Sairme Mineral Waters installs PET Technologies’ APF-6004 blow molder

Sairme Mineral Waters fills its products both in glass and PET bottles

PET Technologies’ APF-6004 blow molding machine
PET Technologies’ APF-6004 blow molding machine

Another APF-6004 blow molder has reached Sakartvelo (or Georgia), one of the world’s most ecologically diverse places in the world. Sairme Mineral Waters brought the equipment and installed it in the very heart of one of the biggest homonymous resorts in Europe. It is the land of high mountains with picturesque slopes, the land of mountainous rivers and springs.


Sakartvelo bottling plant located in Western Georgia
Sakartvelo bottling plant located in Western Georgia

Sairme waters have been known since 1893. In Georgian, the name “Sairme” means “the place where deer dwell.” The bottling plant is located in Western Georgia, 950 m above sea level, in the Sairme resort. Modern Sairme Mineral Waters plant was inaugurated in 2006.

Since then, its spring water, containing a unique, balanced concentration of calcium, magnesium, and sodium, has become available far beyond the resort’s borders. Now you can enjoy it in 17 countries of the world!

This is where packaging comes in. The role of the bottle increases with distance. The more kilometers are between the Sairme plant and the final destination of water, the less vulnerable the container should be. Thus, the company fills its products both in glass and PET bottles. Equipment developed by PET Technologies helps to produce the latter.


Not long ago, Sairme Mineral Waters expanded its manufacturing facilities and installed an APF-6004 blow molder. What benefits did the company have?

  • “turnkey solution” from PET bottles design to start-up and commissioning of APF-6004 blow molder, training of customer’s technical staff and after-sales service;
  • Mold quick-change permits the production of the whole range of bottles from 500 ml to 2 L with one blow molder. In just 20 minutes, the company switches from one format to another!
  • No downtime: the schedule of maintenance permits to follow it during shift change or days off, electric and pneumatic components of European, US, and Japanese brands increase reliability.

Let’s look at this ergonomic bottle! It is transparent with a tint of green that highlights its natural origin, life, and energy. Bottle shoulders resemble a drop that forms high in the mountains, in a Riverhead. This is where the company collects water. Narrowing in the center of the bottle looks as if it were a swift-running mountainous river.

Sairme Mineral's recycled PET bottle
Sairme Mineral’s recycled PET bottle

The applied technology plays a crucial role in the manufacturing of this bottle. Intense preform heating and simultaneous air-cooling guarantee uniform temperature distribution between the inner and outer wall.

8-zone heating and availability to move the lamps in any position guarantee that the most complex bottle will meet the predetermined characteristics, even if it is 100% rPET!

The partnership between PET Technologies and Sairme Mineral Waters is always fruitful

A quote says that great partnerships thrive because the people need each other. The same happens with the companies. This project is proof.

The roots of fruitful cooperation between PET Technologies and Sairme Mineral Waters go back to the year 2015. Then the bottling company looked for a reliable supplier of blow molds for 6 – 10 L bottles. PET Technologies attracted attention due to the manufacturing facilities equipped with 4-, 5-axis machining centers and guaranteed delivery terms. Not to mention experience.

The first touch turned out to be successful.

In 2017 we launched the second project together. It was also about blow molds for up to 2 L bottles that Sairme Mineral Waters installed in an automatic PET SBM machine of European brand. They perfectly matched the equipment.

The second touch also turned out to be successful.

It was in 2019 when we reached the peak. Sairme Mineral Waters chose PET Technologies as a supplier of SBM machines. The bottling company was looking for alternatives instead of the blow molding equipment for small bottles that they had.

Previous successful projects for 500 ml, 1.5 L, and 2.0 L molds, carried out in 2017, were a strong point in favor of PET Technologies. Moreover, we developed these bottles’ designs together, taking into account the nature of the blowing process. Thus, Sairme Mineral Waters obtained both attractive and functional PET bottles.

The third touch, the installation of the APF-6004 blow molder, also turned out to be successful. Now we continue cooperation and work together on new projects!

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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