Packaging Cluster
Packaging Cluster

Spain: Catalonia
Àlex Brossa
90% completed


About us

Constituted by Catalan companies in 2012, today it groups more than 100 active members between companies, knowledge centers and entities representing the entire value chain of the field, which range from R & D, raw materials and intermediates; the machinery; Peripheral and line endings; Packaging manufacturers; and end users. The main objective of the Packaging Cluster is to help to improve the competitiveness of the companies that make it, in order to generate more and better business for companies and organizations in the world of packaging. This improvement comes from the promotion of networking, knowledge and business, which are worked by six strategic axes which have an annual plan of activities to reinforce and consolidate their respective actions. Notably, the Packaging Cluster has the support of all the administrations, working closely with them to impact heavily on the overall economy. In that sense, there are three key certifications for the world of clusters. The entity is integrated into the Program Catalonia Clústers ACCIÓ, is a cluster registered as Innovative Business Association (AEI) by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism and received the European qualification gold cluster management by the European Cluster Excellence Initiative (ECIS).

Established - 26 October 2012
Staff in the management team - 6-10
Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce
  • Mentoring

Cluster composition

  • 130
    Cluster Members
  • 87
  • 20
    Number of start-ups among SME's
  • 17
    Large Companies
  • 9
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 15
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Since our set up in October 2012 we have been growing up in a quantity and quality way. Our members form a big network inside the value chain of the packaging sector and thus allow to create innovative and collaborative R+D+I projects.

Also, our constant moving around different cluster policies regions, in an international scene, make us build strong and trusted relationships with other entites and clusters in the packaging sector o related.  

Legal form of the cluster organisation
Languages spoken
Catalan English Spanish
Link to the team description on the cluster organisation website
Other label
Catalonia Cluster; AEI (Agrupaciones Empresariales Innovadoras)

Management team

Àlex Brossa
Àlex Brossa
Cluster Manager
Mireia Andreu
Mireia Andreu
Project Manager
Mònica Riera
Mònica Riera
Internationalisation Responsible
Serena Rebollo
Serena Rebollo
ECCP Responsible Person
Carlos Jiménez
Carlos Jiménez
Project Manager
Pol Marin
Pol Marin
Project Manager

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral industries
Administrative and support service activities:N82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities - Other service activities:S94 Activities of membership organisations
Sectoral Industries (NACE 4 digit)
Cross-sectoral industries
Advanced Packaging
Industrial Alliances and Ecosystems
Technology fields
B\: Performing operations; transporting:Conveying; packing; storing; handling thin or filamentary material
S3 EU priority areas
Aeronautics & space:Safety & security - Digital transformation:Artificial intelligence, cognitive systems, augmented and virtual reality, visualisation, simulation, gamification & interaction technologies - Digital transformation:Digitising Industry (Industry 4.0, smart and additive manufacturing) - Digital transformation:E-Commerce & SMEs online - Service innovation:New or improved service products (commodities or public services) - Social innovation:New organisational models & social relations that meet social needs - Social innovation:New products or services that meet social needs - Sustainable innovation:Bioeconomy - Sustainable innovation:Eco-innovations - Sustainable innovation:Sustainable production & consumption - Sustainable innovation:Waste management


Support services provided

Other (please specify)

Further information

R&D&i Projects

Generation of R&D&i projects at national and international level. Synergies and consortia creation with complementary companies and knowledge centers to improve the business of the companies.

Intercluster workshops

Interaction with other clusters to identify and address specific needs and demands in terms of packaging from other client sectors. In Catalonia clusters are the reference networks business entities as regards innovation and strategy, enabling to work with companies and reference entities.

Innovation conference and seminars

The diffusion of cutting-edge knowledge, technology and new market trends is key for companies in the cluster, in order to be pioneers and go forward to offering leading solutions in the world of packaging.

Internationalization and global positioning

The cluster positions internationally the territory Packaging companies as a high value-added industry and promotes both entities and relationships with other leading companies globally.

Thinking and strategic discussion

Discussion and knowledge exchange of the whole value chain to generate a strategic vision to take a leap forward in order to generate a new and better business for the industry.

Training and talent recruitment

Impulse of the presential Packaging Engineering Posgraduate at the UPC. Online training called Packaging Expert Acreditation (PEA) and an In-Company courses specific and tailored for companies.

Support services for upskilling and reskilling of companies workforce


Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes

Name & description

We have expertise in manage and support R&D Projects in the Packaging Industry in different calls:

Iniciatives Reforç Competitiu (IRC): Regional

Agencia de Residus de Catalunya (ARC): Regional

Agrupación Empresarial Innovadora (AEI): National

COSME Go International: Granted two COSMES, one for each Strand, in 2017.


Project name

BSR Innovation Express

Establishment of transnational and crosssectoral collaborations between two Food clusters and one Packaging cluster and their members, in order to facilitate the internationalization and the development of transnational competencies in the cluster member companies as well as in the clusters themselves. The clusters involved are the two food clusters FoodNetwork from Denmark and AINS Cluster of Nutrition and Health from Catalonia and the Packaging Cluster from Catalonia. Moreover, there will be a  collaboration and project support from Packbridge from Sweden.

COSME FoodPackLab (Strand 1) 

The FoodPackLab project brings together photonics and packaging technologies with one of the oldest industries ever: the food industry. The FoodPackLab consortium will then:  1) Foster synergies between photonics, packaging and food industries towards current worldwide challenges: food processing, security and hygiene, reducing of food waste and Circular Economy in packaging procedures.  2) Positioning Europe as a reference in the food industry outside of the continent, developing new food value chain methodologies, with special emphasis to food packaging, and export them to third countries facing new challenges. Bringing together the companies, technological centers and research groups of the consortium clusters will give rise to new opportunities that, otherwise, would have never appeared themselves if everyone had worked alone.

COSME AdPack 2.0 (Strand 2)

The purpose of this project is to foster cross-sectoral cooperation between the European clusters in the partnership and their SME members, as well as to support their SME members in going international (Canada, China, United States) and positioning them in the advanced smart packaging global value chain. This will be done through the establishment of an ESCP formed by 6 European clusters which bring together different competencies to apply a cross-sectoral approach for the development of the advanced smart packaging global value chain. In this regard, the partnership brings together clusters involved with the final product (packaging), the application market (food), cross-cutting technology clusters (nanotechnologies, microelectronics, software, telecommunications and plasma technologies) and new materials (plastics, polymers and biopolymers). 

COSME FoodPackLab (Strand 2)

It aims to encourage collaboration between groups and business networks in the strategic field of food security. It connects groups of four different sectors (agriculture, food processing, packaging and deep technology) and 5 European countries (Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy and Spain) to help European SMEs access new global value chains and ensure their position as innovation leaders in specific industries. Missions to India and South Africa will be done.

COS-CLUSTER Safe Smart Food 

It aims to encourage collaboration between groups and business networks in the strategic field of food security. It connects groups of four different sectors (agriculture, food processing, packaging and deep technology) and 5 European countries (Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy and Spain) to help European SMEs access new global value chains and ensure their position as innovation leaders in specific industries. Missions to India and South Africa will be done.

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

United States

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries


Transnational support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs - Support to collaborative activities/etc. - Other

International support activites

Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

Further information

Commercial Mission to Las Vegas. Pack Expo Fair 2017.

International Mission Shanghai, China. Propak China Fair 2017.

International Mission Bangkok, Thailand. Propak Asia Fair 2017.

BSR Project. 3rd Intercluster Workshop in Copenhagen (Denmark). Expo Food Fair 2017.

BSR Project. 2nd Intercluster Workshop in Malmö (Sweden). Top Packaging Summit 2017.

BSR Project. 1st Intercluster Workshop in Barcelona. Graphispag Fair 2017.

Pacgraf Fair Cuba 2017

International Mission Pack Expo Chicago, EUA. 2016

International Mission Propack West Africa (Nigeria) 2016

International mission Propack Asia Thailand - Vietnam. 2016

Commercial Mission to Cairo, Egypt. Afropackaging Fair 2016

Commercial Mission to Korea. KoreaPack 2016

4.0 Industry / Tecnhological Mission Germany 2016

Cross-Sectoral and Intercluster Workshop to Korea 2016

Participation European Packaging Symposium March 2015

Cross-Sectoral and Intercluster Mission Quebec 2015

Commercial Mission to Mexico 2015

Connection to cluster organisation(s)

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Membership in cluster networks, meta clusters and national associations of clusters

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