Liquid packaging solutions provider Sidel has created new packaging development services, which will help unlock the value of PET across supply chains.
The beverage producers from across the world can now use Sidel's new services including packaging and preform design, packaging optimisation, liquid-package interaction analysis and packaging qualification to design packaging that can create value throughout the supply chain.
Through its packaging and preform design service, Sidel will help producers design a package or range of packages that fit the brand and engages consumers.
By using digital models, technical drawings and 3D-printed physical models, the company will increase the pace of creative process to begin industrial production of the new packaging design.
The company will help producers to optimise designs to use less PET and other resources, while reducing energy consumption during production, distribution and transportation.
Sidel will also conduct laboratory tests under simulated supply chain conditions to ensure quality of the bottled beverages and packaged foods.
It operates two laboratories for liquid-packaging and aseptic analysis in Octeville, France, and two laboratories for filling and aseptic microbiological contamination analysis in Parma, Italy.
Additionally, Sidel will carry out complete packaging feasibility and performance studies with pilot moulds and Sidel equipment to evaluate bottle stability, rigidity and quality before full production starts.
Sidel Packaging vice-president Vincent Le Guen said: "Although very important, however, attractiveness and consumer experience are not the only value that great packaging design can create. Long before the product reaches the point of sale, the design of the bottle can create value throughout the supply chain.
"Additional value areas, for example, include improved line efficiency, enhanced product safety, greater sustainability, lower fuel costs, faster industrialisation and speed to market, and reduced costs. Great package design can help add significant and genuine value at each phase of the supply chain, from raw materials through to recycling."
Image: Sidel will also conduct laboratory tests under simulated supply chain conditions to ensure quality of the bottled beverages and packaged foods. Photo: courtesy of the Tetra Laval Group.