Monday, July 15, 2013

News: Beatson Clark's £12m investment in Rotherham


Rotherham glass manufacturer, Beatson Clark, has outlined further details of its plans for recently secured government funding.

Beatson Clark 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.

Up to £1.7m from the Regional Growth Fund (RGF) will be used to install a larger and more efficient bottle forming machine and a bulk palletiser for packing glass products at its Greasborough Road plant.

This is just part of a planned £12m investment, which will include a larger capacity furnace, that is expected to be complete by March 2015.

The RGF is the government's main source of funding for economic development and regeneration. The £506m fourth round, said to have been the most competitive round so far, has provided funding to 102 companies and projects across the UK. The cash is expected to leverage £2.8bn of additional private sector investment and create or safeguard 77,000 jobs.

Lynn Sidebottom, sales and marketing director at Beatson Clark, said: "This funding is fantastic news for Beatson Clark and for the local economy as it will enable us to strengthen the service we provide to the pharmaceutical sector.

"It will facilitate an expansion of our activities in the growing brewery sector and help to secure jobs for the future."

The firm recently completed £10m of investments in Rotherham, where it employs over 300 people. This including a new white flint furnace that has a daily capacity of approximately 200 tonnes of glass. The site's production capacity is around 496 million units or 88,000 tonnes.

Beatson Clark website

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