For those of you not up-to-date on the latest in beverage manufacturing technology, in-line blow moulding is the process by which compact PET preforms are transformed into complete PET beverage bottles. In Brampton and Calgary, the full-sized bottles are immediately whisked away to a separate filling station whereas at Lachine the bottles are filled in the same process. The single step – expanding and filling system – makes Lachine one of only a handful of facilities in North America with this capability.
Coca-Cola and the communities of Montreal, Brampton and Calgary are also enjoying significant environmental gains thanks to the new system. Both plants’ greenhouse gas emissions from transportation have dropped dramatically as one truck load of preforms is now able to replace 10 loads of full-sized PET bottles. Lachine’s high efficiency in-line blow moulding system is also resulting in substantial impact on the plant’s use of water with a reduction of roughly 25 million litres a year!
Watch the video below for a tour of Lachine’s in-line blow moulding system with Plant Manager, Danielle Nguyen: