Throughout the entire project, IFFCO Group has entrusted Sidel to oversee the entire turnkey line project and ensure optimal efficiency. Sidel, renowned for providing end-to-end solutions, has tailored the complete lines around their best-selling equipment, strategically placed at each crucial stage of the packaging process.
With a wide range of leading FMCG brands and an array of industry solutions and services, IFFCO Group enriches the lives of millions of consumers and customers globally. Operating in over 100 countries, reaching customers through 80+ brands, and employing over 15,000 individuals across 49 countries, IFFCO Group has established itself as a leader known for innovation, convenience, and sustainability. Recognizing the growing demands of consumers in Iraq, IFFCO Group embraced local production and inaugurated their first factory in Baghdad, dedicated to producing top-quality condiments.
Sidel's involvement has been instrumental in providing a comprehensive and top-tier solution for both the site in Iraq and IFFCO's group factory in Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates, with the aim of increasing production capacity across the region. These lines boast an impressive capacity of up to 9,000 bottles per hour (bph) and the flexibility to handle three unique bottle designs, two cap options, and three label variations. By incorporating Sidel's cutting-edge equipment and through the optimal utilization of individual assets, enhanced overall efficiency has been achieved.
The upstream part of the line benefits from the compact blow/fill/cap Combi solution, which integrates Serac’s accurate weight filler. The Combi’s blowing part also benefits from preferential heating technology, which optimises PET distribution while allowing the asymmetrical stretching needed to blow flat and shaped containers.
Down the line, the AQFlex® smooth contactless accumulation and conveying system contributes to bottle integrity during the transfer from the Combi to the labeller, ensuring the container quality remains optimal when reaching retailer’s shelves. For secondary packaging, the Cermex WB46 case packer is unique for its ability to ensure perfect case squaring and hot melt sealing, despite limited counterpressure provided as a result of the shaped bottles inside the wrap-around outer packaging. End-of-line efficiency is later delivered through the affordable RoboAccess robotic palletiser, which comprises of an exclusive gripping tool capable of handling cases, interlayers and pallets.