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.
Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor
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