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Packaging is the largest category within the paper industry. Just as the category has evolved from paper-based packaging to composite materials, so too have the testing services offered at U.S.-based SGS-IPS Testing. With 30 years of experience in packaging analysis, SGS-IPS has grown and adapted to meet the new and growing demands for testing that includes foils, films, plastics, and laminates.
Vendor verification also is critical to our packaging clients. Packaging brings together substrates, inks, and adhesives. When problems occur, it may be an issue with process or materials. Problem solving and vendor verification have become essential, in part, because of global sourcing.
More recently, SGS-IPS has moved beyond physical properties and analytical testing. As sustainability and regulatory measures gain prominence we realize that our customers now have to address an even broader spectrum of issues.
Sustainability has become a commonly used word but is poorly defined and often means different things to different people. In the case of material reduction, physical testing is required to assure structural integrity. Alternatively, it may refer to the confirmation of a substrate’s recyclability. Because the Federal Trade Commission’s “Green Guides” has made testing imperative, SGS-IPS is here to help you reach your sustainability goals.
SGS-IPS participates in a number of regulatory programs that apply to packaging, including CONEG metals and heavy metal analysis, phthalates, and food contact testing against FDA and EU requirements.
SGS-IPS Testing will complete the addition of our packaging lab in the fall of 2019. Offerings will include the full suite of ISTA test methods and Amazon 6.