O-I is to invest €64 million in the modernisation of its Vayres and Puy-Guilaume, France glass packaging facilities.

The Puy-Guillaume plant will increase its production capacity to 415 tons per day, its efficiency and its energy efficiency.

The project includes the complete renewal of one of the two furnaces and the complete overhaul of one of the attached production lines with new industrial equipment.

This line will be more efficient, less energy consuming and more flexible.

The entire project is expected to be completed by mid-2022, and will strengthen O-I's position in the French food market.

Robert Gachot, O-I's Director for the South West Europe zone, said the Vayres site will be equipped with new Gas Oxy Advanced Technology (GOAT), which uses oxygen to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% and NOX emissions by 60%.

The GOAT furnace will also be equipped with a system to recover energy from the flue gases to heat the raw materials.

An oxygen production unit will also be built on the site to ensure supply.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2022, and will strengthen O-I's position in the French coloured glass market.

Mr Gachot said: "By investing massively in new, more modern, more efficient and less carbon-intensive production units, we are continuing to keep the glassmaking profession alive by equipping it with the most advanced technologies."

He added: "These major investments reflect the importance of and confidence in our facilities in France, our employees, our customers and our institutional partners. Our glassworks are part of the local landscape and heritage."

"In 2022, the Puy-Guillaume site will celebrate its 120th anniversary."