Heineken Vietnam boosts its beer production thanks to Sidel

The challenge

A subsidiary of the Heineken Group, Heineken Vietnam is the second-largest brewer in Vietnam, operating six breweries across the country. With a focus on high output and high-efficiency lines, it produces the most famous international and local brands through dedicated single-format lines. In Tien Giang, the brewer was looking to increase its production output: “We wanted to buy a new complete can line, doubling the capacity of the existing ones. However, a typical challenge is installing the equipment while the brewery is functioning. This is why you have to look at the layout very thoroughly,” explained Paul Bleijs, Supply Chain Director at Heineken Vietnam Brewery.

The solution

A long-term partner and expert in turnkey solutions for beer players, Sidel supported the ambitious goal with a complete line project, featuring among other highly efficient and high-performing solutions the new Sidel filler, EvoFILL Can. As sustainability is an absolute key value for Heineken, Sidel provided a solution with SWING®. A top-quality treatment in equipment that is simple-to-operate and maintain, SWING is the ideal solution for pasteurising, heating or cooling cycles for cans of all formats and sizes. Moreover, it allows significant resource savings. Sidel’s vertical start-up programme, including dedicated training specifically developed for the Heineken team reduced time-to-market by 40% while securing the ongoing efficiency of line operations.

The outcome

Increased output paired with consistently high product quality and optimal resource savings are now achievable for Heineken Vietnam thanks to the new complete canning line. Besides having good productivity levels, the line is consuming less energy and water, thus contributing to a good return on investment. Ha Minh Thanh, Packaging Manager at Heineken Vietnam, values the design of the can filler, “The ergonomics and safety architecture of the solution are great: it is easy to operate, maintain, and clean.”

"“Thanks to the experienced line design team from Sidel we overcame the challenge. From line design through installation up to the commissioning phase, the Sidel team helped us take each step very quickly.”"

Paul Bleijs

Supply Chain Director at Heineken Vietnam Brewery

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