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ICPF and Arden Donate Software to AppState Packaging Lab

By AICC Staff

December 4, 2017

When Appalachian State University graphic design students arrived on campus this fall, they discovered a major addition to their packaging design lab. Over the summer, Arden Software donated faculty training and 22 seats of design software to ICPF for use in Appalachian State’s packaging lab in North Carolina.

Appalachian State (AppState) is the second of ICPF’s 25 university partners receiving both Arden and Artios design software to further enhance their design knowledge through learning the two applications. Lewis-Clark State College, which straddles the border of Washington state and Idaho, also utilizes both Arden and Artios design software in its packaging design program.

“When it became an ICPF Corporate Partner, Arden Software made a large, long-term commitment to ICPF, both monetarily and through the donation of Impact CAD Software and ongoing training to its university partners,” says Jim Silianoff, president and CEO of Arden. “Many of Arden’s largest customers, such as WestRock, Bobst North America, and Packaging Corporation of America, use Impact CAD extensively and serve as key partners of ICPF. Our donation to Appalachian State University continues our commitment to ICPF and the universities it serves. Arden’s customers—large and small—then benefit directly by having a knowledgeable pool of applicants from which to choose when hiring from universities.”

Dr. John Craft and Dr. Mandy Wu, the AppState Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology Program professors overseeing the installation, thanked Arden and ICPF for the recent donation. “The Arden design software will be utilized at multiple levels within Appalachian’s packaging design and production classes. It will be used at the introductory level to help students explore packaging design and learn basic skills. And the Arden design software will be used alongside ArtiosCad software in advanced packaging classes where students design complex packaging structures. The students are eager to use the new software, which will further provide them with the necessary education and skills to meet the rigorous demands of the corrugated packaging industry.”

Through ICPF and Esko, each of ICPF’s university partners earlier received a donation of Artios design software for their packaging labs. As with Arden, a license renewal donation to each college is provided annually by Esko.


width=150Richard Flaherty is president of the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation.