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News - Krones AG

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New, droplet-shaped lightweight bottle - Small but strong  (Company news)

In many tropical countries, particularly in Asia, small water beakers made of PET are in widespread use. Sealed with a removable film/foil, they supply the on-the-go market for a quick thirst-quencher betweentimes. Airlines, too, like using these non-returnable beakers. Krones has now developed an attractive and practical alternative: a flexible, reclosable small lightweight bottle.

The droplet-shaped PET bottle holds 200 millilitres, and with a weight of just 4.4 grams is extremely light. It can be produced using a standard blow-moulding machine that is also suitable for lightweight formats. Moreover, the container offers an option for pressurising it with nitrogen after filling, thus stabilising it for storage and transportation.

In terms of dress, too, the PET bottle offers abundant design versatility: different labelling processes enable different designs to be achieved. This means the beverage producers can market the bottle in different price segments and retailing structures.

Not only is the droplet shape an eye-catcher, its geometry additionally stabilises the lightweight bottle. The container features a 26/22 neck finish typical for water bottles, and can be closed with a normal screw-cap.

High demand
At the drinktec 2017, Krones showcased more than 2,000 of these small PET containers on a large illuminated wall. During the fair, and afterwards as well, there were numerous conversations and inquiries concerning this development project. They show that there is keen interest in replacing the widely used water beakers by a more attractive and easy-to-handle variant.

The small, droplet-shaped PET bottle has been developed by Krones’ Packaging Development and Consulting Department. This unit creates innovative packaging designs and assists clients in translating an idea for a container/pack concept into technically feasible, marketable reality. Krones’ experts offer customised solutions, e.g. on the basis of finite-element analysis, or material-specific consultancy for complex packaging projects.

-Weighs only 4.4 grams
-Stable thanks to nitrogen pressurisation
-Iconic design for mini- bottles
-Reclosable thanks to screw-cap
-An abundance of different labelling options
-Can be produced using standard blow-moulding machines
(Krones AG)

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Premiere: Krones’ first block solution for cans - Modulfill Bloc FS-C  (Company news)

Picture: For the first time, Krones’ portfolio includes a filler-seamer block for cans

This is definitely something new: for the first time, beverage producers can buy from Krones an all-in-one solution for filling and seaming cans. This block is, of course, packed full of Krones’ know-how coupled with state-of-the-art technology.

For the filling function, Krones has opted for field-proven technology: the volumetric Modulfill VFS-C can filler is suitable for both the small and large output ranges, and (depending on the container size and format involved) handles between 18,000 and 135,000 cans an hour. Maximised filling accuracy is assured by an inductive flow meter, which reliably measures the inflowing liquid until the specified fill volume has been reached. The filling valve used scores highly in terms of a hygienically sophisticated solution, from product routing to the pressing-on unit. Additional pluses in terms of hygiene include the no-front-table machine concept, in which Monotec starwheel columns with sloping surfaces are used throughout, for example, plus the grease-free main bearing, which is operated by means of automatic oil-circulating lubrication.

The Modulseam can seamer is an absolute innovation on the market, incorporating empirical feedback from Krones’ long years of experience in the fields of filling and closing technology.

The highlight: both modules are precisely matched to each other – which means they work hand in hand. At the Modulseam, too, hygiene is a paramount consideration: a seamer zone separated from the surrounding work environment, plus the roof table, where all cables and media piping are located outside the process zone, ensure a dependable seaming process.

With the Modulfill Bloc FS-C, Krones is expanding its corporate competence in terms of can handling, since in this harmonised system both Krones machines are perfectly coordinated – which makes the operator’s daily work, in particular, a whole lot easier: a standardised operator control concept and a shared touch-screen ensure that product and format change-overs can be performed without double manipulations and legwork. Quick-change handling parts at the filler and seamer, moreover, mean short times for changing over to different can sizes.
(Krones AG)

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drinktec 2017: Krones and Erema are joining forces to progress PET recycling  (Company news)

Picture: Bottle-to-Bottle-Recycling – Recycling of PET to be reused as food-grade packaging materials is flourishing around the globe

Krones AG, Neutraubling, Germany, and Erema Engineering Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen GmbH, Ansfelden, Austria, have agreed to collaborate in the field of PET plastic recycling. The aim of this alliance is to incorporate the technical expertise of both companies into the planning and design of PET recycling lines and indeed complete factories, so as to be able to offer clients from both the beverage and PET recycling industries an optimal line or an entire factory. Anyone interested can obtain more detailed information on the cooperation between the two companies during this year’s drinktec from 11 to 15 September at Krones in Hall B6 and at Erema’s stand in Hall A4.346.

The accumulated corporate experience and the product portfolios of Erema and Krones complement each other to optimum effect: Erema, as the world’s market leader in the manufacture of plastic recycling systems, contributes the expertise required for PET processing, and Krones is the world’s leading manufacturer and turnkey vendor of filling and packaging technology. Krones’ product portfolio, however, comprises not only machines and lines for filling and packaging beverages and liquid foods, but also machines for producing PET bottles, plus modules and lines for the recycling process. The collaborative arrangement will also focus significantly on planning entire factories, which Krones is already offering to beverage bottlers and PET recyclers from the feasibility study stage all the way through to the finished factory.

Krones’ comprehensive product range, particularly the MetaPure W hot-wash technology developed specifically for PET and validated by performance in the field, combined with Erema’s Vacurema technology developed for PET, will enable the two companies in future to offer responsively customised job sections - for washing and/or decontamination technology all the way through to complete factories for PET plastics recycling, and handle them as a turnkey vendor.

This means that Krones’ clients will soon be able to close the entire PET cycle, from manufacture of the PET plastic products all the way through to their recovery, and thus make a sustainable contribution towards the “circular economy”, with concomitantly reduced resource consumption and environmental impact.
(Krones AG)

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Accolade for Boreas - International FoodTec Award 2012 for controlled evaporation of unwanted ...  (Company news)

... aromatics

Picture: The Boreas wort stripping system from Krones “blows” the unwanted celery taste, for example, out of the beer wort: an innovation that won the International FoodTec Award 2012.

Leaving the “good” aromatics in the beer, while taking the “bad ones” out – and all this with almost no additional energy consumption. Which is why at the Anuga FoodTec the innovative Boreas system from Krones AG, Neutraubling, Germany, was honoured with the International FoodTec Award 2012 from the DLG (German Agricultural Society) in Silver. Boreas is a new solution for the beer-brewing process for controlled evaporation of unwanted aromatics from the hot wort. The system is named after the eponymous personification of the wintry North Wind in Ancient Greek mythology.

Boreas enables the brewing process to be optimised in terms of energy consumption – either by a temporal or qualitative reduction in overall evaporation or by downsizing the wort boiling time and removing the unwanted aromatic compounds. The process controls the expulsion of these aromatics, particularly the leading substance dimethyl sulphide (DMS), without having to change the brewing process or react to increased DMS values with longer boiling times. DMS is regarded as the cause of the “celery taste” that is total anathema for beer. The desirable aromatics, by contrast, particularly the important hop aromatics, are hardly influenced by this wort stripping process at all, and if so, in most cases for the better.

Thanks to high-precision control of the evaporation efficiency, the minimised footprint and the stand-alone construction, the Boreas wort stripping system provides an attractive option for both large and mid-tier breweries that can be simply integrated into any existing brewhouse. The salient features of the Boreas process are its easy retrofittability, and a mode of operation that does without vacuum or additional thermal energy. Depending on the starting level involved, Boreas enables DMS reduction rates of up to 70 per cent to be achieved.
(Krones AG)


Ad-hoc release - Significant growth for Krones in 2011   (Company news)

Sales at Krones, the world’s market leader for beverage filling and packaging technology were up by 14.1 % in the 2011 business year compared to 2010, rising from 2,173.3 to 2,480.3 million euros. Krones has thus overachieved its growth target.
At 2,514.0 million euros, the company’s order bookings were 14.6 % up on the preceding year’s figure.
Earnings before taxes rose during 2011 in comparison to the preceding year from 70.8 million euros to 74.6 million euros. This result is affected by a provision in the financial statements for 2011 relating to potential settlement arising from the Le-Nature’s litigation. As previously reported (see also ad-hoc release dated 26 January 2012), Krones is currently engaged in mediation with US-plaintiffs with respect to the Le-Nature’s case.
Krones was able as planned, despite the challenging macro-economic environment and the adjustment for one-off expenditures, to strengthen its 2011 operative profitability.
Earnings after taxes fell in 2011 by comparison with the preceding year from 50.9 million euros to 43.7 million euros. Due to the above-mentioned one-off effect and the expenses entailed by a tax audit, the company’s tax rate rose significantly in comparison to the preceding year.
Based on the company’s positive operative development in the 2011 business year, the Supervisory and Executive Boards will be proposing the AGM a dividend of 0.60 euros per share (preceding year: 0.40 euros per share). On the balance sheet day as of December 31, 2011, Krones had no debts with banks and net cash totalled more than 125 million euros.
The equity ratio was 38.5 %. This sustainably sound financial and capital structure constitutes a solid foundation for ensuring that the company will achieve its future targets.
Despite a volatile global economy, Krones expects a positive development for the 2012 business year, and is anticipating a significant strengthening of its profitability. Krones will be publishing a more specific perspective for the 2012 business year and the complete financial statements for 2011 on the date of its balance sheet press conference, scheduled for 25 April 2012. All the figures given here are provisional, and may change during the course of the audit.
(Krones AG)


New Zealand: Japan’s Asahi challenging the duopoly in tap beer market  (

For the time since the emergence of only two major domestic brewing groups, Japanese drinks company Asahi is challenging the duopoly in New Zealand’s high-margin tap beer market, The National Business Review reported on November, 16.

It is valued at about NZ$900 million and has never before been challenged by a serious third player.

But Asahi’s NZ$1.525 billion September takeover of Independent Liquor, mainly known as a RTD mixed drinks maker, has changed that.

Until now, Independent has supplied a range of local and international brands to liquor store outlets. It had kept out of the on-premise retail tap market because most outlets were tied up by the duopoly of Lion and DB Breweries.

Cost of installation is high and the breweries pay this up-front for pub and bar owners. But with it comes pricing dictated by the brewers.

Independent Liquor chief executive Julian Davidson aims to give owners an alternative with pricing 70-80% below existing levels.

“By entering this market we aim to provide the channel more value, choice and flexibility than they are currently accustomed to,” he says.

“On premise operators we have spoken to have welcomed the competition and we already have strong on premise demand committed to serving our beer.”

Customer service surveying by Coalface Consulting shows Independent has improved its rating from ninth in 2009 to third this year, while DN has dropped to seventh. Lion is in top place.

Independent has rebranded its beer operation as Boundary Road Brewery, which will supply kegs of international premium brands such as Carlsberg and Kingfisher along with NZ Pure, its craft range and Wild Buck New Zealand Ale.

Independent says its two brands in its recently launched craft range are outselling Monteith’s at Foodstuffs.

Davidson says the tap beer move has the backing of Asahi and Boundary has formed a sales and marketing team to work specifically on building sales.

Boundary has already taken delivery of a Krones keg line and the first kegs are set to leave the brewery in early December.


Healthy rise in Krones' earnings during the first half of 2011  (Company news)

During the first half of 2011, Krones AG, the world’s market leader for beverage filling and packaging technology, achieved significant increases in all important ratios compared with the preceding year.
The company has been profiting from the cyclical upturn and the extensive initiatives, like more efficient production methods, it has taken to upgrade its corporate performance. Krones’ business gained significantly in dynamism throughout almost all sales regions during the first six months
of 2011.
From January to June 2011, the company’s order bookings rose by 19.8 % in comparison to the previous year, from 1,104.9 to 1,323.4 million euros. In the year’s second quarter, the value of orders on hand exceeded the preceding year’s level by around a quarter. Krones’ highest growth rates in terms of order bookings were achieved in Africa/Near East, in Eastern Europe and the CIS nations, and in Central Europe. The company’s highest order bookings in absolute figures during the period under review came once again from China. At the end of June 2011, Krones had an order backlog worth 974.6 million euros (preceding year: 917.2 million euros) on its books.
During the first half of 2011, sales rose by 16.8 % in comparison to the preceding year’s figure to reach 1,257.5 million euros: this means that half-year sales exceeded the equivalent figure for the record year of 2008 (1,204.9 million euros). In the year’s second quarter, the company’s growth accelerated: at 650.8 million euros, sales from April to June 2011 were 19.9 % up on the preceding year’s equivalent period.
Krones’ profitability showed a substantial improvement in the year’ first half. Earnings before taxes (EBT) rose from 32.0 million euros in the preceding year to 69.2 million euros. The EBT margin, meaning pretax earnings in relation to sales, was thus 5.5 % (preceding year: 3.0 %). After taxes, Krones earned 49.2 million euros (preceding year: 22.1 million euros) in the first two quarters of the ongoing business year. This corresponds to earnings per share of 1.62 euros (preceding year: 0.73 euros).

Krones still performing to plan
The global economy is on course for growth. Nonetheless, a feeling of uncertainty remains. The global debt problem, above all, is a major hazard for the business cycle. From today’s perspective, however, Krones is confident that the situational conditions will remain favourable overall during the second half of 2011.

Krones anticipates that in comparison to 2010 sales will grow by significantly more than 10 %, and appreciably exceed the previous record high of around 2,381 million euros from 2008. For order bookings, too, the company expects a new record high, laying solid foundations for further growth.

In addition, the Executive Board is very confident that Krones will
significantly improve its earnings, and achieve a pretax return on sales of more than 5 % (preceding year: 3.3 %). From today’s perspective, Krones anticipates that the pretax earnings achieved in January to June will be exceeded in the year’s second half.

For details of 2011’s second quarter, please consult the relevant quarterly report, which can be retrieved at (Krones AG)


KRONES AG plans changes in its Supervisory and Executive Boards   (Company news)

Neutraubling, 14 June 2011 – At the AGM in Neutraubling on 15 June 2011, the agenda for the shareholders of Krones AG will include a vote on a revamped Supervisory Board. Standing for re-election are the present Supervisory Board Chairman Ernst Baumann (62), a former director of BMW AG, Norman Kronseder (48), farmer and forester, Dr. Jochen Klein (67), Managing Director of I-Invest GmbH, and Count Philipp von und zu Lerchenfeld (59), a member of the Bavarian State Parliament.
The former President of Regensburg University, Prof. Dr. Erich Kohnhäuser (66), will be stepping down from the body upon conclusion of the AGM. Petra Schadeberg-Herrmann (44) is the first woman to stand for election to Krones’ Supervisory Board. As a managing partner of Krombacher Finance GmbH, she will be able to contribute her extensive knowledge and her long years of experience.

In the constitutive meeting immediately following the AGM, the Supervisory Board of Krones AG will be deciding on changes in the company’s Executive Board.
After 15 years on the on Krones AG’s Executive Board, the Deputy Executive Board Chairman, Hans-Jürgen Thaus (62), will be stepping down from it effective 31 December 2011, having reached the contractually agreed age limit of 62.
The Human Resources Committee of the Supervisory Board will propose to the full Supervisory Board of Krones AG Christoph Klenk (47) to succeed Hans-Jürgen Thaus as Financial Director. An engineering graduate, Christoph Klenk has since 2003 been a member of Krones AG’s Executive Board, where he has been responsible for Research and Development and Divisions.
The successor to Christoph Klenk proposed to the board will be the present Head of Research and Development, Thomas Ricker (43). A mechanical engineering graduate, Thomas Ricker is set to be appointed to the Executive Board effective 1 January 2012.
(Krones AG)


The new Academy Programme is here  (Company news)

In 2011, the Academy’s entire programme will be concentrating on the keynote issue of “efficiency”. Whether it’s training on a particular machine, an IT course, or sophisticated management training: each event aims at getting more out of everyday workplace production. More output from the line, more flexibility in production operations, more motivation in the team environment: these are the goals.
To make absolutely sure that you achieve these goals, we focus our courses one hundred per cent of the conditions and needs actually encountered in the beverage industry. A crucial difference, one that makes the Krones Academy so unique. Because our trainers are each and every one of them sectoral insiders. And as such they communicate not only the standard insights, but valuable expertise as well, which you can put to profitable use immediately afterwards.
Pick out the appropriate course from our extensive programme. And make 2011 your own Efficiency Year. (Krones AG)

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