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Seven-Up Bottling (Nigeria): four SACMI lines already operational, with a fifth on the way

COMBO Blo2Fill plays pivotal role in water and CSD bottling operations. The company has also taken delivery of the first CCMs, strengthening an already solid partnership on the crown cap front. Mr. Ziad Maalouf (Managing Director): “We’ve gone for the best available technology on the market so we can push ahead with our mission of producing high quality drinks on behalf of the major global brand owners”.

Piovan April

Seven-Up Bottling Co. Ltd was founded in Nigeria in 1960, on the same day the country gained its independence from the United Kingdom. Ever since that first bottle of 7Up, the company has grown steadily by remaining faithful to its mission of using the best available technology to package high quality beverages on behalf of the world’s most renowned brand owners. 

What’s more, it also enjoys a rewarding partnership with the SACMI Group, which has been supplying the company with crown cap manufacturing machines for over 20 years (the latest, delivered in 2022, has an ultra-high output capacity of 5,000 caps per minute). That partnership now continues with the recent decision to invest in further development and modernization of the bottling lines, with SACMI-developed technology playing a huge role in 4 of the country’s 9 plants (i.e. Ikeja, Aba, Abuja, Enugu and, most recently, Kano). Note that further investments are already in the pipeline.

Mr. Ziad Maalouf (Managing Director) gives SACMI an analysis of the present scenario and future prospects.

Mr. Ziad, which brands does  Seven-Up Bottling work for?

“The Seven-Up Bottling Company Ltd is  one of Nigeria’s largest manufacturing  concerns. Our nine factories produce  and  distribute some of the best known,  best loved beverage brands. These  include Pepsi, 7Up, Mirinda, Teem,  Mountain Dew, H2oH!, Lipton Ice Tea  and Aquafina premium mineral water”.

How did the partnership with  SACMI develop, and what technologies were involved?

“Ensuring our customers get nothing but the best is our number one priority. That’s why we’ve drawn up an ambitious technological/plant modernization plan for all our production facilities. The SACMI range has proved to be a winner as it covers all the various needs of a modern bottling plant. In 2022 we successfully installed and started up four water and CSD lines at the Ikeja, Aba, Abuja and Enugu plants, while a fifth 'hybrid' line is expected to become operational at the Kano site by the end of 2023”. 

Let's talk about stretch-blow molding and filling. Why did you invest in the SACMI Blo2Fill ‘COMBO’?

“We selected this solution after careful assessment of the alternatives. The primary advantage of Blo2Fill is that it offers a unique response to the multiple needs of a modern bottling factory. Another decisive factor was the extremely high productivity provided by the ‘dual cavity’ option on this solution, both on large sizes of up to 2 liters and on medium-small formats such as 500 ml. In other words, we needed outstanding versatility. However, we also wanted the reliability of a sole partner and a single platform, capable of responding to our diversified needs”.

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