A year ago, PBV was still using its WOW (Western Optimized Warehouse) plant in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, exclusively as a warehouse and distribution center. The company then decided to dedicate part of the factory space to a new water bottling line. “Aquafina is one of our most popular and fastest-growing brands. So a couple of years ago we ran into the problem that demand was exceeding capacities at our manufacturing plant,” explains Sabri Kundakcioglu – and he had very specific expectations of the new line’s performance: “We wanted equipment that would deliver sustainability, productivity, and quality.”
PBV found what they were looking for in Krones – the ErgoBloc L checked all those boxes. “The combination of a stretch blow-molder, labeler, and filler has a smaller footprint than other line designs and requires less energy, water, and people to operate. Features like mass flow metered filling, sophisticated quality inspection, smooth bottle transfer, and soft case handling with robotic palletizing protect the brand and customer satisfaction,” says Sabri about the benefits of the line as a whole.