An ideal solution delivered to Coca-Cola Hellenic’s Nigerian Bottling Company

The challenge

The Nigerian Bottling Company required a solution to meet Nigeria’s booming carbonated soft drinks (CSD) market. Carbonated soft drinks are very popular across the country, with consumption higher than the regional average at 17 litres per head per year. Sales of low-calorie and low-sugar options are increasing as more Nigerians embrace healthy eating.

The solution

The Sidel Super Combi is an all-in-one solution comprising blowing, labelling and filling. The line accommodates 20 different stock keeping units (SKUs) for a variety of brands including Coca‑Cola, Coke Zero, Fanta and Sprite in PET bottles sizes of 600ml and 350ml, and quickly adapts to different caps and labels. The Super Combi also blows bottles using the lowest possible blowing pressure, with water recycling at the transferring stage and a filtration system on the filler. A Gebo OptiFeed closure feeding solution also has low energy and no air consumption, while Sidel’s BlendFILL combines mixer and filler tanks in one single compact system, reducing CO2 consumption by up to 50%.

The outcome

All installations were validated with high line efficiency of between 98.2% and 99.7% on handover. In addition, Sidel provided engineers to help train and coach NBC’s operators after each line’s installation. Together, Sidel and NBC are building a trusted partnership and the foundation for future projects in support of NBC’s continued success in Nigeria.

"With Sidel at our side, we know we can easily meet demand in this fast-growing market. The Challawa line is a great example of Sidel’s unique capabilities."

Theodoros Kappatos

Engineering Group Manager - NBC

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