O-I hosts event to highlight and celebrate the company’s €30m investment in the Scottish plant.

The investment will enable the plant to better serve the Scotch whisky industry and other drinks businesses.

The investment includes a £3.9 million Regional Selective Assistance grant from Scottish Enterprise.

During an event attended by O-I Chairman and CEO Al Stroucken, customers, employees and government officials, the company highlighted how the Alloa plant is uniquely positioned in the heart of Scotland's distilled spirits industry.

The investment builds on a heritage of 260 years of glassmaking on this site and on the skills of the company's 600-strong expert workforce.

"We have upgraded Alloa's design, new product development, glass colour and decoration facilities," said Erik Bouts, president of O-I Europe. "We would like to thank Scottish Enterprise for its support in strengthening our ability to serve the developing needs of the spirits industry in Scotland."

The investment in Alloa is part of the company's asset optimisation programme. O-I is investing significantly in Europe to strengthen its capabilities, and by the end of 2014 it will have invested more than €280m over two years.

O-I's European operations include 8,000 employees in 10 countries, and O-I Europe had nearly €2.1bn worth of sales in 2013, representing approximately 40% of the company's global sales.