Nanjing Ziquan, one of China’s leading co-packers, has relied on Sidel for the 2nd time to increase its hot fill production capacity of Mizone, a functional drink brand which is growing in popularity in China and packaged in PET.
The new line, running at a speed of 36,000 bottles per hour, follows an earlier complete hot fill PET line installed in 2013. It brings the total number of hot fill lines installed in the Nanjing plant to 3.
Nanjing Ziquan is a member of The Shanghai Ziquan Beverage Company Limited, one of the country’s leading OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) companies. Established in April 2004 and located in the Nanjing Hi-tech Industrial Development Park on a site covering more than 56,000 sq.metres, the company bottles products in PET on behalf of leading brands such as Danone, Coca-Cola and others for distribution in Greater China.
As a key OEM company in the region with a production capacity of 490 million standard bottles per year, Nanjing Ziquan was looking for a cost-efficient solution with highest hygienic standard to satisfy its customer while at the same time maintain its profitability.
“The earlier (1st) Sidel line had been maintaining an operating efficiency of more than 95% and has even been upgraded recently, so that its output speeds for the 600ml bottle format increased from 30,000 bottles per hour to 34,500 bottles per hour,” said a representative from the management team of Nanjing Ziquan. Due to high satisfaction with the first hot fill line, the company was delighted to award the project again to Sidel.
Both Sidel lines comprise a Sidel SBO Heat Resistant blower with 20 blowing stations, Sidel Matrix™ SF700 hot filler, conveyors, labeller and packer. They strengthen the installed base of hot fill complete lines in the Nanjing Ziquan plant and increase production capacity of Mizone in PET bottles.
Another key deciding factor was the reputation built by Sidel in China in terms of hygienic design and food safety. In addition, Sidel HR blowers allow management of the complexities typically associated with hotfill production, such as the collapsing of packages, as well as the definition of the most-adapted process possible to ensure bottle quality.
In 2013, when Nanjing Ziquan installed the first Sidel complete hotfill PET line - which featured the very first Sidel Matrix hot filler ever in Greater China - the functional drinks market was growing very rapidly. Its most recent line was installed to meet continuing growth in Greater China for functional drinks projected at a CAGR of 15% from 2016 to 2020.
This second Sidel line will be used exclusively to bottle the Mizone functional drink. The Sidel Matrix hotfiller, the SF700, featured by the second line, offers the highest standards of hygiene and operational reliability during filling. As such, it meets the production demands of a variety of beverages such as teas, isotonics and juices, with or without pulps or particles - in formats to match production needs. Its electronic filling valves guarantee precise filling volumes while minimising product waste. To avoid contamination, there is no contact between the filling valve and the bottle neck and all components coming into contact with the product are made from stainless steel 316L.
These contactless filling valves, together with the design of the hot filler, optimise product safety throughout the entire packaging process.