Erik Bouts, President of O-I Europe, has been elected President of FEVE, the European Container Glass federation.

Collectively, the European container glass manufacturing industry is the largest glass producer in the world, with more than 160 plants operating across Europe. It is also an important sector of the EU economy, creating jobs and wealth in local regions.

“I look forward to working closely with FEVE members, staff, and the national associations to further develop the circular economy model which highly contributes to the competitiveness of the EU manufacturing sector. Glass is a material that has unique properties: We need to play our winning cards and continue to be the reference packaging material,” said Mr. Bouts.

Mr. Bouts succeeds Stefan Jaenecke, CEO of Verallia Deutschland, who led the association for the previous two years.

The container glass industry employs some 50,000 people in Europe, and FEVE members have plants in 23 European Member States.

Container glass is one of Europe’s best recycled products, with the average glass recycling rate in 2012 standing at 71%.