Wednesday, June 18, 2014

News: MP raises a glass to Beatson Clark

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Rotherham MP Sarah Champion has paid a visit to Beatson Clark, one of Rotherham's oldest firms, as the glass manufacturer continues to invest in the borough.

The Greasborough Road firm, which has been making glass bottles and jars in Rotherham since 1751, specialises in providing glass packaging solutions for niche brands in the food, drink and pharmaceutical markets worldwide and manufacture glass containers for a wide range of household brands, including Crabbie's, Bell's Buttercup, Lyle's Golden Syrup and Lemsip.

Taking a tour, the MP saw the company's recent investments in state-of-the-art glass manufacturing equipment, which include a completely new white flint furnace, new automatic inspection equipment, a new multi-inspection machine, metal detectors and an updated computer-aided design (CAD) system, which totalled £12m.

The white flint furnace has a daily capacity of approximately 200 tonnes of glass. The site's production capacity is around 496 million units or 88,000 tonnes.

This September, Beatson Clark will be investing further in a rebuild of its amber furnace and installation of a new bottle making machine.

The company secured a grant of £1.7m from the government's Regional Growth Fund in 2011 which will contribute to the upcoming investment. Part of the Newship Group of private companies, the firm employs over 300 staff and enjoys a turnover of around £44m.

Hosted by Lynn Sidebottom, sales and marketing director at Beatson Clark, and quality director, Eddie Pickering, Sarah said that the visit was "fascinating."

Beatson Clark website

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