Sidel's Beijing plant celebrates its 10th anniversary

Sidel has celebrated the 10thanniversary of its Beijing plant with the opening of an aseptic laboratory. Including a testing room as well as a cleaning and sterilisation room, the lab is mainly used for validation tests of Beijing-made aseptic and ultra clean equipment.

It is nearly 30 years since the first Sidel office opened in China, while the ten-year-old Beijing plant occupies a floor area of 40,000 sq m within the Beijing Economic and Technological Development Area.

With 56 sets of equipment, the team in Beijing can now run preform and cap decontamination tests, hydrogen peroxide residual tests within the packaging, plus microorganism isolation and purification. The aseptic lab also offers training support.

Sidel’s retiring chief executive, Sam Strömerstén, said: “Nearly 4,000 installations in the country, the professional technical trainings offered in our 1,200 sq m Technical Training Centre and our continuous focus on quality, based on a LEAN manufacturing approach and driving our industrial footprint globally, are clear proofs of our commitment to the Chinese market.”

Sidel’s Beijing centre includes end-to-end packaging solutions from bottle design to end-of-line: from Combis for carbonated soft drinks (CSD), water and hot-filled products, up to conveyors, packers and palletising equipment.

Sidel’s chief executive Sam Strömerstén will step down from his position in July

“With nearly 400 Sidel complete line solutions in the region we have extensive and rich experiences in building customer successes,” said Scarlet Chen, vice president of Beverages Equipment Sales & Services Greater China. “With more than 1,000 installed references for sensitive products worldwide, over 40 years of aseptic expertise and nearly 100 joint complete line projects with Tetra Pak Processing Systems, local players active in the food and beverage markets can leverage our clear leadership in this segment.”

Over the past decade, Sidel has implemented more than 100 aseptic PET complete lines in Greater China. Taking into consideration that liquid dairy and plant-based drinks are more and more winning consumers’ preference in the region, and they are increasingly bottled in PET to offer a premium proposition, this figure is set to grow.