Apemin Tusnad, the well-known Romanian mineral water player, has invested in Sidel’s complete PET line for carbonated and non-carbonated mineral water to meet changing market demand as well as its sustainability goals.

Due to Sidel’s Combi SF300 solution, running at 18,000 bottles per hour (bph), and to packaging innovations in the form of lightweighting and a shorter neck finish, a smaller carbon footprint has been generated, yielding average savings of 5% on plastic consumption for each bottle and a high standard of hygiene.

Founded in 1999, the company is one of the main mineral water bottlers in Romania, with investments of over 30 million euros since the foundation of the company in technology and a production capacity of 50,000 litres per hour. The company owns three brands – Tusnad, Artesia and Izvorul Ascuns. It uses mineral well water that comes from the depths of the Harghita volcanic mountains, a mountainous area where nature has remained untouched. The high quality of the mineral water has been recognised since the 16th century.

The privately owned company works in harmony with the environment and aims to provide the purest water to consumers. To sustain this mission, it is crucial not only to protect the water source from its origin, but also to ensure the hygiene of the whole bottling process.

In 2020, the market share of packaged water in Romania was 51% on the non-alcoholic market in million litres. Additionally, consumers pay more attention to superior water quality and, due to the rising importance of convenience, ‘on-the-go’ consumption is also thriving.

Hygiene goes hand in hand with sustainability
The partnership with the company began in 2003, when the first fully automatic PET line was installed in the Tusnad plant. After the reference visit to Italy in 2019, the company came to the company again for improving their performance with a new PET line.

The company decided to invest in a new Combi carbonated and non-carbonated mineral water PET line, owing to its high technical and hygiene standards. All bottle forming, filling and closing operations are performed in an integrated and fully automated system. Thus, the entire bottling circuit of mineral water – from the underground aquifer to the enclosed filling environment – takes place in a controlled system without any external biological interaction.

In addition, to the SF300 filler with reduced filler enclosure, it helps preserve the purity and mineral character of the water keeping the filling environment compact and in consistent overpressure with HEPA filters ensuring the highest hygiene standards.

Responding the homage to Mother Nature, its BlendFill integrated filler and carbonator solution also contributes to the company’s sustainable roadmap, as it requires fewer components and functions and also reduce CO2 consumption, generating a smaller carbon footprint. Moreover, since 2020, all brands have been produced with lightweighting preforms and shorter neck finishes, achieving average savings of 5% on plastic consumption for each bottle.

Production flexibility and local service generate trust
The new complete PET line for carbonated and non-carbonated water can run at up to 18,000 bph and accommodates various formats from 0.5 L to 2.5 L, which increases production capacity up to 40%.

Gyarfas Kurko, owner, Apemin Tusnad, said, “We chose Sidel not only because of its strength in PET solutions, but also thanks to the great local service it offers. Throughout the pre-contracting phase and execution, we experienced a high level of professionalism from Sidel’s staff, with clear communication and close support. This is the synergy we are looking for in a partner.”