In line with the United Arab Emirate's (UAE) eco-friendly initiatives, Al Ahlia Gulf Line, the licensed bottler and distributor of Coca-Cola brands in the UAE and Oman, announced that it had achieved 20% in energy savings after upgrading its water production line with innovative solutions from Sidel Services™.
With the implementation of Sidel's ECO BoosterTM services, a comprehensive service based on the measurement, advice and continuous improvement of Sidel production equipment, Al Ahlia Gulf Line has been able to improve the performance of its blow moulder to significantly reduce energy consumption.
"Being a certified plant for ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management System) and the ADEHSMS (Abu Dhabi Environment, Health and Safety Management System), we have set ambitious plans for ourselves to reduce carbon footprint and energy consumption in line with the ecological initiatives of the local government. We are committed to produce in an environment-friendly manner, reduce our environmental impact and use resources efficiently. With the integration of innovative technology and advanced solutions from Sidel into our equipment, we were able to achieve remarkable results embedded in the improved performance and the savings of energy and costs," said Ravikanth Uppaluru, Factory Manager at Al Ahlia Gulf Line.
Al Ahlia Gulf Line started in-house production from the Al Ain Plant in 1990. Apart from Arwa Water, the company bottles and distributes Coca-Cola brands including Fanta and Sprite. The plant operates two SBO8 Universal blow moulders for the production of carbonated soft drinks, in addition to one PET water line fitted with a Combi (SBO 20 blow moulder and Eurotronica filler, plus Rollquatro labeller) from Sidel.
"Al Ahlia is one of our oldest customers in the UAE, as our history of working together spans over almost two decades. The company has always been showing responsibility towards the surrounding community and the environment, and at Sidel, we are ready to support them with our innovative solutions that enable them to cut energy consumption and achieve greater sustainability," said Samuel Gobbe, Services Director for the Greater Middle East and Africa region at Sidel.
In 2013, the consumption of bottled water in the UAE registered growth in both total volume and current value estimated at 6% and 11%, respectively. This increase was due to high amounts of water consumed for health reasons and because of the increasing tourism inflow. This trend is expected to continue growing in line with the population and tourism growth. Per capita consumption is also expected to keep rising.