France-based production equipment manufacturer Sidel’s two new line solutions for Lithuanian bottler Birštono Mineraliniai Vandenys (BMV) have contributed to lightening the bottles by up to 30% in less than two years.

The company’s product-differentiating PET bottle shapes have been credited with the latest achievement.

Its complete line solution includes a Sidel Combi 8 FMc, a cap air rinser, and UV lamps on the infeed rail of the preform feeding rail.

The solution also features a Sidel Rollquattro Evolution labeller, a cap feeder for sport and flat caps, handle applicators, bottle and pack conveyors, and a palletiser.

"We had no doubts when considering enlarging our production volume again: the Sidel Combi was the obvious choice."

BMV CEO Norbertas Pranckus said: "We were really satisfied with the performance achieved by the first Sidel Combi – a Sidel Combi FMc – in terms of production safety and efficiency.

"We had no doubts when considering enlarging our production volume again: the Sidel Combi was the obvious choice.

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"We were particularly satisfied with the entire experience of dealing with Sidel and witnessing the benefits of the company’s engineering support experience was key in the success of this Greenfield project and complete line solution."

Offering approximately 4% higher efficiency levels than standalone machines, the Combi solution incorporates a magnetic flow meter that ensures an accurate filling volume.

Image: BMV’s water brands include Vytautas, Birute and Akvile. Photo: courtesy of Sidel.