O-I has informed its employees and employee representatives in Harlow about its intention to invest €30 million in Harlow to focus the plant on the important UK beer market.

The company proposal is to build a new furnace with latest technology in Harlow, replacing the plant's two existing furnaces which are reaching their end of life.

In addition, O-I intents to install cutting-edge quality equipment as part of the planned investment.

Up to 47 employees would be affected by the planned changes at Harlow. O-I is in consultation with employee representatives and will collaborate closely to minimise the impact on employees, including job relocation to other O-I facilities and outplacement service support.

On completion of the investment, the plant will continue to employ around 120 employees.