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.


All workshops held at The Sonoco Institute, Clemson, S.C.

Contact workshop coordinator, Bobby Congdon:

Workshop attendance is limited to eight participants. Register now to guarantee a space!

Corrugated Symposium: Color Predictability

This program aims to make the connections between sound uses of the latest technical knowledge and optimum decisions, sound manufacturing practices and profitability.

Brand Color Management

Learn the how-to's, tools and technology, and innovative methods for defining, communicating, certifying, and managing distribution networks around consumer brand colors and packaging graphics.

Digital Proofing and Prototyping

Go hands-on with proofing technologies such as expanded color inkjet, continuous and halftone inkjet, soft proofing, digital prototyping, print/cut prototyping, and various color management systems.

Flexo Foundations

This 3-day seminar is designed as an introduction to flexography. Attendees will have the option of taking the test for FTA's FIRST Level 1 Certification at the end.

Paperboard Packaging

This seminar provides a comprehensive, hands-on exploration of Paperboard Packaging Technologies. Upon completing this program, attendees will be equipped to make valuable contributions to critical packaging decisions.

Printed Electronics 101

This seminar provides attendees with an overview of markets and opportunities for Printed Electronics, an understanding of print processes and key indicators for capabilities, and the ability to recognize where business strategies and supply chain will integrate with this exciting new field of printing.

Expanded Color Gamut

This seminar uses state-of-the-art software, color management, and production flexographic equipment to allow attendees to put their hands-on the ECG process workflow, while engaging with industry experts around this exciting and beneficial technology.

Digital Plates and Screening for Flexo

We have revamped the Digital Plates and Screening for Flexo seminar to give you a behind-the-scenes look at optimizing all of the variables in the plate selection process. We'll be conducting several print trials with all of these variables on multiple substrates, with both UV and water-based inks.

Process Color Management

Clemson has led the flexographic printing industry offering educational opportunities around process color printing and process control in the pressroom. This seminar builds on proven methods and incorporates current trends and processes for CMYK color reproduction. 

Flexo 101 and Supply Chain

Clemson University and its industry network bring the world of flexo into a primer level seminar that covers flexo ingredients, markets, key indicators, process workflow, and relevant terminology and concepts.


Prepress Workflow Automation

This seminar will explore the foundations of developing your prepress workflow to be smarter, faster and less prone to error. Attendees will learn the strategies and principles of developing a smart, data-driven workflow and go hands-on with the various technologies that make it possible.

OMET's Folding Carton

The OMET “Folding Carton: Printed Inline Flexo” seminar will introduce the complete process from art to finished product. The event will take place in a classroom and hands on for plate making and press run.

Clemson Packaging Graphics Association - P3 Forum

Clemson Packaging Graphics Association

P3 Forum

Corrugated Packaging

This seminar provides a comprehensive, hands-on exploration of Corrugated Packaging Technologies. On completing this program, attendees will be equipped to make valuable contributions to critical packaging decisions.

Proofing and Visualization Seminar

This brand new, two and a half day seminar explores the current state of proofing and prototyping capabilities while getting hands-on with the latest hardware and software technologies available. Industry experts and brand owners will discuss the requirements to successfully create accurate simulations of the final product.

Process Control for Flexography

This exciting new seminar examines the practices and tools required to maintain process control for flexographic print.

Rethinking the Packaging Design Workflow

This innovative new seminar explores the psychology of design and the metrics used to measure consumer response to packaging on the shelf.