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With Absolut Unique, Absolut Vodka creates millions of uniquely designed bottles for a world of individuals 05/12/2012

Absolut Vodka introduces ABSOLUT UNIQUE – a limited edition of nearly four million uniquely designed and individually numbered bottles. To make every bottle become a one-of-a-kind work of art, Absolut had to re-engineer the entire production process. The colourful, vibrant bottles will be distributed worldwide. Everyone will find a design that catches their eye and becomes a truly personalised gift – or the perfect addition to a party or collection. It will be available in Malta in selected bars and supermarkets.

“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 could do one or two unique products. We're making close to four million."

For Absolut Unique, Absolut had to re-engineer its entire production line. It required a complex interaction of human and mechanical elements, and a carefully orchestrated randomness, to achieve the desired end result. Splash guns and colour-generating machines were set up and complex coating, pattern and placement algorithms were programmed in to ensure that no two bottles would be alike. Thirty-eight different colours were used, and fifty-one pattern types were applied to the bottles. A striking look was achieved by colour contrasts and a white, mat paper label that features each bottle’s unique number.

The result was even better than anticipated. "Absolut Unique feels a bit 'mad scientist,' a bit street art," says Jonas Tåhlin. "When the bottles first appeared on the conveyer belt, we cheered. By that point the production line looked more like an artist’s studio than a bottle factory. These are really striking bottles. Everyone will find a personal favourite."

"A lot of world-class creators have made their interpretations of our iconic bottle. But this time Absolut was the artist," continues Tåhlin. "Our customers are all unique – so we wanted to give them each a one-of-a-kind bottle as individual as they are. 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”.

To make close to four million unique bottles, ABSOLUT used twenty-two colours for the coating, five for the splash guns and sixteen colours for the fifty-one pattern types.

Mattias Elg, a Quality Management Professor from the Linköping University in Sweden, figured out that ABSOLUT could create 94 quintillion bottles – that's 94 times 10 to the 18th power – before two similar ones would appear. That equals more than 13 billion bottles for each person on earth.

Creative idea, concept, packaging, print and BTL for ABSOLUT UNIQUE were developed in cooperation with Family Business. Digital campaign assets were developed by Great Works and pr by Jung.

Absolut has won several design awards for its previous limited editions, including the FAB award, Eurobest and the Cannes Lions award.

Visit http://www.media.absolutcompany.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/Absolut for images, videos and more information about Absolut Unique. Watch the behind-the-scenes film at: http://www.youtube.com/absolut. Visit http://www.drinkspiration.com/ for Absolut Unique cocktail recipes.

Absolut Vodka is imported, marketed and distributed by Farsons Beverage Imports Company Limited, a member of the Farsons Group.