Skol trained the operators for the new line in-house for more than a year on the first line, which is likewise largely equipped with Krones machines. In late 2019, the Krones Center East Africa provided on-site training on particularly important machines, like filler, labeller and empty-bottle inspector. And if some assistance from Krones was nonetheless required, a service technician from the center in Nairobi could arrive on site within six to eight hours. “The proximity of the center was also an advantage in Krones’ favour,” comments Eustache Mpiko. And a maintenance agreement with Krones is on the agenda upon expiry of the warranty period. SBL has already concluded a remote service agreement.
Opting for Krones was the right thing to do.
Keep on growing
For the future, the Skol Brewery already has some ambitious plans: “Beer consumption in Rwanda is directly dependent on economic growth. This has been running at around seven per cent per annum in recent years, and is expected to keep on rising. We have lots of young people, who in the near future will grow up to be potential beer consumers. If all goes well, we can start thinking about another Krones bottling line,” says Eustache Mpiko.