Sidel brings hygiene and sustainability goals

Date: 31.08.2021Source: Sidel

Romanian mineral water player Tusnad, has invested in Sidel’s complete PET line for carbonated and non-carbonated mineral water to meet changing market demand as well as its sustainability goals. Thanks to Sidel’s Combi SF300 solution, running at 18,000 bottles per hour (bph), and to packaging innovations in the form of light weighting and a shorter neck finish, a smaller carbon footprint has been generated, yielding average savings of 5% on plastic consumption for each bottle and a high standard of hygiene.

The privately owned company, founded in 1999, works in harmony with the environment and aims to provide the purest water to consumers. To sustain this mission, it is crucial not only to protect the water source from its origin, but also to ensure the hygiene of the whole bottling process.

In 2020, the market share of packaged water in Romania was 51% on the non-alcoholic market in million litres. Additionally, consumers pay more attention to superior water quality and, due to the rising importance of convenience, ‘on-the-go’ consumption is also thriving.

The partnership with Sidel began in 2003, when the first fully automatic PET line was installed in the Tusnad plant. After the reference visit to Italy in 2019, the company came to Sidel again for improving their performance with a new PET line.

The company decided to invest in a new Sidel Combi carbonated and non-carbonated mineral water PET line, owing to its high technical and hygiene standards. All bottle forming, filling and closing operations are performed in an integrated and fully automated system. Thus, the entire bottling circuit of mineral water – from the underground aquifer to the enclosed filling environment – takes place in a controlled system without any external biological interaction. In addition, thanks to the Sidel SF300 filler with reduced filler enclosure, it helps preserve the purity and mineral character of the water keeping the filling environment compact and in consistent overpressure with HEPA filters ensuring the highest hygiene standards.

Responding the homage to Mother Nature, Sidel’s BlendFill integrated filler and carbonator solution also contributes to Apemin Tusnad’s sustainable roadmap, as it requires fewer components and functions and also reduce CO2 consumption, generating a smaller carbon footprint. Moreover, since 2020, all Apemin Tusnad brands have been produced with light weighting preforms and shorter neck finishes, achieving average savings of 5% on plastic consumption for each bottle.

The new complete PET line for carbonated and non-carbonated water can run at up to 18,000 bph and accommodates various formats from 0.5 L to 2.5 L, which increases production capacity up to 40%.

Said Gyarfas Kurko, owner, Apemin Tusnad: “We chose Sidel not only because of its strength in PET solutions, but also thanks to the great local service it offers. Throughout the pre-contracting phase and execution, we experienced a high level of professionalism from Sidel’s staff, with clear communication and close support. This is the synergy we are looking for in a partner.”   For more visit sidel.com


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