By creating the “Engineering & Conveying” business unit, Sidel is forcefully responding to the demand expressed by its customers, who since the start of the global economic crisis, have been focused on the optimization of existing bottling lines, rather than investment in new production capacity.
Line audits, flow studies, layout design, auxiliary processes, piping, worksite coordination, commissioning and technical acceptance: since its acquisition of Gebo in 1997, Sidel has benefited from this expertise in engineering and project management, which has high added value for customers. Now grouped together under the leadership of former Gebo president Marc Aury, these skills will be put to even better use for refurbishments, transfers or other line adaptations, which are currently finding much favor with customers.
For Sidel’s president and CEO Mart Tiismann: “With the current economic situation, this decision illustrates our capacity to adapt to quickly changing market conditions, as well as our strong commitment to better serving our customers’ needs.”
According to Marc Aury, “the creation of Sidel Engineering & Conveying demonstrates that Sidel is much more than just an equipment and complete line manufacturer: we also have unmatched experience in the custom design and redesign of production lines, with a view to optimizing performance. We are therefore going to use this skill – and to strengthen our teams – in order to diagnose issues and recommend the most effective performance improvement solutions – in economic, industrial and technical terms.”
Sidel Engineering & Conveying is positioned as an engineering service integrator, responsible for implementing all equipment, whether new or used, from various suppliers, in order to put together the line. To do this, Sidel’s control over the components of flow management is a key success factor. As Marc Aury says, “Sidel has developed a full range of very compact conveyor systems that act like the central nervous system, regulating flows and optimizing performance, such as the AQMax™ accumulation system.”
In addition, the business unit also offers integrated data acquisition and production management systems, such as EIT™. A veritable MES (Manufacturing Enterprise System), dedicated to the optimization of operational flows, this software package has become the reference in the packaging industry, and is now installed on more than 350 lines in 20 countries.
The new business unit is already operating worldwide, with more than 800 highly qualified staff based in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Its offer is being marketed by the Sidel sales network.
The Sidel Group
With over 30,000 machines installed in 190 countries and annual sales of 1.22 billion euros in 2007, the Sidel Group is one of the world leaders in solutions for packaging liquid foods including water, soft drinks, milk, sensitive beverages, edible oil, beer and other alcoholic beverages. Sidel currently has production facilities in a total of 13 countries as well as sales and service branches centrally located in some 30 countries. Worldwide, more than 5,500 employees supply customers with complete bottling solutions that include package design, line engineering, packaging machines and related services.
Find out more about Sidel at www.sidel.com