Encirc welcomed Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster and the Chinese Consul General Madam Wang to its Derrylin plant in Northern Ireland.

The visit focused on the global success of the Encirc Academy, which was launched in 2014 to promote excellence in glass manufacture through process improvement, new technology and improved operating practices.

Madam Wang was keen to understand the process behind the technical support offered by the academy.

First Minister Arlene Foster said: "Not only is Encirc a major employer in the Fermanagh area, but the company is operating on the world stage, driving the highest levels of operational excellence. It has consistently invested in skills and wider capability development to capitalise on sales outside Northern Ireland."

During the visit the First Minister Arlene Foster and Madam Wang discussed potential opportunities within the Chinese market and heard the company's plans for sustainability- focused investments over the coming years.

Encirc MD, Adrian Curry said: "At Encirc, we're constantly looking for ways of working that can help us further improve the sustainability of both of our manufacturing sites.

"Gas to the West is a project that we are championing as it will deliver natural gas to the Derrylin plant, improving its environmental credentials and reducing cost. We are also in the planning stages for a significant investment in our furnace rebuilds at the Derrylin plant that will take place in 2019 and 2021."