With the new X-LITE™ Still bottle design, Sidel has taken another big step on the light weighting journey. At just 6.5 grams and a height of 195 mm, X-LITE Still is the lightest ever PET bottle designed and qualified for 500 ml non-pressurised still water. It offers outstanding performance even at very high production speeds.
How has it been possible to achieve incredible light weight and still be robust enough to manage production and distribution challenges?
“Our engineers have integrated the proven StarLITETM Still base solution in the new bottle design. This ensures increased bottle stability and stress resistance throughout the value chain, coupled with endless design flexibility and clear light weighting possibilities,” says Vincent Le Guen, Vice President Packaging at Sidel.
“When compared to PET bottles weighing 12 grams, Sidel X-LITE Still can help save a remarkable 1,485 tonnes of PET per year while generating energy savings of up to 335,000 kWh/year. Combined, these reductions amount to 3,000 tonnes of CO2 savings, making X-LITE Still the most cost-effective and sustainable PET packaging solution available on the market,” explains Le Guen.
“At Sidel, whenever we develop new packaging designs for our clients, we focus on design for recycling – this is the big driver behind any new concept we create. The X-LITE Still bottle design, for example, is compatible with r-PET (recyclable PET), as long as the quality of the r-PET is appropriate. According to the blowing tests we have performed under industrial conditions, it can contain between 25 per cent and 50 per cent of r-PET, while ensuring the quality and the performance of the bottle,” concludes Vincent.
In 2017, the Sidel Aseptic Combi PredisTM blow fill seal filler was validated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for low acid products sold in the country – an industry first. With more than 180 references at major beverage and dairy companies since the launch of the solution in 2000, the repeat orders for this technology underline its success.
Since the first FDA approval, many beverage and dairy players in the US, Asia and South America have trusted Sidel’s proven dry preform decontamination system to develop their business in the US. The Aseptic Combi Predis differs from former aseptic bottling technologies because the PET package sterilisation takes place at the preform stage rather than during the bottling phase. This promotes production simplicity, while marking an important step towards a more sustainable process because it does not require any water and uses only a minimal amount of chemicals. Since its launch, the solution has helped to save more than 10 billion litres of water while decontaminating 60 billion bottles. The dry preform sterilisation also eliminates the constraints related to the bottle’s shape complexity and allows for greater flexibility as the Combi’s compact and accessible design offers easy and fast format changeovers.
With more than 1,000 installed references for sensitive products worldwide, and nearly 100 joint complete line projects with Tetra Pak Processing Systems, Sidel has enjoyed a continuously growing global leadership role in sensitive beverages and liquid dairy production technology. In 2019, the company further strengthened its capabilities in this field by inaugurating two new laboratories in Parma, Italy, and Beijing, China. Both new labs include a testing room as well as a cleaning and sterilisation room, and are mainly used for the validation tests of aseptic and ultra clean equipment as well as offering customers training support.