DUSSELDORF, GERMANY — Krones AG, the German packaging machinery supplier turned manufacturer of injection stretch blow molding equipment, already has won the confidence of beverage giant Coca-Cola Co.
Soft drink bottler Coca-Cola Erfrischungsgetranke AG of Berlin has placed an order with Krones of Neutraubling, Germany, for a complete PET bottle molding and filling line, to include the supplier's newly developed Contiform stretch blow molding machine, according to Krones.
The deal was announced just prior to the K'98 show in Dusseldorf, where the supplier made its show debut with the Contiform machine molding PET beer bottles.
The order is the latest in a string of PET bottle machine contracts, mainly in Germany, since Krones launched Contiform a year ago.
Apart from the first order from carbonated fruit-drink bottler VMH Mineral und Heilquellen GmbH & Co. KG in Rosbach, Germany, and the Coca-Cola business, Krones announced that it won another order for a 19,200-unit-per-hour PET bottle forming and filling line from soft drink and water bottler Getranke Wullner GmbH in Hecklingen, Germany.
The Coca-Cola line, capable of handling 38,000 nonreturnable, half-liter bottles per hour, features a Contiform machine with 16 molding stations and molding capacity of 19,000 bottles per hour.
The heater and blowing wheels are set one on top of the other to save space, according to Krones, and linked by a vertically operating transfer star wheel. This means the machine only occupies 129 square feet of space.
Downstream, Krones has provided a Variojet rinser and Sensomatic VP-I-PET filler including a screw capper and Contiroll for wraparound labeling. Also in the line are a tray shrink wrapper and robot pallet loader.
Krones said a major factor behind Coca-Cola's choice of the supplier was its need for a single source for the complete line, from stretch blow molding to pallet loader.