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Evaluating CAPEX and OPEX for your next PET packaging line for edible oil?

Sidel Parma, IO, Italy

Today, edible oil is a very competitive market category, essentially driven by product and brand differentiation as well as competitiveness through packaging cost savings, production efficiency and permanent asset optimisation. Sidel, as a leading solution provider, have a strong heritage in edible oil, acting as a one-stop shop partner in proposing complete and integrated PET lines. The company’s strength is also based on their comprehensive portfolio of equipment capable of answering any request in terms of PET bottles, labels, caps, secondary packaging, footprint and line speeds along with ensuring an overall technical coherence, an adapted level of investment and an optimized return on investment (ROI).

Currently, a number of trends are strongly shaping the production environment of edible oil producers: product diversification and tough competition, asking for cost savings, are driving the industry. “Product diversification is bringing more product shapes, sizes and SKUs to handle for the producers, therefore, the need for more flexible lines and equipment is rising,” says Francesca Bellucci, Marketing Director for the Food, Home & Personal care market categories at Sidel, “regardless, whether we are talking about capital expenditures (CAPEX), operating expenses (OPEX) or total cost of ownership (TCO), all that nowadays matters to edible oil producers.”

Industrial turnkey line solutions with in-line PET bottle blowing are a promising approach to boost edible oil producers’ productivity from the beginning to the end of the line due to a coherent process and flow management. A great example is Sidel’s partnership with B.L. Agro Industries Ltd., an Indian-based manufacturer of edible oils, for which Sidel have successfully provided over the past five years, three different lines with different approaches, challenges and objectives to bottle sizes, shapes, secondary packaging and line speed. “Sidel greatly supported us along the whole journey,” says Ashish Khandelwal, Executive Director at B.L. Agro. “Relying on a single supplier who takes the full line responsibility including packaging, was a great help, especially because whatever we produce must adhere to the highest quality standards,” he adds.

For Sidel as well as for B.L. Agro, line control and automation are at the heart of the system, ensuring the continuous running and the overall performance of the line. “In terms of efficiency, we are now reaching 98.5% on our first line, running at 24,000 bottles per hour (bph) with our small format bottles and 97.6% on our second one at 6,000 bph for the big containers. Our third line is currently being ramped up, but we fully trust to achieve efficiency up to 90% in two or three weeks’ time,” explains Ashish Khandelwal.

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