Ardagh reported a glass packaging shipment increase of 7% in its latest financial note.

The global glass manufacturer said the increase was led by a 10% growth in Europe, which was reflected by a 36% increase in the EBITA of its European glass packaging division.

It said the strong growth was attributable to increased year-on-year shipments in Europe, a positive contribution from its investments and lower levels of Covid-19 related costs.

Total revenues from its Glass Packaging division increased by 8% at constant exchange rates and by 14% on a reported basis compared with the same period last year.

In North American glass, revenue of $445 million increased by 9% compared with the same period last year.

Shipments were 3% ahead of the prior year, with growth led by beer, spirits and other beverages, more than offsetting some moderation in food demand.

The group has invested approximately £27 million so far this year in its glass packaging facilities.