Clemson’s Sonoco Institute scores cutting-edge tools via Esko


The Sonoco Institute designs sustainable and innovative package prototypes using methods for printable electronic tracking systems, including various sensors.   File photo

A Belgian-American partner company has granted over $26 million worth of equipment, software and maintenance support to Clemson University’s Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics over the next five years.

Esko, headquartered in Ghent, Belgium and operating its U.S. division from Miamisburg, Ohio, has partnered closely with the institute, with the alliance benefiting students and the industry itself. As America’s only institute of higher learning with a multidisciplinary approach to the packaging industry, Clemson’s Sonoco Institute has fashioned its curriculum to provide students an opportunity for competence in the field.

“Esko has been a great partner with the Sonoco Institute for nearly a decade, and this latest gift will be instrumental in Clemson’s ongoing efforts to remain at the leading edge of research into packaging technologies,” Clemson President James Clements said. “Esko’s equipment and software allow our packaging design students to leave Clemson proficient in industry-standard tools and technologies, and we are extremely grateful for our wonderful partnership with this outstanding company.”

Professional packaging is based on a combination of science and communications. The Sonoco Institute designs sustainable and innovative package prototypes using methods for printable electronic tracking systems, including various sensors. Program participants study consumer-buying patterns and the use and disposal of packaging materials as well as work on streamlining the manufacturing process.

“Esko values the Clemson relationship largely because of the amount of value the printing and packaging industry places on Clemson as a resource for talent and innovation,” Larry Moore, Esko’s vice president of partner programs in North America, said.

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