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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 2018

The 21st IAPRI World Conference on Packaging will take place between 19-22 June in Zhuhai, China. It is hosted by Jinan University and Hunan University of Technology. For more information please click here

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IAPRI Symposium attracts over 130 delegates

The IAPRI Symposium in Lausanne (9-12 May) attracted delegates over 130 delegates from 20 countries. There were 99 papers in total out of which 69 are oral.

Marie Rushton, IAPRI Secretary General says 'This excellent event brought researchers from all over the world to network and develop strong links'