Clemson University’s Sonoco Institute will partner with Siegwerk over the next five years to develop the next generation of printing and ink technology through the newly commissioned Siegwerk Inks and Coatings Laboratory.
The laboratory will be part of the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics, providing 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
In addition to a financial donation in support of the overall program, Siegwerk will help shape the future talent of the printing and converting industry. Approximately 350 students currently enrolled in Clemson’s graphic communications program will gain real-world experience through internships and exposure to ink formulation, end-use specifications and testing for the packaging of today and tomorrow. Annually, a graduate assistant will be assigned to oversee all activities in the laboratory, gaining in-depth knowledge regarding Siegwerk inks and future research projects.
“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,” said Chip Tonkin, chair of graphic communications and director of the Sonoco Institute.
Dave Hiserodt, president of Siegwerk US and Canada, adds: “The ink industry isn’t necessarily a first job choice for those coming out of college. Siegwerk hopes to change this perception. 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, bringing industry perspectives to shaping future industry experts.