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OCME to open dedicated Middle East branch

OCME, a supplier of end of line equipment for the beverage market, will open a new branch in Jeddah in the first quarter of 2012, which will be dedicated to serving the Middle East region.

The strategic move will enable OCME to offer direct after sales service support and spares locally through on the ground specialised engineers. OCME Middle East will become the 6th branch in the OCME Group, joining OCME UK, OCME China, OCME France, OCME America and OCMEXICO.

OCME has been active in the Saudi Arabia market since 2006 with the company focusing on the Kingdom's mineral water sector which has brought OCME some considerable success

The Makkah Water Company commissioned OCME to supply a new bottling line for their facility handling 0.33 litres, 0.6 litres and 1.5 litres PET bottles. They also purchased two tri-bloc hydra fillers for existing lines.

Makkah Water is one of the most important producers in Saudi Arabia, belonging to Bin Zomah family, covering not just the local market but also all the countries in the Gulf, markets which all require high quality, reliability and speed in beverage production.

The OCME machines installed fully reflect these demands. The Makkah Al Mukarrama installation today comprises four Tryblocks Hydra N80 level filler with air conveyors, bundle and pack conveyors and several Altair N50 wraparound packers with downstream Perseus Palletizers.

Continuous year on year improvements have led to a considerable increase in machine speeds available, going up from 40,000 bph to 50,000 bph.

OCME's close working relationship with Makkah Water is ongoing and has been strengthened by the subsequent supply of another line for the "Mozn" factory of Al Janoub Water in the Jazan area, which has a varied production range with formats from 0.33 litres to 0.75 litres, 1 litres and 1.5 litres.