Three Serac/Sidel Combis for edible oil have been installed in the bottling facility of Lesieur in Coudekerque (North of France). The oil, sauce, and condiment company can now produce light-weighted bottles and use recycled PET (rPET).
Operationally, the combination of the two technological experts for edible oil, Serac for Filling/Capping and
Sidel for Blowing, has also helped Lesieur rationalize its number of bottle formats and reduce its overall changeover times as well as its energy consumption.
“ We have developed an excellent partnership with two historic suppliers, Serac and Sidel, who have proven their expertise in the oil bottling field. With this three-sided partnership, we are sure to take a big step forward “
Founded in 1908, Lesieur produces and sells a full range of vegetable oils, sauces and condiments, with innovative products focused on several specific areas: taste, quality, nutrition and sustainability. Being part of the Avril Group, the company launched a modernization plan for its production sites in 2015. The plant in Coudekerque, one of the largest plants in Europe in terms of bottling volumes for edible oil, has benefited from a dedicated investment of 20 million euros over three years for its bottling center.
Bottling 170 million liters per year, the historic Lesieur site was looking to improve bottle quality and reduce scheduling constraints due to separate blowing and bottling centers. In addition, the production capacity was organized around seven bottling lines, including several small, low-speed lines.
The transformation has been structured around installing three Sidel Serac Combis with blowing, filling and capping functions, which can produce 0.5 or 1 L formats up to 2 and 3 L at speeds ranging from 15,000 bottles per hour (bph) up to 30,000 bph.
“ Now, we have only five production lines, but we can increase our general production capacity thanks to Serac and Sidel high-speed solutions. There has been a very positive impact on production costs as well. “