UK glass manufacturer Allied Glass has broken the £100 million sales barrier for the first time, driven by overseas demand.

The company, backed by private equity group Equistone Partners, saw turnover rise to £102 million for the financial year ending December 2012, continuing the growth seen in previous years.

Allied Glass supplies many of the world’s leading brands, including Smirnoff and Johnnie Walker-owner Diageo, William Grant & Sons and Whyte & Mackay.

The sales rise has been fuelled by demand for premium spirits in emerging markets such as China, India, Russia and South America.

Allied Glass has just completed a furnace rebuild to increase capacity, reduce operational costs and improve overall environmental performance at its Knottingley site.

To capitalise on business in overseas markets, Allied Glass has also appointed a French-speaking business development manager and a multi-lingual sales officer.