Four million unique bottles produced by Absolut

2 Oct 2012

Absolut Unique

Vodka manufacturers Absolut are claiming to have launched the world?s first limited edition spirit bottle, pills where every single bottle is unique.

It is a daring concept which has challenged the whole team behind the world famous brand and its packaging, viagra including the bottle?s manufacturer Ardagh Group, is a limited edition of nearly four million uniquely designed and individually decorated bottles.

Each bottle in this vibrant and eye catching collection has a different colour coating and pattern as well as its own unique label number, giving consumers an opportunity to choose a truly personalised and individually packaged product.

For Ardagh?s team at its glass plant in Limmared, Sweden, the success of the project can be regarded as one of the innovation high points in its long-standing relationship with Absolut, stretching the creative and technical ingenuity of both teams and their suppliers to the extreme, and capitalising on their close working relationship.

The development team soon realised the extreme challenge of the project brief ; namely the need to adapt a decoration process that had been engineered  to minimise design  variation into something that needed to deliver the exact opposite.

Fredrik Källqvist, Development Manager Glass Sweden & Denmark at Ardagh Group explains: ?After a few meetings and brain storming sessions we developed a computerised valve and control system to automatically and continually change colours and spray patterns on the bottles. We also came up with a system to randomly add contrasting “colour splashes” to the bottles during the coating process.

?We further introduced  new functionality  on the screen printing machine for randomising the print start for each printing station in the machine. We also created a screen and colour changing scheme for the screen printing process balancing variation and productivity, and established systems to mix the bottles during and in between the process steps to further increase variation.”


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