​O-I, Ardagh and other members of British Glass were honoured at the recent UK Packaging Awards.

Several container glassmaking companies were commended for their innovation, quality and elegance – and for their ability to showcase a UK manufacturing industry creative flair.

All the British Glass members who entered were shortlisted for awards, resulting in winners and commendations. As in previous years, British Glass sponsored two awards – for everyday and premium glass packs.

But it wasn’t just the glass-specific categories where its members were recognised.

O-I’s £25million investment in its plant at Alloa has added value to Scotland’s spirit industry – bringing flexible manufacturing that will help Scottish brands in Scottish bottles compete in shifting global markets.

The investment’s support of 600 direct, and 500 indirect jobs underlines the enduring role of modern glassmaking to the UK economy.

“We have upgraded Alloa’s design, new product development, glass colour and decoration facilities,” said Vitaliano Torno, O-I Europe’s Managing Director.

“We would like to thank Scottish Enterprise for its support in strengthening our ability to serve the developing needs of the spirits industry in Scotland.”

“The awards are an insight into what’s happening right across the world of packaging, they stimulate creativity and that’s great for innovation.

“We’re proud to sponsor the event and see all the UK glass manufacturers here, showcasing a great new products from our sector,” said Rebecca Cocking, Head of Container Affairs at British Glass.

Winning companies

Glass pack of the year – Everyday

Winner – Ardagh for Harrogate Spring Water

Judges commented on the diamond facets give a sparkle that’s sure to attract and engage the end consumer and make this bottle everyday bottle feel special.

Highly commended – Allied Glass Containers for Glen’s Vodka

Based on customer research, this contemporary, embossed update of the Glen’s Red bottle gives it an eye-catching, quality feel that will make it welcome at even the most stylish parties.

Glass pack of the year – Premium

Winner – Stölzle Glass Group for Macallan Reflexion

The perfume bottle’s extraordinary faceted, slender body, conical shape and small base doesn’t just give it shelf-appeal. Its design and production show skill and expertise in making it stable and in applying the double-flux gold – a technique which gives it an embossed look.

Highly commended – Ardagh for Bombay Sapphire’s Star of Bombay

Ardagh’s perfect execution of this bottle’s concentric facets gives an air of depth and complexity to this premium gin. Taller, slimmer and with a subtle taper it’s sure to stand out on the shelf.

Limited edition of the year

Highly commended - Stölzle Glass Group for Acqua di Giò Blue

A new inkjet decoration technique from Stölzle has helped Armani use photo-realistic images to create a stunning 3-D effect.

Investment project of the year

Highly commended – O-I for Alloa plant investment

The £25million upgrade is now complete – and customers are enjoying the benefits. Its flexible manufacturing will help Scottish brands stand out in a competitive global market – and represents O-I’s commitment to Scotland.