Flexible packaging company ProAmpac has extended its research and development (R&D) alliance with Canadian university Polytechnique Montréal. 

Under the new five-year contract extension, the partnership will continue funding the ‘Sustainable, Safe and Smart Polymer Flexible Packaging’ programme.

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The university’s Department of Chemical Engineering runs the programme and is chaired by professor Abdellah Ajji.

Prior to the extension, the two parties were under a 10-year collaboration. It also includes a $1m Alliance Grant from Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

PRIMA Quebec Advanced Materials Research and Innovation Hub, Polytechnique Montréal, and ProAmpac are already contributing funds for the programme.

The R&D alliance will provide analytical and research support to ProAmpac for its product development and support actions. 

The collaboration is working on smart packaging technology for food safety and sustainability, as well as materials such as biobased and compostable/biodegradable.

ProAmpac product development and innovation vice-president Hesam Tabatabaei said: “This valuable partnership with Polytechnique Montréal provides excellent research opportunities for both food safety and sustainability to promote the next generation of packaging.”

Under the partnership, ProAmpac gains access to materials developed under the programme, and support from those involved such as research students and associates, as well as biology lab testing facilities.

With manufacturing facilities in Terrebonne and Richmond, Quebec, ProAmpac is known for offering creative packaging solutions and customer service.

In February this year, ProAmpac revealed plans to build a 25,000ft² Collaboration and Innovation Centre (CIC) at its manufacturing facility near Rochester, New York, US.