In cooperation with Sidel, Spanish dairy company Andía Lácteos de Cantabria S.L. has modernised its plant in Renedo de Piélagos with the most state-of-the-art aseptic PET bottling technology for ultra-high-temperature (UHT) milk. On its Sidel Aseptic Combi Predis™ extended shelf-life milk (ESL), UHT milk and milkshakes are bottled in three formats, giving Andía Lácteos the possibility to broaden its offering of dairy products. The production line runs at 9,000 bottles per hour with 97 per cent efficiency. The investment has proven to be highly successful. Sales have increased and the dairy company has decided to continue cooperation with Sidel.
In response to increasing demand for packaged water, driven by rising health consciousness among consumers worldwide, Sidel has developed a new compact line solution for still water producers. Two years after introducing the Sidel Super Combi to the industry for compact-line solutions, Sidel has launched a next-generation Super Combi Compact solution, with up to 30 per cent lower footprint and 30 per cent faster performance. Similar to its predecessor, the new equipment also integrates five process steps – preform feeding, blowing, labelling, filling and capping, and cap feeding – into an all-in-one, smart system.
One of India’s major edible oil producers, B.L. Agro Industries Ltd., has used PET packaging to differentiate their brands since 1999. After the successful installation of three Sidel PET lines between 2014 and 2019, for 200 ml to 5 L formats, the company’s continued trust in PET and Sidel has led to growing market share in a dynamic region, which has earned the leading Indian player multiple packaging awards. “We are very pleased with Sidel’s work,” says Ashish Khandelwal, Executive Director at B.L. Agro. “Our PET bottles set themselves apart on the shelves and enable an innovative and enjoyable consumer experience around our high-quality and healthy oil.”
Sidel has launched a new version of its cobotic palletiser, addressing the need to reduce the End-of-Line production cost in low-speed production lines. The new M version of Sidel’s CoboAccess™Pal features a wider reach and the highest payload on the market in its category. The CoboAccess™Pall M version featuring a Yaskawa HC20 is able to enhance capacity for a case payload of up to 14 kg with a very significant reach of 1,700 mm – thus addressing the two most sought-after factors for palletising within the Food, Home and Personal Care segments.
Domaine Chandon Australia (DCA) chose Sidel’s expertise and complete End-of-Line solution to improve the efficiency of bottling operations for its sparkling wine. The fully automated Cermex WB46 Wrap-Around case packer – including a partition inserter module and coupled with the automated PalAccess® palletiser – provides an end-to-end solution with greater automation at every step of the process. Furthermore, the solution provides extremely smooth bottle handling, regardless of the bottle’s design or applied label type. Sidel’s solution has enabled DCA to be even more competitive and accommodate the growing local demand for premium wine.
Installed for the very first time in its largest size at Orangina Suntory France’s plant in Meyzieu, Sidel’s conveying and accumulation solution Gebo AQFlex® has increased the uptime of their PET packaging line for soft drinks. The solution provides a high level of flexibility to address a much-diversified production of nine bottle formats with different shapes, ranging from 0.2 L to 1 L. In addition, Gebo AQFlex is easy to use as it offers simple, automatic changeovers with just a few clicks on the Human Machine Interface (HMI). As of today, the solution runs at a high-efficiency level of 99.5 per cent, and Sidel has received additional orders of the equipment for more of the customer’s production sites in France and Japan.
Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes, the largest drinks company in Argentina with beer, carbonated soft drinks and bottled water in its offering, has invested in a new complete hot-fill production line from Sidel to double its production capacity as well as reducing energy consumption. The complete high-speed bottling solution produces the isotonic beverage brand Gatorade in PET containers, in compliance with PepsiCo’s quality standards. “Both our existing PET container lines were at the top end of their capacity, so we needed a bigger line to increase our market share in Argentina,” says Juan José Ferrer, Plant Manager at Quilmes. “The second objective was to have a more modern line with lower energy consumption and better efficiency.”
Aurora Organic Dairy installed an Aseptic Combi Predis™ from Sidel in their second milk plant in Columbia, Missouri.
FDA-approved and part of a complete line, which also features Tetra Pak Processing Systems technology, this bottling solution helped the customer expand its organic milk offerings to include PET containers. Bottling low-acid, shelf-stable organic milk in PET with Sidel’s Aseptic Combi Predis has increased marketing opportunities while leveraging a cost-effective and flexible production process. PET also enables an attractive and premium packaging that reaches consumers in new channels.