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    Rising demand for Dagon Beverages
    Rising demand for Dagon Beverages

      Myanmar’s second-largest brewery, the Dagon Beverages Company, has identified a rising level of demand, centred around the can. From 2015 to 2016 alone, its share of total production output rose from 45 to 60 per cent.

      Dagon had to come up with a rapid response to this trend, and put in place the requisite filling capacities. And this is how the brewery went about it:

      • When it was founded back in 1998, Dagon had already installed not only a kegging line, but also a Krones combined line for glass containers and cans, rated at 18,000 containers per hour.
      • In 2012, Dagon divided up this combined line: the glass line stayed where it was. Can filler, seamer and depalletiser were combined in a different hall with Chinese kit for pasteurising and packing. At this time, the EU’s trade embargo for Myanmar was in force, so that Dagon was unable to purchase any technology from Europe.
      • After the embargo had been lifted, in 2015 Dagon installed a new complete glass bottling line from Krones rated at 28,000 bottles per hour. That meant the brewery had sufficient capacities for glass containers, so that the old line became obsolete.
      • This is why in 2016 Dagon asked Krones to convert this old line back into a combined line for glass containers and cans.
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      “The installation work had been completed before the peak season began – and since then our new canning line has been running round the clock.” Brewmaster CF Chan (right) and Thiha Myat Lwin, Assistant General Manager for Production

      Combined line for glass containers and cans

      The new line handles 24,000 cans per hour and runs at a very high efficiency of 98 per cent. It contains the following machines:

      “This was a very good investment”

      The new line primarily handles cans, for filling glass containers, it is being used only as a stand-by. “This was a very good investment. The installation work had been completed before the peak season in July 2016 – and since then our new line has been running round the clock,” explains Brewmaster CF Chan.

      To enable the existing Krones canning line to be utilised more efficiently as well, Dagon also asked Krones to upgrade its filler and seamer: from the 206-type lid to the modern-day 202-type design. “This change-over saves us about 25 per cent of the costs involved, because, of course, the lid is the heaviest part of a can,” says Assistant General Manager for Production, Thiha Myat Lwin.

      Now that these measures have been completed, Dagon possesses annual filling capacities of

      • 720,000 hectolitres in cans,
      • one million hectolitres in bottles
      • and 250,000 hectolitres in kegs.

      That suffices for the time being. The bottleneck in the production operation is now the cold blocks and the brewhouse, with an annual output of 850,000 hectolitres.

      For both its new lines, the combined line and the canning line, Dagon once again opted for Krones. When asked about the reasons, CF Chan didn’t have to think twice: “We appreciate Krones’ reliability and, of course, the excellent filling technology. In terms of the price, too, Krones wasn’t all that far away from its competitors. Since we’ve been working with Krones kit for many years now, we were familiar with the technology, and very satisfied with the spare parts supply capabilities as well. But the most important reason as far as we’re concerned was that it was ‘Made in Germany’, which has always given us excellent service in terms of leading-edge technology, superb craftsmanship and streamlined layouts. With this technology, we can quite simply sleep easier at night.”

      Selected machines and solutions