Global glass container manufacturer O-I is to invest €30 million in its Alcalá de Guadaíra, Seville, Spain facility.

The world's largest glass packager said the investment would allow the Sevillian plant to continue its activity for a further 20 years, with the consequent maintenance of 175 direct jobs, plus another 100 indirect ones, which its activity originates.

The commitment to the plant is part of O-I Glass's long-term commitment to Andalusia and the Spanish market, where it has a turnover of 115 million euros.

The renovation will include a furnace rebuild, which will optimise energy efficiency and reduce its environmental footprint.

The modernisation also involves the replacement of two lines. This will increase production capacity by up to 10% as well as provide greater flexibility to market demand, which will result in new business opportunities.

The renovation is scheduled to be completed in July. During the approximate two months that the reconstruction will last, around 350 external professionals will work on it.

Ingrid Ferré, Commercial Director of OI Glass for Spain and Portugal, said: “In an economic context of uncertainty, with this investment in the Seville plant we want to highlight our long-term commitment to Andalusia and the opportunities business that opens for the future.

"Furthermore, for O-I Glass proximity is important and in this way we enhance our support to the industry in the region ”.

More than 50 years of presence in Seville

O-I Glass has always supported Andalusian industry, which accounts for approximately 12% of the region's GDP. The Seville facilities provide services to leaders in the food sector, and especially those related to olives.

Around 1960, olives began to be packed in glass jars, a process promoted by the American market, which was among the first to identify the advantages of this type of container for a typical product of the Mediterranean diet.

Faced with this demand, in 1967 O-I Glass and Giralt Laporta began to build the Alcalá de Guadaíra plant, with a project of two machines precisely for olives jars.

The activity grew and diversified into models and clients, who have always collaborated in innovation and the development of new patterns.

Large locally-based companies such as Grupo Ángel Camacho Alimentación were involved with the plant from the beginning. As a result of this collaboration, in 1987, a new furnace was built and prototypes developed.

In 1989, the BSN group acquired the facilities in Seville. Since 2004 they have been 100% owned by O-I Glass.