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Coating solutions for returnable glass bottles: Arkema and SABMiller sign an agreement

Published on 2007-10-04. Author : SpecialChem

Arkema will provide SABMiller with glass coating products and technology designed to protect and improve the appearance of their vast stock of reusable bottles. Arkema's Post Washer Spray Application Technology, developed in collaboration with Spraying Systems Co.®, after having been used successfully in South Africa, will be implemented in key SABMiller breweries.

Success for beer and soft drink manufacturers is about getting the products presented in the right way in the pubs, bars, and shops where the customers experience the product. Bottle appearance can have a significant impact on market positioning, market share, brand image, and, therefore, on the bottom line.

Unfortunately, in the case of returnable bottles, this impact can fade away caused by the optical appeal of the bottle. A major parameter is the degree of scuffing caused by the bottle-to-bottle contact during the filling process. With the increasing number of bottle "trips", the bottle pool quality and, therefore, the marketing value decrease significantly. Based on an internal market survey indications are that bottles after 10-15 refill cycles do not fulfill the requirements of a premium-packaging segment.

This scuffing can be delayed significantly by applying a protective coating in the filling plant. Arkema with Spraying Systems as a global partner, now offers a full range of services, adaptable chemistry, technical service, and new breakthrough spray application technologies to reduce the cost to maintain a returnable glass bottle fleet. These solutions come as turnkey installations, specifically designed to fulfill individual requirements.

Tegoglas® 3000+ is an anti-scuff coating that significantly delays the appearance of scuffing and protects the strength of a returnable glass bottle, therefore significantly extending the life of a returnable glass bottle. It can further improve the production flow, reduce the noise level and enhance the efficiency of the filling plant operations. The praxis has shown a scuffing reduction of approximately 50%. A new breakthrough - Post Washer Spray Application Technology - will enable beer and soft drink fillers to protect their fleet at the earliest possible position and guarantees an excellent coating distribution.

Arkema's and Spraying Systems Co.®'s portfolio know-how and worldwide presence make them the perfect partners when surface protection of glass containers is a concern.

Arkema, the global leader in glass container coating technology, has over 25 years of glass container coating experience. The Certincoat® Hot-End Coating System and Certincoat® TC100 transformed the hot-end coating process and remain the market leaders in the hot-end coating of newly formed glass containers. With the addition of Tegoglas® Cold-End Coating products over the tin oxide layer formed by TC100, a very scratch resistant and durable surface is created to strengthen and improve the performance of glass containers.

Since 1937, Spraying Systems Co.® has been solving manufacturing and processing challenges for customers with high-quality spray solutions. Companies around the world rely on Spraying Systems Co.® for spray nozzles, turnkey spray systems, spray research and custom fabrication. With manufacturing facilities located in North America, South America, Europe and Asia, Spraying Systems Co.® can quickly deliver products anywhere in the world. Over 85 sales engineering offices worldwide provide customers with local spray expertise for a wide variety of industries and applications.

A global chemical player, Arkema consists of 3 coherent and related business segments: Vinyl Products, Industrial Chemicals, and Performance Products. Present in over 40 countries with 17,000 employees, Arkema achieved sales of 5.7 billion euros in 2006. With its 6 research centers in France, the United States and Japan, and internationally recognized brands, Arkema holds leadership positions in its principal markets.

Source: Arkema

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