Medium speed has proved the right choice
In 1996 and 1997, the Red Bull company erected one filling plant each in Beijing and in Heinan Province, each of them initially operating one canning line. As from 2005, the firm experienced a veritable growth surge: that year saw the Reignwood Group commission two canning lines from Krones for the Chinese Red Bull product for the first time – but not the last. Today, Reignwood Red Bull China has five production plants, operating a total of 22 filling lines, 17 of which were supplied by Krones. 16 of these are rated at 36,000 cans an hour each. It was only in its Beijing facility that Reignwood had back in 2007 installed a canning line with an hourly output of 72,000 cans.
“Medium speeds have proved to be the right choice; these lines work very reliably,” says Cheung Lap Kong, Vice President of the Reignwood Group and Chief Engineer of Red Bull China. “The people working in production here do not as yet possess qualifications to equal their counterparts in Europe, where lines are run at higher speeds. To make up for this, we are without exception using the lines in three-shift operation.” Over the past ten years, Red Bull China had installed an average of just under two lines per year, almost always from Krones – for very good reasons, as Cheung Lap Kong explains: “Krones is a global brand with a very high market share for beverage production lines. This fact alone speaks for the company: the quality of machinery Krones supplies, you see, gives us very high productivity levels indeed; the machines are ultra-efficient and very rarely stand still. Even when there are changes in the quality of the raw materials employed, the machines still give reliable service.”
And he adds: “The employees in our plants are truly enthusiastic about the Krones machines. During the ten years of our strategic cooperation, we’ve been able to get to know both Krones’ products and its staff very well. We have joined forces so as to optimise the lines concerned and the quality levels of our filling and packaging operations on a continuous basis.” The after-sales service support provided by Krones constitutes yet another positive aspect for him because it’s “impressively efficacious. The 24-hour hotline, in particular, and prompt reactions in the event of emergencies, make sure that any problems encountered on the lines are appropriately dealt with within 24 hours; this is a huge help for the machine operators and the maintenance staff, and also extremely important for guaranteeing our plants’ production capacities.”
All the employees in our plants are truly enthusiastic about the Krones machines.
Cheung Lap Kong