Veuve Clicquot turns to Cermex to pack latest presentation box
French champagne house Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin (VCP) has unveiled a new Cermex end-of-line packaging system installed to pack a new presentation box for the distinctive sparkling wine.
The champagne house, based in Reims, has installed the line to pack its newly-launched Design Box, a presentation box created by the company and SCA Packaging, in cases of 6 or 12 cartons.
Stéphane Bernelas, one of VCP's engineers who worked on the project, said the boxes are designed to "increase Veuve Clicquot's perception as a luxury product and reinforce its position as an innovative champagne house".
The new line from Cermex, a subsidiary of Tetra Laval-owned Sidel, is capable of handling 16 different formats of packing and is able to pack up to 8,500 bottles every hour.
A key element of the line, which is one of three at the VCP facility and includes Fanuc robots, a gantry packer, a tray erector, a case packer and a palletizer, is the automation of format changeovers. Times to change formats have been reduced from around two hours to less than 20 minutes compared to the previous set-up.
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“Extract from packagingnews.co.uk, 14 December 2009, by Josh Brooks”