The purchase will expand Arena’s testing, development and commercialization of shipping systems that reduce waste, energy, product loss, and costs for customers.
Speaking at the IFT (Institute of Food Technologists) tradeshow in Chicago, James Roth, sales manager, Arena Products, said the facility is one of only a few labs capable of testing products, materials and packaging systems from small to large unit loads weighing 5,000lbs.
“We are very proud of the acquisition with the Kodak materials test lab as it allows us to offer a broader range of services for our clients,” he said.
“Historically, we have worked in the food industry with everyone from dairy to finished products such as jars of tomato sauce. Anywhere where they want to move a bulk product we test that as a final consumer package where we have the ability to make their supply stream a lot more robust, durable and profitable.”
Roth added the majority of Arena’s business was based in the US with some clients in Europe, South America, Mexico and Canada.
The testing lab means the company can take the packaging relationships it currently has and expand them into other areas making new products. It plans to make more announcements at Pack Expo in Las Vegas in September.