Food and Drink
Spanish glass manufacturer invests in UK sites
Updated on Thursday 15 August 2019, 9:33 AM
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The Spanish owned glassmaker Encirc has announced a major investment plan for its two facilities in the UK.
The company, which is part of the Vidrala Group has factories in Elton in Cheshire and Derrylin in County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland.
The £140 million pound programme is part of a total investment package of 500 million euros spread across the company’s plants in Europe over the next four years, and means all four furnaces at the two UK sites will be rebuilt.
Encric’s Managing Director Adrian Curry says demand for glass in the UK is strong, driven by changes in how imported beverages reach consumers. He says “As more people…..begin to choose glass packaging there is, of course, an enormous pressure on the UK’s glass sector to respond and supply more containers.”
The Chester investment will see a world’s first ‘Industry 4.0’ glass production line installed which means the so-called “hot end”, where the bottles are produced is digitally connected to the “cold end”, where the bottles are inspected. The new production line is due to be operational in 2020.
As well as boosting production the technology is also aimed at improving health and safety for workers, and will also see emissions from the plant reduced, with Encirc committed to reducing its carbon footprint.
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