First high-speed PET packaging line for water has been installed in Baghdad, despite C-19 challenges

Sidel has successfully installed its first high-speed PET packaging line for water in Baghdad which forms part of the greenfield project of Iraqi National Company for industrial food (Iraqi National for Food). The installation demanded close co-operation to overcome the numerous logistical challenges posed by COVID-19 lockdowns.

With a speed of 48,000 bottles per hour (bph), the line efficiency of 96% corresponds closely with the high sustainability standards and right-weighting expertise in packaging design Sidel says it provides. The new Dinar bottle produced for Iraqi National for Food comes in three sizes and is manufactured with the lightest preform on the market, based on Sidel’s StarLite design.

Iraqi National for Food initiated the new greenfield project to meet a growing demand for bottled water. After witnessing and experiencing Sidel’s solutions at two customer sites in Turkey, Iraqi National for Food chose the company to install the complete PET water packaging line.

Following an analysis of the market and the customer’s requirements, Sidel proposed a complete PET packaging line for water featuring a Sidel Combi as a turnkey solution, covering the entire process from packaging design to equipment supply. It thus became Sidel’s first and fastest high-speed line in Baghdad.

The complete line solution not only ensures high efficiency and quality, but also high sustainability standards which are of the utmost importance to Iraqi National for Food. For example, at the beginning of the line, Sidel’s EvoBLOW blower fitted with the AirEco2 double air-recovery option reduces the required volume of compressed air by 35%. Furthermore, the Sidel Matrix filler SF100 reduced filler enclosure provides a smaller filling environment with fewer chemicals and less water used during external cleaning. The air filtration system used in the filling process keeps the environment safe while ensuring high product quality.

The bottle is designed and manufactured in three sizes (330 ml, 500 ml, 1500 ml).

To complete the installation on time, Sidel and Iraqi National for Food co-operated closely to overcome numerous logistical challenges posed by the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The situation made the process of dispatching our installation team as well as arranging spare parts more difficult,” explains Vedat Guler, sales director – Middle East at Sidel. “Although the line arrived at the site before the lockdown, the project execution was still hindered by the restrictions, especially because no one was allowed to travel to Iraq at the time.

“By tackling the dilemma together with the customer, Iraqi National for Food managed to arrange an exceptional flight for our team a few months after the lockdown,” he says.

The installation and start-up took only six weeks, and the first sellable bottle was produced and launched on the market by the middle of June this year. “We are very happy that we chose Sidel for our complete water line project, in particular during the pandemic,” says Mohammed Jasim, executive manager at Iraqi National for Food. “The Sidel team provided great consultancy and conducted efficient execution so that our product could be launched in a short period of time.”

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