Sidel states that its new solution Sidel X-Lite Still is, with 6.5g of weight and a height of 195 mm, the lightest 500 ml PET bottle in the world for non-pressurised still water. This bottle is featuring a Novembal Novaqua RightCAP26 closure. Thanks to its extremely light industrial bottle design, it is claimed to be the most cost-effective and sustainable packaging available on the market.
The new bottle integrates the proven StarLite Still base solution, already implemented worldwide due to its increased stability and stress resistance through the value chain, its endless design flexibility and the clear lightweighting possibilities it offers. Moreover, the energy savings enabled by StarLite Still – mainly achieved through a reduction in blowing pressure and heating power – are claimed to be significant, with no compromises on the packaging performances. This base design can be adapted to all Sidel blowing platforms and applied to existing production lines to reduce the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
X-Lite Still has been optimised by the company’s engineers for the Sidel Super Combi, the single smart solution integrating five process steps: preform feeding, blowing, labelling, filling/capping and cap feeding. “Based on a dedicated preform design for optimal mechanical performances, this latest addition to our packaging portfolio is able to withstand label application on the empty bottle, in spite of its extremely light weight. It allows for the ideal bottle shape design for nested packs and enables an optimum top load resistance of 34 kg, able to match the supply chain requirements in terms of pallet stability”, explains Laurent Naveau, Sidel Packaging Expert.
As the lightest bottle in the world for still water, Sidel X-LITE Still dramatically reduces the consumption of PET resin: for example, when compared to bottles weighing 12 g, the new solution can save a remarkable 1,485 tonnes of PET per year while generating energy savings of up to 335,000 kWh/year (based on Sidel Matrix Combi handling 2,700 bph/mould.
The company stated that by switching from a 12 g PET bottle to the X-Lite Still 6.5 g bottle, the payback time for a line upgrade would be between two to four months.