Multinational packaging company Amcor has made a ‘customer-focused’ investment in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region by opening an innovation centre in Jiangyin, China.

The APAC innovation centre aims to expedite the company’s growth and innovation across the region by providing advanced packaging technologies and more sustainable material science.

Through the facility, customers across the APAC region will have access to Amcor’s expertise in sustainable packaging solutions.

In addition, the innovation centre is intended to strengthen Amcor’s position in the region.

Amcor APAC flexibles business president Mike Cash said: “We are thrilled to bring the best of Amcor’s unmatched innovation capabilities closer to our customers in Asia-Pacific.

“This world-class facility offers our customers in the region the opportunity to collaborate hand-in-hand with our experts to make innovative packaging ideas a reality.

“Asia-Pacific is a key growth market for Amcor and our new innovation centre is just one of many important, customer-focused investments we are making in the region.”

Amcor’s innovation centres primarily focus on three of the company’s key programmes, namely Catalyst, Ideation and Prototyping Innovation Lab and Applications Lab.

The innovation centre will serve as a base for collaboration for the packaging industry, allowing all parties from across the supply chain and region to share best practices.

Amcor Flexibles business chief technology officer William Jackson said: “As the only packaging company to establish a global innovation network, Amcor is uniquely positioned to help our customers benefit from a global approach to innovation.

“The new innovation centre will enable us to develop the best ideas from across the globe for the regional market, greatly enhancing the customer experience.”

Amcor recently acquired a flexible packaging plant in the Czech Republic, through which it aims to serve the coffee and pet food markets among others.

The facility features advanced, specialised equipment and its site allows Amcor to expand operations and establish a production hub.