Thursday, July 10, 2014

News: Top investment from Beatson Clark

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Leading glass manufacturer Beatson Clark can now supply pharmaceutical bottles pre-capped thanks to an £80,000 investment at its Rotherham site.

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.

Beatson Clark is the UK's largest glass manufacturer of pharmaceutical packaging and holds a large range of shapes and sizes.

A new Groninger six-head capping machine applies a 28mm Mediloc cap to glass bottles and can process up to 180 containers per minute. It will allow Beatson Clark to fulfil a contract with a major high street chemist.

Lynn Sidebottom, marketing director at Beatson Clark, said: "Safety is a paramount concern for pharmacists and it's essential that the correct cap is applied to the bottle.

"Certain pharmaceutical products need to be child-safe and ensuring the correct cap is used also reduces the risk of contamination during storage."

The company has made a number of 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.

The capping machine is part of a further £10m investment planned over the next two years, which includes a new production machine and a completely new amber furnace to be installed in September 2014.

Beatson Clark website

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