Thursday, November 20, 2014

News: Beatson Clark fires up new furnace

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Leading glass manufacturer, Beatson Clark, has begun production via its new £6.5m amber glass furnace 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 new furnace has a larger melting area, improving Beatson Clark's capacity to supply the growing market for craft beer bottles both in the UK and overseas. The melting area in the furnace has been increased by more than 6 sq m and can produce around 200 tonnes of glass per day.

Glass furnaces need to be completely rebuilt every ten years and this latest project is just part of a major £10m investment which Beatson Clark has made in plant and equipment.

Charlotte Taylor, marketing manager at Beatson Clark, said: "We are selling a lot of amber glass at the moment and our new larger capacity furnace will help us to supply the small brewery market even more effectively.

"We've installed stirrers in the forehearths to improve the quality of the glass, and by widening them we can also get a greater pull from the furnace.

"The design has been improved too for greater efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions in line with new Government targets."

A new six-section bottle forming machine has also been installed which will offer further flexibility to supply the smaller breweries.

Around 80 contractors have been involved in the rebuild and maintenance project, including Sheffield-based Tecoglas who designed the furnace, Chapman Brack who have undertaken the rebuild with D A Cooper, and Batts Engineering of Rotherham who fabricated and installed the structural furnace steelwork.

Dean Duke, furnace manager at Beatson Clark, said: "Our staff have worked tremendously hard with all of the contractors involved in the rebuild to ensure a smooth installation.

"The new furnace and the major maintenance work that has been undertaken will enable us to continue to produce quality amber glass for our customers for years to come."

Much of the glass used on the site is recycled with the firm operating a dedicated recycling plant as Beatson Clark holds the council contract to manage the town's recycling collections. Around 4,734 tonnes of glass a year, collected from blue boxes, is melted and reused to make products for household brands including Crabbie's, Bell's Buttercup, Lyle's Golden Syrup and Lemsip.

Beatson Clark website

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