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Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design - Virginia Tech


1650 Research Center Dr, Blacksburg VA 24061


Laszlo Horvath (Assistant Professor of Practice and Director)

Other staff

Robert Smith (Department head, International Marketing)

Marshall White (Professor Emeritus, Pallet Design)

Robert Bush (Professor Business and Marketing)

Young Teck Kim (Assistant Professor of Practice, Packaging Polymers)




The Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design (CPULD) at Virginia Tech is a one-of-a-kind, interdisciplinary hub for packaging and unit load research, education and innovation. The CPULD has been serving the packaging and pallet industry since 1976. The main missions of the Center are to provide state-of-the-art training for the students of the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials, assist the packaging and pallet industries through contract testing, and develop innovative products and technologies through groundbreaking research. Two of the main achievements of the Center are the development of the Pallet Design System (PDS) for the wooden pallet industry and the development of the systems based packaging design process.


IAPRI 2017 -Call for papers opens

The 28th IAPRI Symposium is taking place between the 9-12 May 2017 in Lausanne, Switzerland. it is hosted jointly by Vaud University of Applied Sciences and Nestec. For details for the Call for Papers please click here.

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New IAPRI president elected

Jay Singh from CalPoly State University, USA, is confirmed as the new IAPRI president.