Some of you may recall this photo I took of a visitor at the 2009 Panaga Highland Games and think nothing more of it other than it was a very hot afternoon at the Panaga sports field and you just couldn’t have enough water to stay hydrated. Up until recently when I had an opportunity to visit the SEHAT factory with the Beach Bunch, I knew very little about the business of bottled water in general, much less the process of producing Brunei’s first Pure Artesian Water, groundwater that is under sufficient pressure to rise above the level at which it encounters a well, but which does not necessarily rise to or above the surface of the ground.
IBIC Sendirian Berhad, the company behind the SEHAT brand, has accommodated numerous external visits including both my children during one of their school excursions. My turn came during an educational visit with the Beach Bunch and I couldn’t pass up on this opportunity especially when SEHAT factory is just 15 – 20 minutes away from where I am. Many thanks to the folks at SEHAT for the tour and unrestricted photography of their premise. [ more photographs of the SEHAT visit on Facebook ]
1500 ML and 600 ML bottles are produced with modern machineries. The whole bottle making process is handled automatically. Basically, the small pack bottle is made in several phases:
Injection Phase, where the melted PET is injected into mould to form the initial shape of the bottle
Moulding Phase, the shape of the bottle is almost finalized
Blowing Phase, this is a high pressure blowing which will shape the final bottle as you have seen in our 1500 ML and 600 ML bottle type.
Now the really interest part of the factory tour: labelling and packaging of SEHAT water bottles …
Similarly, capping is also done in an aseptic room with high technology equipment. IBIC Sdn Bhd uses “Screw Cap” for the water capping and it is designed for the purpose of durability and functionality. Meaning, these caps have been tested for leakage as well as the ease of opening and closing the water bottle during consumption time.