Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC) is opening a Packaging Innovation Center at its headquarters in Green Bay.

The multi-purpose space covers more than 4700sqft and will serve as a hub for demonstrations, training, education, industry trials, and research and development.

The Packaging Innovation Center will host a Fusion C flexographic press, Hudson-Sharp’s Ares 400-SUP stand-up pouch machine, a Meridian Elite laser anilox cleaner, an ELS-MAX inline press, and an Ion digital printing platform. These machines will be available for demonstrations, as well as for hands-on learning and training opportunities.

The centre also showcases tools and supplies for anilox sleeves, platemounting, colour proofing, plate and print inspection, sleeve cleaning, and plate sleeves and tapes.

Rodney Pennings, PCMC’s director of sales – printing, coating and laminating, said, ‘We’re excited to be able to welcome printing and converting customers into our facility to experience our innovations first-hand. Our new Packaging Innovation Center is a vision that we’ve had for several years, and it’s rewarding to see it finally be completed.’

Scott Romenesko, PCMC’s director of sales – bag converting, added, ‘The Packaging Innovation Center will allow Hudson-Sharp customers to complete trials in person on our equipment. It will be a valuable tool for our customers as they evaluate the best equipment to meet their needs.’

An open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held in the spring of 2022. Additional partnerships and educational events will be announced in the coming months.