The three-part assembly consists of a black dispensing outer closure and a white drinking spout both manufactured in HDPE. The drinking spout houses the silicone valve sub-assembly developed and supplied by UCP, Zeller’s UK sister company.
The SportGuard design incorporates several unique features developed by working closely with Coca-Cola Export to meet the stringent demands of this hot-fill product.
Patented drainage channels ensure that the cooling water, which remains after hot filling, drains away cleanly. In addition, the technological achievement of a liner-less closure design obviates the need for induction seal liners and the cumbersome removal routine prior to drinking the product.
Jorge Loza, business development manager for Zeller Plastik Mexico, said: “In developing SportGuard for Powerade, we’ve tailored the design and technical expertise available within GCS to resolve all the challenges presented by the new hot-fill formulation and Coca-Cola’s requirements for closure functionality, ergonomics, safety and performance to produce an exceptional solution to the specific product needs, supporting the brand’s competitive market positioning. SportGuard has been the result of exemplary teamwork between Coca-Cola and GCS.”
The 38mm closure caps the 600ml and one-litre sizes in the Powerade product range.
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