PET containers for the on-the-go markets
At the same time, the company began to bottle Voss in PET containers as well, so as to improve its capacity to meet the demand for the on-the-go markets. “As with the glass bottles, we also printed on the PET containers ourselves for three years with a screen printing machine, although the machinery manufacturer concerned basically thought it was impossible,” recalls Roy Kristensen. A concept that paid off – because only three years later total sales had already reached 25 million fills.
Glass bottles printed on in-house
Today, Voss packages its water in roughly equal proportions in PET and glass bottles. The latter come in two sizes, 375 and 800 millilitres, which are filled with still and carbonated water, plus flavoured water. For this purpose, the firm uses a line rated at 25,000 bottles per hour, which is run in three shifts. One special feature is that the glass bottles are decorated using two screen printing machines.
The line is composed of various pre-owned machines from different vendors chosen by the company itself. In order to modernise it gradually, in early 2018 Voss had Krones install both a Linatronic empty-bottle inspector and an Autocol labeller for dressing the flavoured-water containers in pressure-sensitive labels. “For filling the glass bottles, too, we want to operate with high-quality, efficient machines, which is why here as well we opted for Krones,” says Olaf Grimsmo.