Alpla, a Mexican bottle manufacturer, will join its trade partner in its facilities and produce most of the bottles inline. Small volumes of bottles will be produced in an offline production hall, which is also designated for palletizing.
Sidel's SBO Universal2eco blowmolders delivered to Alpla are equipped with 6 to 26 cavities and will produce up to 2,200 bottles per hour. Alpla will create all the Coca-Cola bottle shapes from 250 milliliters to three liters on the new blowmolders. Some of these machines are able to produce up to 21 different shapes and sizes. There are 1,200 molds equipped with Kohlox, a system made of thermo composite material that helps parts move freely without lubrication and reduces machine downtimes.
"Sidel has practiced good presence in Mexico. And they were able to install the equipment in several locations simultaneously. That really made the difference for Alpla in selecting Sidel as its partner for such a big contract," said Martin Stark, technical and purchasing director at Alpla.
Alpla has been working closely with Sidel for more than 25 years. In the past three years, the company field-tested some of Sidel's latest blowing technologies, among them the SBO 20 Universal2eco. Alpla also tested Sidel's patented format changeover system the bottle switch and new oven configuration: the Ecoven. The positive testing results facilitated Alpla's decision to use Sidel equipment and all tested machinery is now part of the new order, the company stated.
Alpla was looking for a vendor who knew the Mexican market.
"We have a lot of experience with Sidel in Mexico and the fact that Sidel has a strong organization in this area was essential to us. In case anything happens, we can benefit from very fast and quick solutions in terms of spare parts and technicians," Stark stated.
The order was placed with Sidel in August 2011, and shipments have taken place between November 2011 and February 2012. The new machines are due to be installed in six plants across Mexico to start operations in the coming weeks.