The International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) announced the completion of a multi-year donation to Cal Poly culminating in an enhanced corrugated packaging curriculum for Cal Poly Packaging Program students.

Through the donation of multiple pieces of equipment, including a Sommerville screen disintegrator, TAPPI sheet press, TAPPI sheet former, digital speed dryer and more, Cal Poly will develop a new course (Fundamentals of Paper Manufacturing, Packaging Sustainability) and enhance existing courses (Paper and Paperboard Packaging) through lectures and labs related to testing the repulpability and recyclability of old corrugated containers (OCC).

The collective impact of these donations on several existing and new courses, as well as continued emphasis on Cal Poly’s deeply embedded Learn-by-Doing philosophy, will give corrugated packaging prominence in the Packaging Program at Cal Poly.

“ICPF was delighted to fulfill this multi-year donation to Cal Poly,” said ICPF President Caitlin Salaverria. “The sustainable recycling laboratory will expand industry relevant education to students, and the enhanced corrugated packaging curriculum will aid in ICPF’s objective to increase industry exposure.”

Dr. Joongmin Shin, Professor, Industrial Technology and Packaging, said that Cal Poly truly appreciates ICPF’s invaluable educational support. “We’re thrilled to provide a high-quality laboratory for students to learn through hands-on experiences,” he said.

Said Salaverria: “As an industry sponsored foundation, ICPF has worked for the last 30 years to advance student and faculty knowledge of the industry and to promote development of a highly trained workforce. We’ve provided over $13 million in donations of equipment and grants to universities and look forward to expanding our efforts over the coming years.”
ICPF is supported by individual corrugated manufacturers and supply companies and is co-sponsored by AICC, The Independent Packaging Association, and Fibre Box Association. Visit

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