Niagara Bottling has selected two new bottled water production lines from Sidel for its new plant in Gahanna, Ohio.
The PET bottled water facility can produce bottles at a rate of 108,000 bottles per hour (bph). It will distribute small-format bottled water to consumers across The Midwest.
Niagara invested in the Sidel Matrix lines to increase its annual production capability to more than ten billion bottles.
The layout of the plant has been engineered by Sidel to create a 108,000 bph line compressed into the floor space, which would typically be occupied by a 72,000 bph line.
Each of the new lines comprises a dual 24-cavity Sidel Matrix Combi, a VersaFilm packer capable of 90 packs a minute, three Sidel Matrix Rollfed labellers, new-generation layer-formatting, a palletiser, conveyors and line automation to handle the higher production speeds.
Sidel’s new PET bottling equipment will enable Niagara to offer sustainable, environmentally friendly solutions and minimise energy and material usage.
Sidel key account manager for Niagara George Kotzeff said that the companies collaborated on a fast-track basis, incorporating the new lightweight bottle that was developed after taking the order.
"We proposed the innovative approach of two Combis integrated into a single production line in order to achieve Niagara’s target of 100,000 bottles per hour," Kotzeff added.
Over the past five years, Sidel has supplied Niagara with nine bottling lines, helping the company to achieve its position as one of the industry’s lowest-cost producers.
Image: Niagara opens its new bottled water plant in Ohio, US. Photo: courtesy of TETRA LAVAL GROUP.