Ardagh’s Glass packaging shipments increased by 2%, thanks to growth in North America.

In its first quarter 2021 financial note the container glass packager reported shipments in Europe were in line with the prior year, despite continuing lockdowns in many countries.

However, glass packaging adjusted EBITDA decreased by 8%, due to a lower outturn in Glass Packaging North American glass packaging, which was impacted by severe weather and higher operating costs, principally due to freight and the severe weather.

Glass Packaging Europe adjusted EBITDA increased by 9%.

Revenue for its glass group in the first quarter 2021 was $835 million compared to $793 million during the same period the year before.