UAE-based bottler Dubai Crystal Mineral Water and Refreshments will equip its bottling facility with Sidel’s Matrix Combi technology.

The Sidel Matrix Combi technology will allow the company to produce PET water bottles in 330ml and 500ml formats at a speed of 22,500 bottles per hour (bhp) and 1,500ml at a speed of 16,000bhp, following its installation in August, Trade Arabia reported.

This is claimed to offer increased hygiene via a single enclosure with no intermediate equipment, as well as improved food safety with neck-handling and positive transfer of bottles between blow moulding and filling.

"We chose Sidel because of their proven capabilities and proficiency."

By using Sidel Matrix Combi, the bottler can reduce raw material costs as the technology will produce light or ultra-lightweight bottles, while reducing consumption of water, chemicals and energy.

Dubai Crystal Mineral Water and Refreshments managing director Shahdom Raheb said: "We have been looking to upgrade our factory with the latest solutions in packaging and bottling innovation, and we chose Sidel because of their proven capabilities and proficiency.

"With versatility and production savings for PET bottles, Sidel was the best option for us, and we are very certain that our consumers will feel the same."

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Dubai Crystal also plans to install Sidel’s StarLite base technology, which will offer additional durability, stability and overall resistance to the bottles.

This will offer a more energy-efficient method of production, by allowing producers to save energy and the amount of PET used for the overall production.