Tuesday, October 21, 2014

News: High-profile appointment to drive Beatson Clark growth

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Leading glass manufacturer, Beatson Clark, is looking to secure further business as the investment continues 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.

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.

A further £10m investment planned over the next two years, which includes a new production machine and a completely new amber furnace which is currently being installed.

Glass industry professional Chris Palmer has joined the historic firm as a new business development manager, concentrating on new business in the north of the UK.

Chris, who has worked in UK glass manufacturing for 17 years in both production and account management roles, more recently in the premium spirits sector, said: "I'm passionate about the glass industry and I'm really looking forward to developing long-term relationships with both new and existing customers.

"Glass is what I enjoy and what I know – I love the process, the material and the products you can create out of glass. It's 100% recyclable and it’s really got that premium feel."

One target sector for Chris is craft breweries, which is a growth market for Beatson Clark at present. Smaller, niche breweries benefit from the flexibility of Beatson Clark to produce a container that will stand out on the shelf or behind a bar.

Chris added: "Real ale and craft beer is a booming industry and these niche breweries are looking for premium glass packaging at low volumes that can help their products stand out from their competitors.

"With our in-house design team and our state-of-the-art embossing techniques this is an area where we can really add value. In addition, our decoration options such as screen printing give a superior finish.

"I'm becoming heavily involved in the brewing industry and I attend a lot of SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) and CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) events too.

"And when our new amber furnace comes on line in November this year we will have additional capacity on the beer and beverage side to help us meet demand in this growing sector."

Beatson Clark website

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