The Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) is set to establish its fifth branch and testing laboratory for various packaging products, such as plastic, metal and jute packaging material, in Bangalore.
IIP governing body member Vimal Kedia said in other centres the institute is engaged in various activities, such as testing and quality evaluation, training, education, consultancy services and research and development (R&D), business-standard.com reported.
"This is the first time the institute is looking to expand in Karnataka. We want to offer similar services to the packaging industry in the state," Kedia said.
Four acres of land has been allotted by the Karnataka government to the institute to set up its new branch at Sompura Industrial Estate in Dobaspet near Bangalore.
With its new branch, IIP aims to promote the exportation market through new package design and development and also to upgrade packaging standards at a national level.
Mumbai houses IIP's head office and principal laboratory, while the institute has branches in Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad.
The institute, an autonomous body under the ministry of commerce, has an understanding with international organisations such as World Packaging Organization (WPO), Asian Packaging Federation (APF) and International Association of Packaging Research Institutes (IAPRI).
IIP's branch in Bangalore, which will offer a two-year post-graduate course on packaging technology, will also provide testing facilities to its members.