Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), part of Barry-Wehmiller, have announced the opening of a new Packaging Innovation Center, located at its headquarters in Green Bay. The multi-purpose space is more than 4 700 square feet and will serve as a hub for demonstrations, training, education, industry trials, and research and development.
The Packaging Innovation Center will be the home of a Fusion C flexographic press, Hudson-Sharp’s Ares 400-SUP stand-up pouch machine, a Meridian Elite laser anilox cleaner, an ELS-MAX inline press and the ION digital printing platform. These machines will be available for demonstrations, as well as for hands-on learning and training opportunities. The state-of-the-art centre also features industry-leading tools and supplies for anilox sleeves, plate-mounting, colour-proofing, plate and print inspection, sleevecleaning, and plate sleeves and tapes.
‘We are excited to be able to welcome printing and converting customers into our facility to experience our innovations first-hand,’ said Rodney Pennings, PCMC’s Director of Sales – Printing, Coating and Laminating. ‘Our new Packaging Innovation Center is a vision that we’ve had for several years, and it’s rewarding to see it finally be completed.’
‘The Packaging Innovation Center will allow Hudson-Sharp customers to complete trials in person on our equipment,’ said Scott Romenesko, PCMC’s Director of Sales – Bag Converting. ‘It will be a valuable tool for our customers as they evaluate the best equipment to meet their needs.’
An open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held in the spring of 2022. Additional partnerships and educational events will be announced in the coming months.