Sonoco opens new metal packaging facility

The 11,000-square-foot building features modern laboratories, prototyping equipment and training rooms.

Sonoco, a global leader in sustainable packaging, has opened its new multi-million-dollar Technical & Engineering Center for Metal Packaging in Columbus, Ohio, U.S.

The 11,000-square-foot facility features modern laboratories, prototyping equipment, training rooms and collaboration spaces. This center highlights Sonoco's commitment to advancing sustainable metal packaging solutions and offers a centralized hub for design, technical support, process development, engineering and training, said the company.

“We are excited to unveil our new state-of-the-art center which supports another milestone in our pursuit of excellence and our unwavering commitment to high-quality, precision manufactured metal packaging," said Ernest Haynes, president of Sonoco’s metal packaging business. "Our new center will foster even greater collaboration and productivity in a unified workspace where Sonoco will bring together can makers, brand owners, industry suppliers, and scientific partners to harness the latest advances in technology and deliver greater value to our customers.”

Sonoco is a leading manufacturer of sustainable metal packaging for food and beverage products and one of the largest aerosol can producers in North America. The new facility will enable Sonoco to enhance its offerings in:

  • Package Performance & Integrity Testing
  • Real-time Shelf-Life Testing
  • Electrochemical Corrosion Testing

Additionally, the center will provide customized training opportunities to accommodate large groups, facilitating comprehensive education on can manufacturing processes to accelerate production ramps, increase throughput and improve quality.

"We continue to invest in our packaging portfolio to leverage new technologies and innovations and provide our customers with the most modern and efficient solutions in the industry," said Howard Coker, Sonoco president and CEO. "The opening of our new Steel Can Technology Institute stands as a testament to our unwavering commitment to provide superior solutions in leading-edge technology, design, and manufacturing for our customers."

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