Nongfu Spring’s latest additions to its beverage portfolio require a hyper-flexible and safe aseptic solution, able to process high- and low-acid, still and carbonated products in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) while enabling impactful bottle designs. With four decades of supporting sensitive beverage producers worldwide, Sidel recently engineered and installed a complete aseptic packaging line, integrating the Versatile Aseptic Combi Predis™. The line helped the Chinese beverage player launch a breakthrough in the domestic market: sparkling Ready-to-Drink (RTD) products, aseptically bottled in PET.

The new aseptic complete PET line at Nongfu Spring’s plant in Xin’anjiang (Eastern China) is running at 36,000 bottles per hour (bph). Aside from the Versatile Aseptic Combi Predis, it was also equipped with Capdis™, the dry cap sterilization technology from Sidel. The line also includes an easy-to-handle Sidel RollQUATTRO roll-fed labeler for wrap-around labels, and Roll Adhesive labeler and a cooler with optimized water consumption. The End-of-Line solution integrates a wrap-around case packer and the modular PalKombi palletizer for medium-to-high speeds. 

Due to this fruitful cooperation, Nongfu Spring quickly decided to turn to Sidel again and invest in two additional Versatile Aseptic Combi Predis, installed in the company’s factories in Hubei and Zhejiang, respectively. Both equipped with BOSS and running even faster at up to 49,500 bph, those pieces of equipment have already been fully validated. Last autumn, Nongfu Spring acquired another Versatile Aseptic Combi Predis Combi from Sidel with speeds up to 54,000 bph.

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