Vista Alegre

IDT - Project nº 47101 - Cristal Eco Premium

Project Code:

Support: Incentive System for Research and Technological Development (SI ID&T) | I&D Corporate - Projects in Co-promotion – Notice 17/SI/2019

Beneficiary (Leader) Entity: VISTA ALEGRE ATLANTIS, S.A.


Main Purpose: Strengthen research, technological development and innovation

Project location: NUTS II – NORTH and CENTRE

Date of approval: 25/11/2020

Starting date: 01/01/2021

Completion date: 30/06/2023

Contracted amounts:
- Total investment: 2,184,428.72 Euros
- Total eligible investment: 1,728,233.44 Euros
- Financial support of FEDER (non-refundable incentive): 1,149,784.92 Euros

Project overview:
Vista Alegre Atlantis (VAA) intends to strengthen its position in the luxury packaging segment, namely through the development and production of technical bottles with alternative and sustainable crystal glass composition, for prestigious brands of spirits.

The Cristal Eco Premium project essentially results from the following current technical limitations:
- The high lead content of the pieces to guarantee optical, density and sound characteristics.
- The initial capacity to respond to the different requests for new coloured glass and crystal products, with new, more daring and disruptive forms, which consider food security and environmental sustainability.
- The cold finishing processes for moulded products are carried out in manually-operated equipment, which translates into a production rate that is much lower than current needs.
- Control of chemical polishing is limited to measuring the density of baths by sampling, which is insufficient, resulting in a high percentage of breaks in the cold zone.
- The lack of knowledge as to the influence of VAA packaging on properties related to sensory organs of the target contents, which is under the demanding scrutiny of VAA's current customers.

Within this context, the main objectives of the project are:
- Investigation of a new lead-free glass and crystal composition.
- Development of new environmentally sustainable coloured glass and crystal compositions.
- Automation study of the parts finishing process, focusing on flexible subtractive finishing.
- Development of analytical and chemometric tools to control the chemical polishing process.
- Research and design of an organoleptic sensing system.

Project activities:
1. Preliminary studies and technical specifications;
2. Laboratory research/development of new lead-free glass and crystal formulations;
3. Laboratory research/development of new lead-free glass and crystal processing techniques;
4. Evaluation of the impact of packaging on the sensory characteristics of beverages;
5. Design, development, construction of prototypes and testing on an industrial scale;
6. Promotion and disclosure of results;
7. Technical project management.