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Cutting Amatil's plastics use by 1,000 tonnes a year

New “Affordable Single Serve Pack” line in Indonesia produces lightweight plastic bottles coated with a thin layer of glass. The new bottles are just as durable as regular containers but require 1,000 tonnes less plastic each year to produce.

New “Affordable Single Serve Pack” line in Indonesia produces lightweight plastic bottles coated with a thin layer of glass. The new bottles are just as durable as regular containers but require 1,000 tonnes less plastic each year to produce. The new bottling line cost USD$24m and has capacity for 42,000 bottles/hr.

Coca-Cola Amatil will reduce its plastics use by a further 1,000 tonnes a year with the opening of a new high-tech bottling line in Indonesia which produces lightweight plastic bottles coated with a thin layer of glass for durability.

Group Managing Director Ms Alison Watkins said the company’s new “Affordable Single Serve Pack” (ASSP) line was only the second of its kind for the company, had capacity for 42,000 bottles an hour, and cost USD$24m to install.

“The new line produces high-quality lightweight containers with improved durability compared with regular bottles but with a lower plastic content,” Ms Watkins said.

“The extremely thin glass coating helps deliver the quality that our customers expect, and cuts our plastics use by 1,000 tonnes a year.

“That’s good news for the environment, and another step forward for bottling innovation.”

Ms Watkins, and President Director of Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia Kadir Gunduz joined the Governor of East Java, Khofifah Indar Parawansa, Director General for Agro-Industry, Abdul Rochimand Regent of Pasuruan, Irsyad Yusuf to officially open the new line on Thursday (3/10/19).

The new line will enable Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia to supply 260 million of the new lighter plasticbottles to East Java and East Indonesia including Bali and Eastern Islands, Sulawesi, East Kalimantan and South Kalimantan. Total production at Amatil’s Pasuruan plant will increase to 130,000 preforms/hour, with storage capacity for more than 40 million beverages and 7,100 pallets of preform containers.

East Java currently contributes 30 per cent of Amatil Indonesia’s total production volume. Since 2014 Amatil Indonesia has invested more than USD$379 million in Indonesia, including 15  production lines across operations in South Sumatra, North Sumatra, and the first ASSP line in Cikedokan plant, West Java.