MIDLAND, Mich. – Dow Performance Packaging, the packaging business of Dow Chemical Company, has created a new innovation center concept called Pack Studios, which allows customers to experiment with packaging technologies.

There are four Pack Studio locations -- Freeport, Texas, Horgen, Switzerland, Sáo Paulo, Brazil and Shanghai, China. Each center features a collaboration room, laboratory facilities and fabrication and testing equipment, the company said. The centers provide a forum where customers can collaborate with a dedicated Dow technical team and the company's network of industry professionals.

“Pack Studios is summarized in three words: collaborate — innovate — accelerate. These three propositions underscore the value that Pack Studios will bring to our customers,” said Scott Collick, North America director of technical services and development for Dow Performance Packaging. “By combining these three core values, Pack Studios becomes a catalyst for the packaging solutions of tomorrow, providing customers with a competitive advantage today.”

At the centers, customers can test different properties for food and beverage packaging, including protective barrier films, sealants, adhesives, rigid plastic and flexible packaging for food.

“Pack Studios’ purpose is to assist Dow in fulfilling the larger goal of advancing the packaging industry as a whole while helping our customers improve their bottom lines,” Collick said. “This is more than a series of labs – it is a unique experience for each customer that allows them to accelerate their innovation process.”