Global manufacturer Michelman has opened a new packaging centre at its facility in central Mumbai, India.

Known as Michelman Innovation Centre for Coatings (MICC), the new packaging incubator is installed with the latest equipment to enable quick development of packaging solutions.

The new MICC has been set up to enable collaboration between packaging manufacturers and all members of the packaging value chain such as brand owners, film producers, converters, universities, and others to research and develop sustainable packaging solutions.

“Michelman is committed to training industry’s next generation of packaging engineers.”

Michelman India manager and director Shailesh Nema said: “This centre will allow customers to efficiently evaluate new technologies, prototype innovative packaging structures, test improved coating formulations and quickly commercialise superior packaging.”

The MICC features a Kroenert pilot coater laminator to test new concepts and a training and conference facility.

Nema added: “Michelman is committed to training industry’s next generation of packaging engineers. This facility is available for use by all members of the packaging value chain for this purpose.”

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The India-based centre is also equipped with advanced equipment for barrier testing and lamination, as well as to improve both the physical and chemical properties of coatings.

The upgraded capability of the new centre will benefit Michelman’s customer service and in-house flexible packaging expertise.

Michelman offers solutions for the coatings, printing and packaging, as well as industrial manufacturing markets.