Absolut Unique, a daring concept which has challenged the whole team behind the world famous brand and its packaging, including the bottle’s manufacturer Ardagh Group, claims to be the world’s first such concept.
Each bottle in this vibrant and eye catching collection has a different colour coating and pattern as well as its own unique label number, giving consumers an opportunity to choose a truly personalised and individually packaged product.
For the development team, the extreme challenge of the project brief was the need to adapt a decoration process that had been engineered to minimise design variation into something that needed to deliver the exact opposite.
Fredrik Källqvist, Development Manager Glass Sweden & Denmark at Ardagh Group explains: “After a few meetings and brain storming sessions we developed a computerised valve and control system to automatically and continually change colours and spray patterns on the bottles. We also came up with a system to randomly add contrasting "colour splashes" to the bottles during the coating process.
“We further introduced new functionality on the screen printing machine for randomising the print start for each printing station in the machine. We also created a screen and colour changing scheme for the screen printing process balancing variation and productivity, and established systems to mix the bottles during and in between the process steps to further increase variation.”
The effort and dedication to delivering a striking end result was shared between Ardagh and The Absolut Company
“Absolut Unique is a daring concept, even for a company as passionate about creativity as ABSOLUT,” says Jonas Tåhlin, Vice President, Global Marketing at The Absolut Company. “Anyone can do one or two unique products but we’re making close to four million.
“Our customers are all unique,” continues Tåhlin, “so we wanted to give each of them a ‘one of a kind’ bottle to reflect their individuality. We loved the concept. Making it happen was the hard part. Along the way we doubted whether this would be at all possible. Well, guess what? It is.”