Amcor and Michigan State University’s (MSU) School of Packaging today announced a new partnership, with the aim of promoting future talent, greater innovation, and responsible packaging.

Amcor plans to invest over $10 million in MSU’s School of Packaging – the largest investment in the history of the university’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), under which the School of Packaging sits.

The funding, which forms part of Amcor’s commitment to supporting what it describes as “the next generation of responsible packaging talent”, will be used to help the school further its academic standards and enable facility modernization upgrades.

The partnership between these two organizations will also support the creation of an Endowed Chair of Packaging Sustainability, through which they aim to drive forward further research and innovation in the topic.

Ron Delia, Amcor CEO, says: “This is an important investment in the future of the packaging industry, which will be defined by responsible, sustainable packaging solutions. MSU already attracts the greatest talent in the industry and Amcor is committed to fostering the boldest thinkers as they make ground-breaking advancements in more sustainable packaging solutions.”

MSU President, Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., adds: “We are grateful to Amcor for its recognition of MSU’s leadership in packaging education and our commitment to sustainable innovations. Together, we will ensure that the industry remains well equipped with global talent and leadership to meet the challenges of providing packaging that keeps food and medicines safe while furthering the circular economy.”