About Smithers Pira

Smithers Pira is the worldwide authority on the packaging, paper and print industry supply chains. We provide world-leading expertise and market intelligence, and offer a range of testing services supported by comprehensive facilities in the UK and US.

We have over 80 years’ technical and scientific experience, and help clients around the world with their business and testing requirements.  

Market Reports and Consultancy

Our market reports provide an independent and expert view of emerging markets, technologies and factors which will affect the packaging, paper and print industries. Each report contains a qualitative and quantitative five-year market forecast, including a comprehensive analysis of customers and providers to each market.

We also offer bespoke consultancy services, helping companies to solve a specific business need. Our specialist research team can assist with market sizing and forecasting, market segmentation, market entry studies, and surveys. We can also assist with strategic business planning to help you identify new profitable opportunities and niche markets, understand unmet needs, and benchmark against competitors.


Our comprehensive testing facilities enable us to support our clients at every stage of the supply chain; from initial R&D programmes to demonstrating legislative compliance, to testing the packaging performance of your product whilst in transit and post-distribution integrity testing.

The UK laboratories are temperature and humidity controlled, and are UKAS, ISO 17025 accredited for a wide range of paper and plastic testing services. All of our Distribution Testing laboratories are ISTA certified, and the UK laboratory is also accredited to ISO 17025.

We can offer standard and custom testing for a range of services:

We also offer specialist services, including: