Encirc Managing Director Adrian Curry will step down from his role after 19 years.

Current Finance Director, Sean Murphy will assume the role of Managing Director, on an interim basis, until a successor is appointed.

Mr Murphy has been with the UK glassmaker for 19 years, having previously worked with Coca Cola.

Mr Curry said: “I have decided to resign from my position as Managing Director of Encirc. After 27 years with the business and 19 years as MD I have been so privileged to have worked with such truly genuine, honest, and talented people.

“We have shared many challenges along the way but most importantly, many more successes. Today the business is leading in all areas, has a clear strategy for the future and is very well invested.

“I am delighted to hand over to Sean Murphy, our current Finance Director, who has worked with me since I became MD and is certainly the right person to lead the business through the next chapter.”

Mr Curry will step down from his role on December 31 and will remain in an advisory capacity for the first quarter of 2024 (until March 31).

He continued: “I wish everyone in Vidrala well for the future and I will certainly miss the Encirc people. Our purpose ‘Great People, Great Place and Great Future’ remains something I believe in, and I know Sean and the wider business in Vidrala will be resolute in its pursuit of this.”

Mr Curry has been with Encirc from the very beginning. The business was formed by Sean Quinn in Derrylin as Quinn Glass, beginning production in 1998. Mr Curry was appointed Managing Director in 2004 and has led the growth of the company ever since.

Under his leadership, Encirc has grown considerably, now encompassing four sites in Derrylin, Northern Ireland; Elton, Cheshire and Bristol, England and Corsico, Italy.

Encirc currently employs over 2,200 people, manufactures 4 billion glass containers and fills 90 million cases of wine every year.