On 1st of September 2013, Bosch Packaging Technology took over assets of Tecsor Machines et Systèmes S.A.S, acquiring a new competence in packaging of liquid products. Alexander Röpke, technical director at business unit Liquid Food, speaks about background and chances of the portfolio expansion.
What was the motivation for Bosch to incorporate PET bottle making and filling into its portfolio?
This expansion is in line with our strategy of product diversification and focus on being the single-source provider of filling and packaging technology for our customers. PET bottle producing and filling machines fit perfectly in our portfolio of filling and packaging machines for liquid and viscous products.
What are advantages of this packaging style?
Compared to glass or cans, PET bottles are easy to transport, reclosable and due to its special plastic features unbreakable. All this makes it ideal for everyday usage. Its numerous possibilities of sizes and shapes allow food manufacturers to flexibly and individually meet their consumer needs. Also, the so called preforms for PET bottles are much smaller compared to the ones used for HDPE-bottles. This is advantageous for storing and transport. The use of light-weight material results in low CO2 emissions during the bottle production. Unlike carton packages PET bottles are also fully recyclable. All this makes PET a cost-efficient and environmental-friendly packaging alternative.
How do you see the market development for PET bottles?
PET is a growing market. This we can also see with our subsidiary Ampack, provider of filling machines for pre-made cups and bottles. Especially fast developing countries in Asia and Latin America, which are mainly cost-driven, increasingly use this packaging solution.
Next to classical beverages, PET will be more and more represented for other product categories as producers look for ways to present their products in a new and modern way; for example dairy products. In this field we have an established portfolio of thermoforming as well as filling machines for pre-made cups and bottles. PET bottles are the ideal portfolio extension of our packaging solution.