taking advantage of Dow's back integration in polyurethane, acrylics, and polyethylene.

“Nordmeccanica truly believes in the power of these two companies to drive innovation,” says Vincenzo Cerciello, technical manager Nordmeccanica Group. “Technology these days is so advanced that innovation is the result of the combined efforts of multiple players. With this strong collaboration, we will continue to fuel the growth of the flexible packaging industry that touches almost everyone's life on the planet. This industry is also one of the most significant to drive sustainable packaging development, with the most efficient material usage, as well as reducing food waste along the global food supply chain.”

To introduce the first significant innovation milestone resulting from this strategic collaboration, Dow and Nordmeccanica will exhibit at drupa 2016, the international trade fair for printing solutions in Düsseldorf, Germany, May 31–June 10.

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