Leading UK glass manufacturer Beatson Clark has made two key appointments to its South Yorkshire-based production team.

Eddie Pickering has joined the company as Quality Director, while Robert Ledgard has been recruited to join the design team.

With over 15 years of experience in quality and environmental management in the glass packaging industry, Eddie joins Beatson from Stolzle Glass Group where he was the Head of Cold End & Quality Control.

Robert Ledgard has worked in product and mould design for the last 11 years, and his experience has included working on embossing projects in glass for some well-known spirit brands.

Over the past year Beatson Clark has spent £10 million on installing new equipment including vision-based apparatus and automatic inspection machines.

Its design department is now using a new central system called Vault provided by 3D design software specialists Autodesk.

Vault operates as a customer relationship management (CRM) tool for the design sector, providing us with a more efficient centralised system accessible by the factory, mould shop, sales team and design department.

Vault will give each department complete visibility to every project through the entire new product development process, from initial enquiry right up to production.