The Sonoco Institute

The Sonoco Institute was created to exploit the synergies that exist between the graphic communications and packaging science departments. It is the only university program in the country with this one-of-a-kind multidisciplinary approach to packaging as a core competency.

Sonoco Institute

The Sonoco Institute derives its uniqueness by combining the synergies of packaging design and graphic communications.

We intend to invest in the most rigorous research and development opportunities in this vast marketplace.

We intend to provide students the best education in packaging science and graphic communications possible, preparing them as leaders of tomorrow.

Specifically, the Sonoco Institute will:

  • Provide the resources students need to become the skilled and creative work force of the 21st century.
  • House the only research and development center of its kind in the nation.
  • Recruit, hire and maintain the top researchers in the world related to packaging design and graphics.
  • Attract economic development not only to South Carolina, but to the nation as a whole.
  • Promote and stimulate technologies that can make the highest impact on the future of global environmental responsibility.


Mission Statement:
The Sonoco Institute at Clemson is a unique education, research, and industry collaboration to discover, develop, and deliver advanced solutions and resources for tomorrow’s printing and packaging value chain.

Vision Statement:
The premiere source of talent and discovery for printing and packaging innovation.