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Dow donates equipment for packaging reduction research

November 23, 2009
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MIDLAND, MI — The Dow Chemical Company recently made a donation of more than $120,000 in laboratory equipment to Michigan State University (MSU) to assist in establishing a planned Center for Packaging Innovation and Sustainability, according to the Midland Daily News.
Among the testing instruments being donated are a moving die rheometer (MDR), impact testers, a plasti-corder, an extrusion plastometer and a computer imaging microscope, the story stated.
Greg Jozwiak, senior global business director at Dow Chemical, said: "Sustainable packaging is an important topic these days, as some consumers and legislators see packaging as waste and wish to minimize it or take it away entirely. It is up to the entire packaging industry, including research organizations, to demonstrate that packaging is actually a waste reducer at many different levels. Continued research in this area, paired with a healthy pipeline of material innovation, will lead to packaging advancements that help enhance the sustainability of packaging and thus the important role that it plays in our everyday lives."
The equipment will help researchers associated with the center develop technologies for improving the environmental impact of product packaging and production processes, the story noted.
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