Container glass manufacturer Stoelzle Masnières Parumerie has resumed production at its plant in northern France.

The high-end perfume and cosmetics bottle specialist resumed production of two lines at its site in the Hauts de France region.

It ceased activities on March 17 after a drastic halt in demand.

Tragically, the company also had to endure the loss of one of its employees, which CEO Etienne Gruyez (pictured) said was ‘a trauma for all of us’.

He said: “Today, the conditions are in place for a safe and gradual resumption of activity with the implementation of barrier gestures specific to our business.”

He said two key words at that had enabled the company to develop since its takeover by the Austrian Stoelzle Glass Group in 2013 were agility and flexibility.

Mr Gruyez said: “As we emerge from the crisis in 2020, more than ever, we are going to hold this course to continue to develop and perpetuate our activities.”

The company will restart half of its production capacity, which will mean part of its staff will remain on short-time work.

Fifth furnace

It has postponed renovation work on a fifth furnace planned for this summer, which would have increased capacity by 30%. A new date will be set when the future is clearer.

Mr Gruyez said: “The Stoelzle Masnières employees have mobilised and have been present so that our beautiful company can move forward.”

He thanked the regional government and the Ministry of the Economy and Finance who helped it obtain a state-guaranteed loan during the period.