Multinational plastic bottle manufacturer Alpla Holding GmbH has purchased 11 blow molding machines and 1,200 molds from Sidel Group after winning a major contract from one of Latin America's newest and largest Coca-Cola bottlers.
Alpla, based in Hard, Austria, placed the order with Sidel in August and took delivery of the SBO Universal2eco rotary machines between November and February, according to an April 25 news release from Sidel.
Sidel has been installing the machines at six plants across Mexico, and they should be operating within a few weeks, the firm said. Neither Sidel nor Alpla disclosed the value of the contract. But Martin Stark, Alpla's Austria-based technical and purchasing director, described it in the release as “big.”
A senior manager at the head office of Mexican subsidiary Alpla México SA de CV referred all inquiries to Alpla in Austria, where he said negotiations for the purchase of the new machinery were conducted. Alpla has 15 plants in Mexico, he said.
According to the news release, Alpla will supply 900 million bottles a year over eight years to Arca Continental SAB de CV of Monterrey, Mexico, which claims to be the second-largest Coca-Cola bottler in Latin America. Arca Continental was formed through the 2011 merger of Embotelladoras Arca SAB de CV and Grupo Continental SAB. The company's stock is publicly traded on the Mexican Stock Exchange.
The SBO Universal2eco machines have six to 26 cavities and will produce up to 2,200 bottles per hour, Sidel said. “Alpla will create all the Coca-Cola bottle shapes from 250 milliliters to 3 liters” on the machines, Sidel added.
“Some of these machines are able to produce up to 21 different shapes and sizes. There are 1,200 molds equipped with Kohlox, a system made of thermo composite material that helps parts move freely without lubrication and reduces machine downtimes.”
Alpla will produce most of the bottles in-line, but small volumes will be produced in an off-line production hall.
Sidel was able to install the equipment in several locations simultaneously, a fact that “really made the difference for Alpla in selecting Sidel as its partner for such a big contract,” Stark said.
Alpla and Sidel have worked together for 25 years, Sidel said.
Le Havre, France-based Sidel, which employs 5,000, claims to have 30,000 machines installed in 190 countries. Its U.S. unit, Sidel Inc., is based in Norcross, Ga.
Alpla's North American unit, Alpla Inc. in McDonough, Ga., ranked No. 4 in Plastics News' most recent survey of North American blow molders, with related sales of $822.7 million. The Austrian parent had total estimated sales of $3.39 billion.