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One of the leading bottled water companies in UAE, Al Ain Mineral Water Company, a fully owned entity of Abu Dhabi-based food and beverage company Agthia Group, has announced that it has integrated a lightweight hot-fill technology, ThermoShape into its production lines.

The line was designed, commissioned and installed by Plastipak Packaging, Inc a wholly owned subsidiary of Plastipak Holdings Inc.

Al Ain Water General Manager Fasahat Beg said: "This investment will enable us to enter the value-added beverage segments such as sports drinks and juices, while using at least 30% less PET than the existing 'hot fill' bottling lines in the market. This in turn means delivery on both cost and energy savings for the company and further demonstrates our corporate social responsibility commitment towards reducing our environmental impact."

According to information received from the company, Plastipak's patented technology, ThermoShape bottles can achieve shelf life of up to 12 months at ambient temperature without bottle deformation due to standard loss of oxygen in the bottle headspace and water loss through bottle PET walls.

The patented technology also offers glass container hot-filling, PET bottle aseptic filling or the use of preservatives and cold sterilizer for the distribution of non-refrigerated high acid sensitive drinks.