SIG expands global partnership with Nestlé

The Swiss aseptic packaging company has supplied filling machines to the dairy products maker in Brazil

SIG, the systems and solutions provider for aseptic packaging, has expanded its long-term global partnership with Nestlé. The contract now also includes Brazil.

As a first step, SIG has supplied a filling machine for 500, 750 and 1,000 ml combiblocMidi carton packs, for Nestlé Brazil’s Molico and Ninho UHT milks.

SIG explained: "Previously, just a one-litre packaging format would suffice for the retail shelf, however, today’s consumer in Brazil is looking for packaging formats and volumes to help avoid food waste. Healthy dairy products in pack volumes of less than 1,000 ml meet the latest consumer trends for mobility, a healthy lifestyle and individualisation."

Brand manufacturers of products that are sensitive to market fluctuations, such as milk and dairy products, have to meet the challenge of these customer trends and achieve operational efficiency in their production processes. What is needed are solutions that, in addition to flexibility, guarantee maximum efficiency and waste reduction, in order to achieve a better cost-benefit equation.

With SIG's flexible and efficient solutions, Nestlé Brazil sees itself well equipped to meet current requirements.

Nestlé Molico and Ninho UHT milks have been packaged and marketed in combiblocMidi since this the start of this year. For this purpose, a SIG CFA 812 filling machine with a capacity of 12,000 packs per hour is in operation at the Nestlé plant in Carazinho (RS), better known as Nestlé Sul.

Line efficiency

Installed since the beginning of 2018, the SIG system has already proved a valuable equipment for Nestlé. “Many systems would require two filling machines to fill different volumes but the SIG system enables the filling of 3 different volumes – 500, 750 and 1,000 ml – on the same machine, with very high levels of efficiency and a simplified set up," said Antonieta Hilst, Regional Director at SIG South America.

The SIG CFA 812 filling machine is now running at 94% Technical Line Efficiency.

Anselmo Nascimento, Nestlé Sul Plant Manager, commented: “We have surpassed our average 58-60 hours’ production time, reaching new cycle times of 72 hours. SIG’s line has also achieved excellence in terms of our quality and standards, especially with regard to food safety, aseptic validation, excellent line efficiency of 94% and an average loss of less than 0.2%.”

Founded in 1853, SIG is headquartered in Neuhausen, Switzerland. The company employs 5,000-plus staff worldwide serving customers in more than 60 countries.

In 2017, SIG produced 33.6 billion carton packs and generated €1.66 billion in revenue.

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