The British production site of the Stölzle Glass Group invited its customers and partners to celebrate the recent rebuild of its white flint furnace and extensive revamp of the whole plant.

A prestigious evening also took place in Leeds at The Oulton Hall Hotel, where guests enjoyed whiskey tasting event.

“Stölzle Flaconnage will be our new centre of excellence with regards to the development, production and decoration of Premium Prestige Bottles.

“The recent €17 million investment proves that we trust in our British plant, even in these difficult economic times of Brexit.

“The UK, and primarily Scotland, is definitely the cradle of Whisky.

“Stölzle relies on its long-term expertise, acquired throughout years of fruitful cooperation with renowned Luxury spirits brand and continues to offer design, development and state-of-the-art production directly in the UK,” explains Johannes Schick, CEO of the Stölzle Glass Group.

The factory revamp includes a brand new state-of-the-art furnace, IS machines, and decoration facilities.

The focus will be on tallware, gift products and feeder colouration, all made of flint glass with a fire polishing option on all production lines.

Most important to Stölzle is flexibility - being able to manufacture small batches which are very often requested for limited editions of luxury brands.

In 2016, further investments were made in modern Cold End inspection facilities and decoration technology, implementing a high speed spraying line and a new automated printing machine and accessory application.

Substantial improvements in the plants media supply (water, energy, compressed air) have been realised in order to ensure energy efficiency and an environmentally friendly operation.

Caption: From left to right: J. Schick (CEO Stölzle), Mayor Harry Ellis, Tony Robinson (Bishop of Wakefield), Angus Duncan (Diageo), Mayoress Janet Ellis, Jackie Black (Chivas Brothers), Thomas RIss (Stölzle), David Moore (Avon)