Italian bottler Fonti Di Posina has installed a new bottling line from Sidel in a filling hall at its Posina Valley facility.
Equipped with a low-output, aseptic integrated blow-fill-cap solution, the new Combi Predis FMA line enables the plant to operate with double its current aseptic production capacity with 95% efficiency.
Said to be environmentally friendly, the new aseptic bottling line provides energy savings of approximately 43% during the blowing stage.
Fonti Di Posina originally invested in an aseptic bottling line in the year 2000, which had a production capacity of 6,000 bottles per hour, in a bid to package drinks such as fruit juices and teas on behalf of retailers across Italy.
Since then, the company has sought to expand its capacity by installing a new line with dry decontamination technology for better production efficiency.
The new line is claimed to produce 0.5l to 1l bottles at a speed of 12,000 bottles per hour, without any bottle rinsing.
Sidel's bottling line has been designed to produce more than 40 different recipes with both standard caps and sport caps for various drink bottle formats.
The line is expected to produce more than 100 different bottle references by the end of 2014, expected to increase to 200 within two years.
Sidel said the new bottling line allows the use of less than two litres of chemicals per hour, with no water required to decontaminate preforms and caps.
The decontamination technology of the line is also said to be helpful in reducing the weight of bottles by around 20%, eliminating the use of aluminium foil.
Fonti Di Posina has revealed its plan to increase its production capacity to 100 million units over the next two years with implementation of extra lines.
Image: Sidel's new bottling line at Fonti Di Posina facility in Italy. Photo: courtesy of TETRA LAVAL GROUP.