September 15th 2015
ELSA now has a new way to fill coffee creamers – it’s just one more step in taking care of our planet.
An innovative mindset is just a way of life for the ELSA-Mifroma Group, and it inspires our strategies for the future. It helps us anticipate new consumer trends, stay on top of technology and optimize our production processes. With respect for our clients’ needs as well as for environmental protection, we improve our equipment over the years, or replace it with more sustainable and efficient models. That’s why, in the spring of 2015, we acquired a new filling machine for 12g coffee creamers.
Made by Bosch, the new machine optimizes the filling process and raises our productivity. Not only is it more cost-effective, it also reduces our impact on the environment.
Now, we can produce 48,000 coffee creamers cups per hour, compared to 41,000 before. The weight of the packaging been reduced from 0.94g to 0.8g. – this saves 20.6 tons of Polystyrene annually. As for the lids, they are 3µm thinner. This may not seem like a lot, but it allows for a savings of 2.8 tons of aluminum per year!
What’s more, the water system has been completely redesigned. To cool the old machine, water from the supply system was used and then poured in the drainage pipes. When we installed the new model, we were able to install a heat exchanger to reduce the temperature during filling and to use water in a closed system. Thanks to this system, no less than 15,000 m3 of water is saved each year.
Who would have thought that the future could be found in a little coffee creamer cups? And yet, when it comes to the carbon footprint, the impact of the new filling system is proof. With a consumption of about 6 liters per 100 km, this innovative machine reduces our CO2 emissions during production by 141 tons per year. That saves an equivalent of what it takes for a flight from Geneva to Australia and back, or for a 600,000 km car ride*.
*Source: calculated using myclimate.org