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.

Industry Services

CUShop: Eyetracking Lab

CUShop is the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphic's state-of-the-art consumer experience lab. See what your customers see, in a shopping environment using the latest in eye-tracking technology.

Print Testing & Evaluation

We offer production-quality prepress & print machinery, digital workflow and file analysis, extensive color evaluation tools and access to diverse analytical equipment 


Sonoco Institute faculty provide a wide variety of consulting services for the printing and packaging industries and supply chain. Services can include productivity assessment, workflow and process improvement, consistent machine set-ups, printing and color fundamentals, identifying process capabilities, and color management.

Custom Training Programs

The Sonoco Institute can put together custome training programs from a simple 2-3 day on-site program to a long term training curriculum mixed with on-site and Clemson programs. This enables your company to fine tune training curriculum and ensure examples are used relative to your exact business segments.

Online Courses

The Sonoco Institute now offers specialized training programs through self-paced, interactive online course offerings. This content delivery system continues to evolve to aid companies in remote training opportunities.


For many years the printing and packaging industry has integrated Clemson University into its employee training and professional development programs. Workshops are limited to small groups of four to eight participants and provide predominantly hands-on training activities meant to build skill-sets and knowledge around a broad base of job functions in the package printing industry.


The Sonoco Institute offers industry participants a variety of educational and networking events within its Seminar Series. Seminars range from 20 to 30 attendees and offer industry attendees targeted, concentrated technical information and business development content offered by Clemson faculty and our industry network of experts.