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Tibetan City Opens World's Highest Bottling Plant
Monday September 11, 2:15 pm ET

Manufacturing Begins at 14,000 Feet above Sea Level

LHASA , Tibet--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 11, 2006--Deep in the Himalayan Mountains, 14,000 feet above sea level, the world's newest and highest water bottling facility fills, seals, labels, and ships water sourced from a remote glacial spring.

Krones, a manufacturer of packaging and bottling systems, brought the facility online this past summer for the Tibet Glacier Mineral Water Company Ltd., manufacturer of 5100 Glacial Mineral Water.

The Tibet Glacier Mineral Water Company Ltd., which plans on distributing bottled water throughout Asia and the United States, needed a bottling facility close to its glacial water source in order to protect the integrity of its virtually contaminate-free water.

Altitude Challenges

According to Krones, altitude played a significant role during the installation process. Workers had a difficult time moving and breathing in the thin air, which made the experience physically challenging. Altitude sickness and fatigue also plagued many involved with the project.

Krones made several modifications and conducted multiple rounds of testing to enable its equipment to perform optimally at altitude. In addition, the water bottles themselves were specially designed by Krones to withstand pressure changes when shipping to lower altitudes around the world.

The Source

5100 Glacial Mineral Water, named for its source located 5100 meters (16,800 feet) above sea level, comes from thousands of years of natural rainfall and melted snow. The water runs into a deep underground terrene for eight years, and then surfaces in seven natural springs clustered closely in a V shape valley called Qumaduo.

The springs were discovered in 1987 by Tibetan geologist Duoji, engineer general of Tibet Geology Prospecting & Development Bureau. Duoji and his team monitored the quality and flow of the springs from 2002 to 2005 and determined the water was of a quality and flow suitable for bottling.

About Tibet Glacier Mineral Water Co. Ltd.

Tibet Glacier Mineral Water Co. Ltd. was established in October 2005 in Dangxiong County, Lhasa City, Tibet. It aims to become the largest mineral water producer in Tibet and to build an international brand using Tibetan resources.

About Krones

Krones Inc. is the United States subsidiary of Krones AG, Neutraubling, Germany. The company is a world leader in the manufacture of fully integrated packaging and bottling line systems as well as integrated brew house systems, IT solutions and warehouse logistics systems. The company has facilities strategically located around the globe. Krones' products include a comprehensive portfolio of PET bottle stretch blow molders; rinsers and bottle washers, mixers and blenders, fillers, pasteurizers, labelers and sleevers, palletizers and depalletizers; packers and unpackers for PET, glass and cans; inspection systems; and conveying systems for containers, packs and pallets. Krones' United States headquarters is in Franklin, Wis., a suburb of Milwaukee.

Source: Krones Inc.

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