Ciner Glass Board Member Didem Ciner met with Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford to discuss a glass packaging factory to be established in Ebbw Vale, Wales, UK.

The proposed £350 million glass manufacturing factory planned by Ciner Glass will create approximately 600 new jobs.

Ciner Glass UK executives held meetings with Welsh Regional Government First Minister Mark Drakeford, the Mayor of Blaenau Gwent and members of the local community.

Didem Ciner outlined the economic and environmental benefits of the project, which will be implemented on a 21.5-hectare vacant lot in the Rassau Industrial Zone, north of Ebbw Vale, to First Minister Mark Drakeford.

Didem Ciner said: “Ciner Glass is making a huge investment that will benefit Wales for generations. We are a family business that believes in the importance of investing in the local community and providing training and development opportunities.”

“I am proud of both our track record in innovation and our commitment to sustainability. We produce the world's lightest beer bottles that reduce costs and environmental impact.”

Deposit Return System

Didem Ciner and First Minister Drakeford also talked about how the project could contribute to the circular economy in Wales as part of the Welsh Government's goal of a green economic recovery following the coronavirus pandemic.

Ciner said it will support any decision taken by the authorities for a Deposit Return System (DRS). It wants to play an active role in cementing Wales' reputation as a world leader in recycling if glass is considered DRS.

Minister Pleased With Investment

First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “The company has ambitious plans and the Welsh Government has worked closely with them to highlight the advantages this region in Wales can provide.”

During her visit, Didem Ciner also met with the Executive Board of Blaenau Gwent District Municipality and explained the company's commitment to sustainable production.

She talked about how Ciner Glass can help support the goal of being carbon neutral by 2030.

Dai Davies, Member of Parliament and Vice-President for Regeneration and Economic Development at Blaenau Gwent, said: “We shared with our guests our vision for decarbonisation and how our long-term plans are designed to improve well-being in Blaenau Gwent.

"After working remotely for so long, it was a pleasure to meet and discuss these important issues face to face.”