Sidel Inaugurates Its New Training Lab in Parma (Italy)

On January 28, Sidel inaugurated a new training lab at its Parma site, dedicated to the
manufacture of fillers and end-of-lines for liquid foods. Thanks to new spaces with high-tech
equipment, Sidel is enhancing its classroom and hands-on training services for customers and
Group experts, on its range of standard or aseptic fillers, all the way through to end-of-line

A classroom learning offer

The Parma site is already home to one of the Sidel Group's main training centers, along with
Octeville (France), Atlanta (USA), Beijing (China), Mexico (Mexico), Sao Paulo (Brazil) and
Kuala Lumpur* (Malaysia) and welcomes customers from around the world every day. Nearly 200
training sessions are taught each year by multilingual expert trainers, with more than
1,000 customers-trainees trained yearly within the training center of Parma.

Until now the Parma site has been equipped with classrooms aimed mainly at theoretical learning,
including a "virtual reality" room using innovative technologies that allow trainees to interact with
projected models. Now the site has invested to expand its training center, with the aim of helping
customers acquire hands-on knowledge by letting them deal with real situations on machines and

Coupled with hands-on knowledge

An extra 150 square meters of space has therefore been added, across from the Parma Training
Center, to house the new lab, which is equipped with the latest generation of standard or aseptic
sub-assemblies for these hands-on operations. This new space is composed of three dedicated
· The first room is hosting two automation training stations: a Fanuc robot model for the
training of robot operators and maintenance technicians, a teaching carrousel and test tables
for the configuration of filler and mixer sub-assemblies.

· In the adjacent room, the second space is dedicated to training on Sensofill FMa and FMm
aseptic fillers. It includes a demonstration station with filling, washing and rinsing units.
This space also demonstrates aseptic instruments and components.

· Finally, the third training zone is dedicated to the different types of filling technologies and

"With this new training lab we expand our training offer in order to respond better to the needs of
our customers and our technicians and to increase the quality of services offered by the Parma
Training Center. It also constitutes a global Center of Excellence dedicated to the development of
technical competences and products," states Luigi Armani, Central Training and Technical
Competence Development Director.

With 40 years of experience, the Sidel Group's training centers offer customers tailor-made training
programs, helping them maintain and improve their production lines. Whether for operators,
maintenance technicians, mechanics, supervisors or production managers, Sidel provides
indispensable support, thanks to time-tested methods.

To this end, Sidel is also investing in the expansion of its Beijing Training Center, which is
scheduled to open in the second half of 2011.

About the Sidel Group

With more than 30,000 machines installed in 190 countries, the Sidel Group, headquartered in
Switzerland, is one of the world's leaders in beverage packaging solutions: covering water,
carbonated soft drinks, milk, sensitive beverages, oils, beer and alcoholic beverages. Sidel Group
has production sites in 13 countries as well as sales and service offices in 30 countries. Around the
world, the Group's approximately 5,000 employees provide customers with complete bottling
solutions, including package design, line engineering, packaging machines and related services.

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