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Arwa water manufacturer upgrades its production line with sidel technology - Press Release
New solution helped Al Ahlia Gulf Line save 20% on energy and reduce cost

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 11 August 2014: In line with the UAE's eco-friendly initiatives, Al Ahlia Gulf Line, the licensed bottler and distributor of Coca-Cola brands in the UAE and Oman, announced that it had achieved 20% in energy savings, after upgrading its water production line with Sidel's innovative solutions.

With the installation of the ECO BoosterTM, a comprehensive service based on the measurement, advice and continuous improvement of the blower, Al Ahlia Gulf Line has been able to improve the performance of the blow-moulder to significantly reduce the energy consumption.

"Being a certified plant for ISO 14001:2004 and the ADEHSMS (Abu Dhabi Environment, Health and Safety Management System), we have set ambitious plans for ourselves to reduce carbon footprint and energy consumption in line with the ecological initiatives of the local government. We are committed to produce in an environment-friendly manner, reduce our environmental impact and use resources efficiently. With the integration of innovative technology and advanced solutions from Sidel into our equipment, we were able to achieve remarkable results embedded in the improved performance and the savings of energy and costs," said Ravikanth Uppaluru, Factory Manager at Al Ahlia Gulf Line.

Al Ahlia Gulf Line started in-house production from Al Ain Plant in 1990. Apart from Arwa Water, the company bottles and distributes Coca-Cola brands including Fanta and Sprite. The plant operates 2 SBO8 Universal's for the production of CSD products, in addition to 1 can line and 1 PET water line fitted with a Combi (SBO 20, Eurotronica filler and a Rollquatro labeller) from Sidel.

"Al Ahlia is one of our oldest customers in the UAE as our history of working together spans over almost two decades. The company has always been showing responsibility towards the surrounding community and the environment, and at Sidel, we are ready to support them with our innovative solutions that enable them to cut in energy consumption and achieve sustainability," said Samuel Gobbe, Services Director for Greater Middle East and Africa region at Sidel.

In 2013, the consumption of bottled water in the UAE registered growth in both total volume and current value estimated at 6% and 11% respectively. This increase was due to high amounts of water consumed for health reasons and because of the increasing tourism inflow. This trend is expected to continue growing in line with the population and tourism growth. Per capita consumption is also expected to keep rising.

In recognition of the growing significance of the Middle East and Africa for the global beverage industry, Sidel established a new Greater Middle East and Africa (GMEA) Zone in 2013. With its headquarters in Dubai, UAE, and supporting offices across the zone including in Johannesburg, the GMEA team comprises many different experts throughout the region including Account Managers, Customer Service Managers, Project Managers, Layout Designers, Field Service Engineers, Planners, Coordinators and Site Managers.

For editorial and advertising enquiries, please contact:
Muna Shakour
Sidel GMEA Zone Communications Manager
Tel: +971 4 429 1805

Lina Ibrahim
Account Manager
M. +971 50 95 74 216

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