Coca-Cola South African Bottling Company (SABCO) will install the Sidel Matrix Combi blowing, filling and capping line at its facility in Polokwane, Limpopo.
The Sidel Matrix Combi system features blowers, fillers and labellers, which can be installed in any complete-line configuration required by customers.
Matrix Combi's compact size, easy maintenance and lower energy consumption help producers to cut down costs. It offers better performance than other models along with fast changeover times, oven efficiency and improved uptime. It also requires no intermediate equipment for improved package hygiene.
Polokwane plant will be equipped with 20 blowing stations and 165 filling valves, along with a Starblend mixer, Rollquattro roll-fed labeller and palletiser.
The line will be used to produce larger formats of Coca-Cola bottles, such as 2l versions. It is capable of achieving production rates of 32,500 bottles an hour.
Coca-Cola SABCO southern division supply chain manager Ron Webster said that the line will help the company to meet objectives in the market and achieve operational excellence.
"The criteria we followed to make the decision to buy the Sidel Matrix Combi included capital cost, lead-times, maintenance and running costs, the technical capability of the equipment, training and after-sales support," Webster added.
The company already has various Sidel lines in operation at plants in Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein.
Image: Coca-Cola SABCO to install Sidel Matrix system at Polokwane plant in South Africa. Photo: courtesy of TETRA LAVAL GROUP.