Our new sustainable packaging hub in Liverpool City Region

We’ve opened a new office at Liverpool Science Park to boost industry and academic partnerships and drive economic prosperity in the ambitious North West innovation ecosystem.

We’re delighted to be joining a broad network of scientists and innovators at Liverpool Science Park — including the Manufacturing Technology Centre, part of our High Value Manufacturing Catapult family. Our new base within the Knowledge Quarter Liverpool Innovation District has been made possible thanks to £110,000 funding from Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region.

This pre-development funding will support the creation of a £60 million National Packaging Innovation Centre that could position the UK at the forefront of the £1 trillion global packaging market and play a significant role in meeting net zero targets. 

At present, the packaging market is highly fragmented and optimised for cost-reduction, resulting in low levels of innovation in both new materials and processes. This has impacts on economic, social, and environmental outcomes, with only 5% of plastic packaging currently recycled and only two-thirds of food produced reaching the consumer. Read more