Paperboard packaging supplier PaperWorks has opened the Packaging Development (PacDev) Design + Innovation Centre in Ontario, Canada.

The facility is located at the company’s PaperWorks Kitchener and will serve as a hub, enabling customers and guests to work together with the PacDev team to bring new packaging ideas to life.

PaperWorks packaging development and support services vice-president Peter Jesus said: “We created a dedicated collaboration space for our customers that is supported by our team of experts and packaging innovators, and conducive to inspiration and problem-solving.”

The facility will create an environment to support creative and technical process, feature design and technical professionals, and a customer collaboration centre with support from virtual teams.

It also features a dedicated space integrated with prepress, colour management, and quality lab, which is a resource library featuring samples of materials, finishes, and packaging formats, advanced development software platform and tools, as well as physical prototyping and interactive virtual retail environment simulation.

Jesus added: “This new addition to our capabilities demonstrates our commitment to revolutionary packaging design and embodies our purpose of delivering positive experiences and innovative solutions.

“PaperWorks is proud to offer this service to customers and excited to work with industry leaders to create the next generation of packaging innovation.”

PaperWorks offers recycled paperboard and specialised folding cartons for packaging applications for various markets, including food, beverage, personal care, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and medical devices.

The company has upgraded its paperboard mills and folding carton converting plants by making an investment in technology over the past three years.