To date, Coca-Cola Amatil has imported closures from Europe but says it faces challenges with global supply. The SyLon Sports closure was designed, tested and prototyped by the Amatil Packaging Services in Eastern Creek, Sydney.
Coca-Cola says the closure has improved recyclability as all three components are made of the same high-density polyethylene – compared to the previous closure which was made with two types of plastic – and thus creates a cleaner recycling stream.
It is also more cost effective for Coca-Cola as the company can manufacture the closures itself.
More than 120 million SyLon sports closures will be manufactured by Coca-Cola Amatil each year for use throughout Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea. Coca-Cola also sees the potential to scale up production of the closure and use across its other brands.
Alison Watkins, group managing director, Coca-Cola Amatil, said: “We believe the SyLon Sports closure is an Aussie-manufacturing success story. Our Packaging Services Division team at Eastern Creek took initiative and designed, tested and prototyped a closure cap which is more cost-effective, better for the environment, and will be made in Western Sydney.”