Innovation investment pays off for GPI

Graphic Packaging International said its Global Innovation Centre has been a huge success since opening its doors last July.


The company said its Bardon, Leicestershire centre has taken its customer experience to a new level of excellence, firmly placing GPI at the cutting edge of the packaging industry.

The Global Innovation Centre (GIC) is an inspirational hub for GPI’s product packaging design teams to work on innovative projects for food, beverage and convenience sectors.  The £500,000 investment at the Bardon site was conceived as being forward-thinking not just in terms of the buildings and state of the art equipment, but also to give the brightest people working in the industry the space and tools that allow their creativity to flourish.

In this first 6 months of operation, GIC has hosted 50 customer visits from across these three business units, making the most of GPI’s design prototype service.  To date, 30000 samples have been cut on our new Zund plotters and over 2500 colour mock ups have been produced on our new Roland digital UV printer.

Marketing manager Nikki Clark commented: “There’s no doubt that the investment in the centre, new machinery and new team has been an outstanding success, with all elements working exceptionally well to give our customers the best possible results, which in turn is helping us to be even more creative when conceiving innovative packaging solutions.

“With the development of our market research resources, we can now fully understand the market sector, shopper demographic and shopper mission for each of our customer’s products – and can even offer in-house consumer testing to find out first hand how consumers react to new pack designs.”

Representatives from GPI’s Global Innovations Centre will be attending Packaging Innovations Exhibition in February 2016.