Klöckner Pentaplast Opens R&D Center

BARCELONA, SPAIN | Klöckner Pentaplast Group, a global supplier in the rigid, thermoform, and flexible film market, announces the company’s newest kp i.center in Spain. The center, which provides a collaborative space to help global food and consumer products (FCP) customers bring products to market more quickly and economically, is located in Sant Cugat, 30 km with direct highways from Barcelona.

Daniel Dayan, president FCP, Klöckner Pentaplast, says, “Our kp i.center stands for interaction, ideas, and innovation, the core elements in driving forward-thinking research and development in today’s packaging industry.”

The kp i.center combines a dedicated area resourced with marketing, sales, and R&D experts together with laboratory, prototyping facilities, a supermarket, and an FCP market research center. The company has integrated industrial and technical capabilities to deliver a full experience from concept to production of a packing solution. “Close collaboration with our customers is the key to success,” says Dr. Helene Roberts, director, FCP Marketing & Innovation. “Our kp i.center enables us to offer them a totally comprehensive range of resources and expertise.” The center is aimed at supporting commercial, technical, and operational leaders to immerse themselves in idea sharing leading to the discovery of innovative packaging solutions.

“This will be a live space that will be constantly evolving. It’s somewhere that we can showcase different category and product innovations to inspire new product developments,” says Roberts. “The idea is to demonstrate how packaging looks on a shelf or counter in store, emulating real consumer experiences for our customers.”

The high-tech laboratory includes several instruments for analyzing and creating different packaging solutions. Customers can make use of the form, fill, seal machine and thermosealers in the trial area. Working together with the kp team, customers will be able to test and assess designs in real time. A MULTIVAC MAP (Modified Atmosphere Package) and an Erca Dairy Line are already available, and more equipment will follow.

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