New water plant incorporates all stages of production

By Charlotte Eyre

- Last updated on GMT

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A giant purpose-built water bottling facility in Germany will
handle the entire production process, from bottling and warehousing
to storage and distribution.

Altmühltaler's giant facility is one of the largest in Europe, the company claims. It will be able to produce and fill around four million bottles a day, allowing the German company to cater for growing demand for bottled water - the drink currently experiencing the strongest sales growth worldwide. The new site, at the moment being built by Krones, incorporates the entire processing system for still and carbonated water product, as well as soft drinks, the company said. It will include bottling lines, filters and water softening systems, as well as low-pressure compressors and a heating plant. The four bottling lines will 1.5 or 0.5-litre bottles made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), although the plant will also be capable of filling 2 litre bottles if necessary. After the bottles are filled, six will be shrink-wrapped at a time and then stacked on pallets, a Krones spokesperson explained. A monorail will then transfer the pallets to a specially-designed warehouse, where they can be easily removed by a roller conveyer system at the time of delivery. According to France-based Sidel, the bottled water market is the largest segment of the beverage sector by volume, with 160 billion liters sold in 2006. The segment is expected to expand by 5.7 percent annually between now and 2010, the company added. The number of units sold on the water market is expected to catch up with soft drinks by 2010 due to the growth of small, single-serve containers of less than 750 ml, Sidel stated. Altmühltaler Mineralbrunnen is one of Germany's largest mineral water bottlers, according to the company website. It produces dealer's brands, primarily for discounters and the retail chains, at its facilities in Treuchtlingen, Central Franconia, and Baruth near Berlin. For Krones, a packaing provider for the food industry, this contract, worth almost a hundred million euros, is the biggest single order ever placed from Central Europe, the company said. The Vitaqua process technology and the bottling lines are scheduled for installation by September 2007. Once the high-bay warehouse has been completed, the official inauguration will take place early in 2008.

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