According to Global Data, bottled oil accounted for six billion units in the Middle East, Africa, and India region in 2021 and edible oil will reach a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.4 per cent by 2024. For consumers, price is a decisive factor for their edible oil purchase decisions. For producers, product and brand differentiation, cost and productivity are key to competitiveness. Sidel has created several success stories with edible oil players in these regions, both in the low and high-speed market. A recent customer and owner of Novia Industries in Africa confirmed, “Many edible oil producers in Africa have already installed Sidel lines; therefore, it was an easy decision for us to take, following the positive feedback we heard from the market.”
Sidel has delivered its Aseptic Combi Predis™ FMac system to Genki Forest, the fastest-growing beverage company in China. Genki Forest’s low-calorie, low-sugar products have captured the market for China’s Generation Z consumers since its launch in 2016 and the company’s sales grew by 160 per cent between 2020 and 2021 to reach CNY7 billion. Sidel installed the new packaging line ahead of schedule despite pandemic restrictions at the customer’s plant in the Hubei province. The high-speed packaging line can produce both carbonated and still drinks, with low energy consumption and an output of up to 48,000 bottles per hour. A two-year packaging service agreement gives Genki access to Sidel’s leading PET packaging development and design capabilities, with continuous support from Sidel’s local and central packaging teams.
In June 2022, Sidel installed its Super Combi high-speed, flexible and digitally empowered packaging line for carbonated soft drinks at the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) plant in the northern city of Challawa. NBC is part of Coca-Cola Hellenic, the Coca-Cola Company’s third largest bottling partner. Carbonated soft drinks are popular in Nigeria, with a growing consumption higher than the regional average at 17 litres per capita per year1). The Sidel Super Combi is an all-in-one solution comprising blowing, labelling and filling. This technology is increasingly being chosen by large beverage companies to ensure the latest high-speed, high-efficiency equipment. To ensure maximised line performance, NBC has opted for Sidel’s Evo-ON® software suite, which aggregates and analyses equipment data to provide real-time and pro-active alerts, notifications, customisable dashboards and reports.
Sidel has established a new hub for PET recycling in Octeville, France. The purpose of this unique small-scale PET recycling line is to develop advanced knowledge of PET recycling and support the market as it switches from virgin PET to recycled PET. The proportion of recycled PET in packaging is currently 15 per cent in Europe and is projected to grow to 35 per cent in 20302). As Sidel packaging experts assess the impact of additives and primary packaging materials on recycled PET (r-PET) resin, the facility will become an important reference for external parties. Sidel will collaborate with customers such as brand owners, converters and co-packers, as well as other partners like raw material producers, recyclers and regulatory organisations, to enable the scaling-up of r-PET capacity.
The bottled water producer Mont Roucous chose to partner with Sidel for a turn-key project for a complete new PET line. Located in the Lacaune Mountains in France, Mont Roucous has positioned its water as ideal for mothers and babies. With its low mineral content, the water is perfect for the digestive system of newborns and infants, who do not yet have mature kidneys. Mont Roucous needed to expand its production due to strong demand from customers, as well as switch from 1.5 L to 1 L bottles, which are more convenient to handle for mothers. Sidel managed the entire project – from design and engineering to the manufacture and installation of the equipment. The complete PET bottling line was installed on schedule to produce 40,000 bottles per hour, and in May 2022, the 100 million bottle milestone was reached.
Mai Dubai LLC, a leading water company in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has chosen Sidel’s Super Combi solution to support the rapidly growing demand for bottled water. UAE has one of the largest water consumption per capita as consumers seek healthier products instead of sugary drinks. The PET complete bottling line, which fills 86,000 bottles per hour in three different formats, is considered to be one of the fastest single lines in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The complete high-performance line delivers optimum water quality and includes blowing, labelling and filling. Besides consistent quality and high operational efficiency, Mai Dubai appreciated Sidel’s Efficiency Improvement Tool (EIT®) that enables them to track the performance of every part of the line.
Sidel has supplied its latest end-of-line and traceability technologies to Guerlain, one of France’s oldest perfume and cosmetics brands and a subsidiary of luxury goods house LMVH, to expand its production capacity for advanced skincare and prevent counterfeiting. Sidel’s solution has been installed at Guerlain’s site near Chartres, in the heart of France’s ‘cosmetics valley’. The robotic packing and palletising combi solution, designed by Sidel to function in a compact space of less than 20m2, manages the physical flow of products, cases and pallets. It handles 60 cartons of skincare product bottles per minute in four formats. Sidel is popular among luxury brands, which value the high level of efficiency and traceability provided by its solutions.
Northern Bottling Company (NBC), a PepsiCo partner, has assigned Sidel to install a high-volume, high-speed PET line for carbonated soft drinks (CSD) in the city of Peshawar, Pakistan. NBC saw increased volume growth of 30 per cent between 2021 and 2022, and with a capacity of over 45,000 bottles per hour, the new line will enable the company to meet the growing consumer demand. The new innovative line will handle four bottle sizes and five recipes, to produce the PepsiCo beverages Pepsi, 7up, Mirinda, Pepsi Diet and the Sting energy drink. The innovative StarLite bottle base optimises the quantity of PET per bottle, which contributes to sustainability by both reducing the amount of material and transport-related emissions. The high-tech PET line and packaging design improvements, together with service and aftersales support, will add value and reduce NBC’s Total Cost of Ownership.