The 44th edition of BRAU Beviale, to be held in Nuremberg, Germany from 12 to 14 November 2003, should prove a showcase for the SIG group, with three of the main divisions being represented.
SIG allCap, SIG Corpoplast, and SIG Simonazzi will all be represented on the stand, bringing their specific expertise to the fair, namely sealing, blow-moulding, filling and complete lines, respectively.
As one of the largest manufacturers of closure systems in Europe, SIG allCap will be demonstrating its expertise in plastics technology and, particularly in the sector of beverage closures for aseptic cartons and bottles.
With an annual capacity of 4.5 billion closures, SIG allCap currently supplies more than 350 customers in 48 countries around the world.
Information will be at hand on the stand about its state-of-the-art production plant, including assembly robots, which is monitored by the ISO 9001 system to ensure quality. The stand will also demonstrate the full range of closure that the facility produces.
Currently a standard range of products is available for PET bottles in the most commonly-used closure sizes, 28 - 48 mm (BPF and PCO necks). Where special solutions are required, SIG develops products tailored to customer needs.
SIG Corpoplast will be demonstrating its latest developments in its stretch blow moulding machines Blowmax Series III. Since the official market launch in September 2001, SIG Corpoplast has already sold more than 100 machines of this most recent line. The 100th machine, a BLOMAX 16 Series III will soon be delivered to the British soft drinks maker Britvic Soft Drinks in Norwich, UK.
Hot filling and pasteurisation require heat resistant PET bottles. The thermal resistance of PET bottles can be increased by applying a special stretch blow moulding process where molecular orientations from the stretching process are relaxed and a certain crystallinity in the PET wall is generated. The Blowmax Series III-HR are a special development for heat resistant bottles.
Plasmax, the new plasma-coating machine for barrier-enhanced PET bottles, jointly developed by SIG Corpoplast and Schott HiCotec will also be demonstrated. After receiving the scientific award "Reinhold Hagen Preis" in May and getting the FDA-approval in August Plasmax is now on full speed in the industrial testing phase at Bischofszell Food in Switzerland.
The division will also be demonstrating its latest development named ATP (Available To Promise), which aims to harmonise the confirmed delivery time of spare parts and SPOOL (Spare Parts Orders On Line,) an internet based spare parts ordering tool which has already been implemented at SIG Simonazzi.
SIG Simonazzi and the beer world
As far back as the second half of the 1980s, SIG Simonazzi-at that time simply "Simonazzi"- was already a major supplier of equipment and complete packaging lines to the beer industry. Since then it has grown steadily, and today sales in the beer sector account for more than 40 per cent of the company's overall sales volume.
The Italian-based Simonazzi division will be demonstrating its line of dedicated equipment for beer production at the show including representatives from its dedicated Multinational Breweries Team.What happened next was a logical follow-on.
A recent example of this divisions capabilities is an order to supply all the packaging lines to the new Grolsch Brewery in Enschede, Netherlands, the only greenfield brewery presently under construction in Western Europe.
For major information about the Simonazzi division's participation at Brau Beviale, please contact Laura Briozzo. For information on the Coroplast division please contact Carsten Lurz and for information about Coroplast contact Yvonne Garthe.