Ready-to-drink (RTD) beverages manufacturer and distributor Coca-Cola Amatil has introduced a new high-density polyethylene closure to the bottles of The Coca-Cola Company’s Powerade brand.

Called SyLon Sports, the new closure was designed, tested and prototyped by Amatil’s packaging services division in Eastern Creek, Sydney, Australia.

The company intends to manufacture more than 120 million SyLon Sports closures per year for use in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea.

“Until now, we have imported closures from Europe and faced challenges with global supply.”

This recyclable closure was designed in line with Amatil’s strategy to reduce the volume and variety of plastic content in bottles.

The design is also claimed to be the first-of-its-kind to be approved by The Coca-Cola Company.

Coca-Cola Amatil’s group managing director Alison Watkins said: “We believe the SyLon Sports closure is an Aussie-manufacturing success story.

“Until now, we have imported closures from Europe and faced challenges with global supply. Our packaging services division team at Eastern Creek took initiative and designed, tested and prototyped a closure cap which is more cost-effective, better for the environment, and will be made in Western Sydney.”

Coca-Cola Amatil operates a manufacturing facility and distribution centre in Northmead. The company also manufactures Australian Bitters at a plant in Seven Hills.

It employs around 13,000 people, and is the authorised manufacturer and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company’s beverages in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Samoa.