The Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP), the apex body of packaging industry in the country, will set up its sixth centre in Bangalore to offer fillip to the packaging and allied industries.

IIP Director N.C. Saha told presspersons here on Friday that the centre is being set up with the support of the Department of Industries and Commerce. He said that the new centre will provide training and consultancy in packaging technology to small and medium packaging enterprises in the State.

The centre will be located on a four-acre campus at Sompura Industrial Estate, Dobbspet, the foundation stone for which will be laid by Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar on February 15. Union Commerce, Industry and Textiles Minister Anand Sharma will attend the function.

The centre would be spread across 10,000 sq ft constructed area at a cost of Rs. 5 crore, Mr. Saha said. The Union Commerce and Industry Ministry will provide financial aid for the project.

IIP Bangalore Chairman and Manjushree Technopack Managing Director Vimal Kedia said that the centre will commence training activities this year itself. This will be followed by the setting up of a laboratory to test packaging material and finished packages. The IIP Bangalore centre will play host to the National Packaging Exhibition and the National Conference on Packaging in 2014.

A release from IIP said that Karnataka’s industrial advantage made it the obvious choice for the new centre of IIP. With 26 MSME (micro, small and medium enterprises) clusters, 132 industrial estates and eight growth centres, Karnataka is in the forefront of industrial development in the country. A technology and quality centre for packaging will have an impact across several sectors, including FMCG, liquor and pharmaceuticals, that have come to rely heavily on it, the release added.