The Siegwerk Inks and Coatings Laboratory will be part of the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics that will provide the faculty, staff and students access to best-in-class ink technology and ink management processes by:
- Supporting to build capabilities in innovative package design through ink technology
- Enhancing capabilities to explore visual appearance and functionality of packaging in terms of inks
- and coatings
- Guiding research in energy curable technologies
- Participating in a network of academic and industry partners
“We are very excited to have Siegwerk as an integral part of our team – they bring a perspective and knowledge base that are critical to the success of the institute, and we greatly appreciate their willingness to participate, “says Chip Tonkin, chair of Graphic Communications and director of the Sonoco Institute.
“The ink industry isn’t necessarily a first job choice for those coming out of college; Siegwerk hopes to change this perception,” states Dave Hiserodt, president Siegwerk US and Canada. “Working with the Sonoco Institute will be a mutually beneficial partnership for both organizations by building careers in ink for the next generation.”
Siegwerk will also have the opportunity to serve on the Sonoco Institute Industry Advisory Board, thus bringing industry perspectives to shaping future industry experts.
Lastly, this venture provides Siegwerk the opportunity to further join forces with industry co-suppliers and technology leaders to grow a productive and collaborative partnership industry wide. Hiserodt adds, “Siegwerk is a sixth generation, family-owned business. Collaborative efforts, such as this partnership, ensure Siegwerk’s long-lasting future of providing innovation, safe solutions for years to come.”