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R&D in Packaging companies

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How might Packaging companies qualify for R&D tax relief?

Packaging companies play a crucial role in ensuring that products are protected during transportation and storage. In order to remain competitive, these companies need to continually innovate and develop new packaging solutions that are more efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly. Fortunately, the UK government offers Research and Development (R&D) tax relief to companies that engage in qualifying packaging R&D activities.

Here are some examples of how a packaging company might carry out R&D

The company may research and develop new automation and robotics technologies to improve their manufacturing processes and reduce costs.

R&D can involve collaborations with material suppliers, manufacturers, logistics providers and retailers to optimise packaging solutions across the entire supply chain, ensuring compatibility, efficiency and sustainability.

R&D can support the development of customised packaging solutions tailored to specific product requirements, branding needs or customer preferences, enhancing the overall consumer experience.

The company may invest in designing and prototyping new packaging solutions to improve their functionality, durability and sustainability.

R&D can be utilised to develop packaging solutions that provide better protection for products during transportation, storage and handling, minimising the risk of damage, spoilage or contamination.

R&D can explore the integration of smart technologies into packaging such as 

  • Sensors
  • RFID tags
  • NFC labels

Enabling improved tracking, authentication, and real-time monitoring of products.

The company may develop new printing and labelling technologies to enhance product presentation, labelling and traceability.

The company may conduct research into new materials such as

  • Biodegradable or compostable materials
  • To improve the sustainability of their products.

The company may research and develop new technologies or methods to optimise their supply chain such as

  • Using sensors for real-time monitoring of the package condition
  • Logistics optimisation software
  • Predictive analytics for demand forecasting.

The company may invest in testing and analysing their packaging products to identify areas for improvement and develop more efficient production processes.

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