Sidel invests 3 mln euros in packaging development and tooling center in Mexico

16-Apr-08
Mexico is the world's largest consumer nation of sodas and is currently experiencing a surge in demand for health and wellness products. In an effort to meet booming demand from customers in Mexico, packaging equipment provider Sidel has invested 3 mln euros in a new Packaging Development & Tooling Center in Guadalajara. The project is designed to offer proximity, responsiveness and service to Sidel's Mexican and Central American customers. This local center offers the full range of Sidel's plastic bottle manufacturing services including bottle shape design, industrial qualification, mold production and commissioning. The center will have an annual manufacturing capacity of 2,000 molds pa that can be used on all blow molding machines and with all processes, even for non-Sidel brand equipment. With a four-week lead time and faster delivery due to more efficient logistics, Sidel offers greater responsiveness to meet the demands of a rapidly expanding local market. The appeal of the packaging is crucial and has resulted in an abundance of bottle shapes and capacities for "health and wellness" products, leading to increasing orders for molds. Sidel also offers prototype molds and mold repair services at the center. The Guadalajara team has been trained at the Packaging Development & Tooling Center in Atlanta (United States), and consists of 16 specialists apply Sidel's process knowledge and use high-tech production tools and information systems already in use at the Group's other locations. Molds made locally reflect the same first-rate quality due to Sidel's proprietary production standardization and quality approach. Sidel is one of the world's top suppliers of beverage packaging equipment, and has six Packaging Development & Tooling Centers around the world: Atlanta (United States), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Guadalajara (Mexico), Octeville-sur-mer and Paris (France), and Shanghai (China).
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