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Decades-Long Cooperation Continues: Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes Chooses KHS Technology for Can Filling and Packaging

Decades-Long Cooperation Continues: Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes Chooses KHS Technology for Can Filling and Packaging beverage packaging, food and drink packaging, food and drink sustainable packaging, Machinery Food and Beverage Business

One of the oldest breweries in Argentina, Cervecería y Maltería Quilmes, has replaced its glass line with KHS technology for can filling and packaging, continuing to trust in the reliability and efficiency of its partner of many decades. The AB InBev subsidiary recently invested in the high-capacity KHS Innofill Can DVD can filler plus several packers and palletizers, among other equipment, in Buenos Aires.

Quilmes is one of the most popular beverage brands in South America and has gone for a distinctive Argentinian image, with its classic lager packaging designed in the colors of the national flag: light blue and white. With German roots, the brewery was founded in the capital of Buenos Aires at the end of the 19th century and now belongs to beverage giant AB InBev, a key player in the South American beverage industry. Both Quilmes and AB InBev have had long-term business relations with KHS that date back around 50 years.

Local partner

The decision to award the contract to KHS was easy, as the Dortmund turnkey supplier has maintained a tight-knit local sales and service network comprising experienced specialist personnel. The extremely professional project management on both sides played a central role in the successful installation of the line.

Extra flexibility

The KHS machinery’s high degree of efficiency and flexibility also had the Argentinian brewer convinced. The Innofill Can DVD currently has a filling capacity of 90,000 cans per hour. The machine’s special hygienic design makes for high product quality and safety during filling. Furthermore, the volumetric filling principle permits exact filling accuracy and fast product changeovers.

Optimum packaging quality

By way of supplement to the new line, Quilmes also invested in two packaging systems. With its Innopal PB NF non-returnables palletizer, KHS has installed powerful technology with a low-level pack feed that palletizes a range of different packs

First-class service

From order processing to installation and from the test phase to commissioning of the new canning line, the project had the extensive support of KHS’ local experts. One of their important tasks was to train Quilmes’ operators. Should the brewery need further support, it can trust in the engineering company’s remote-control system.

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