Process engineering company African Process Solutions, of Cape Town, has completed a $1,45-million turnkey installation project of two premium waterbottling lines in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The water-bottling lines were built using main components produced by Chinese filling-equipment manufacturer Beijing Bright River Machinery, with which African Process Solutions has entered into a partnership.
The premium bottled-water market in Africa is expanding rapidly, with demand growing by more than 100% a year in some instances.
African Process Solutions MD John Zylstra says that the installation paves the way for future auto- mated bottling projects in Africa, as it has proved effective in removing the previously prohibitive capi-tal cost barriers associated with the installation of automated bottling lines.
“The bottling lines that we installed are the first Chinese component manufactured lines to have been approved by Coca-Cola for installation in Africa for a third-party bottler,” Zylstra adds.
African Process Solutions supplied, installed and commissioned the two fully automated water-bottling lines for Hyper Psaro in the southern DRC town of Lubumbashi.
Bottling company Hyper Psaro is the licensed third-party bottler of Coca-Cola’s Bonaqua range of premium bottled water in the region.
Zylstra says that Hyper Psaro and Coca-Cola decided last year to migrate from the Bonaqua brand to the Dasani brand.
Hyper Psaro took advantage of this brand-changing opportunity by installing the two new bottling lines, of which one is a still-water filler and the other an isobaric carbonated-water filler.
The installations increased the bottler’s capacity to about 10 000 bottles an hour.
The two lines incorporate blow moulders, monoblock rotary fillers, shrink labellers and shrink carton packers.