Sidel converts packaging facility to produce sanitiser bottles
To combat the spread of COVID-19, Sidel has transformed its centre for PET packaging development and blowing solutions in France into a production centre, launching production of bottles for hydro-alcoholic gel. A first batch of 5000 PET plastic bottles for the disinfectant has been provided to the Hospital of Dijon, with an additional batch distributed to pharmacies and hospitals in Le Havre (Normandy).
A first request for small containers to package the hydro-alcoholic gel was received from the Hospital of Dijon in the middle of March. Sidel responded quickly and found the right raw materials and partners to produce the bottles, made from an existing 500 mL mould, with preforms provided by a key beverage player and sport caps supplied by a cap manufacturer. The sport closure controls the gel flow and keeps the product safe. Within a week, the first 5000 PET bottle had already been sent to the Hospital of Dijon. In the meantime, similar initiatives have also started.
Sidel’s employees are ready to produce several tens of thousands of bottles for gel to cater to local needs over the coming weeks.
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