The Sirte plant dedicated to the production and bottling of water and soft drinks is located in the Pajas Blancas resort, in the southwest of the department of Montevideo. There, 150 m deep, the natural mineral water is born. Then the stainless steel pipe brings the water to the plant, where it is filled into glass and PET containers.
The origins. The roots of the company go back to the beginning of the 20th century, when the water spring was discovered in Pajas Blancas. It was baptized with the name “Sirte” which means “water under the sand”. In 1915 Sirte Mineral Water was founded.
The company’s importance outside the resort was growing. The consumption of bottled water was also increasing. Home water distribution is one of the pillars that led to the expansion of the Sirte Company.
The technology. Bottled water is often perceived as safer; seems to be of better quality. This is where machinery comes into play, be it conveying, blowing, filling or palletizing systems. Sirte’s priority is to have high technology.
Thus, the fruitful cooperation between PET Technologies and Sirte was born. The well-known bottling company from Uruguay contacted the European manufacturer of PET stretch blow molding machines to implement the project to manufacture its own PET bottles.
It was the APF-3002 model that perfectly met the needs of the Sirte Company. It has an output of 3000 bph and allows to produce up to 2.32 L. The equipment is integrated into the water and carbonated soft drink filling line.
What are the benefits of the machine?
- Blow mold quick change allows to produce several presentations in the same equipment without down time;
- The oriented bottle outfeed allows the equipment to be integrated into the filling line of any brand;
- Simple logic, PLC and manuals in Spanish make operation and maintenance easy;
- Intense preform heating and its simultaneous cooling allows to produce bottles with sophisticated designs.
The presentations. Sirte sells water in glass and PET bottles from 600 ml to 7 L and in jars. The APF-3002 blowing machine helps to make the formats of 0.6 L, 1.65 L, 2.32 L. They are sold in bags of 6 units each. All the bottles have the same design that makes the product recognizable in the market.
The containers are ergonomic and reflect the product inside. Water droplets decorate the narrowing line of the bottle. The cavities for the finger make it comfortable to handle, especially the familiar formats.
“When You Drink Water Remember the Source “, says a Chinese proverb. Enjoying the soft taste of Sirte water, let’s remember its origin – a resort with more than 100 years of history. Taking the bottle in your hands, you will remember the technology – PET blowing machine made by PET Technologies.