UK glass manufacturer Encirc has entered into a strategic digitalisation partnership with Siemens.

The two companies said the agreement represents the start of a technology partnership agreement between the two companies, designed to spearhead the deployment of digital technologies and services across Encirc’s operations.

The company plans to invest in furnace rebuilds over the next five years at both its sites. The technology deal comes into effect immediately and will be based on three themes:

* A commitment from Siemens’ Digital Factory and Process businesses to supply innovation and new product across Encirc’s sites

* An energy partnership designed to reduce emissions

* Siemens’ commitment to deliver a wholesale digital transformation project.

Adrian Curry, Managing Director of Encirc, said: “We are looking forward to developing this strategic partnership with Siemens, which will enhance our reputation as leaders in technology, innovation and sustainable manufacturing. It represents Encirc entering a new phase in terms of digitalisation and future technologies.

"Further reducing our energy use and emissions will also build on our commitment to provide customers with the most environmentally friendly route to market possible.”

Siemens UK and Ireland CEO, Juergen Maier, added: “This is a landmark technology partnership which is about two central challenges – industrial digitalisation and reducing carbon emissions.

"We’re delighted to be partnering with Encirc who understand this deal is a platform to showcase industrial digitalisation in the UK glass sector.”

Encirc, part of the Vidrala group since 2015, has two sites; one in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland and one in Chester, England. With over 33% market share, the company manufactures container glass for the food and beverage industry.

With its contract bottling facility, 52,000m2 automated bonded warehouse and a logistics offering, Encirc supports its customers with sustainable beverage supply chain options.

Pictured: L-R: Steve Martin, Head of Siemens Glass; Fiacre O Donnell, ‎Head of Strategic Development at Encirc; Adrian Curry, Managing Director, Encirc; Juergen Maier, Siemens UK CEO and Mike Houghton, Managing Director, Siemens Process Industries.