Glass packaging manufacturer Verallia has confirmed the start-up of an all-electric furnace at its Cognac manufacturing facility.

The €57 million furnace, fuelled 100% by electricity, has a capacity of 180 tons per day, and is a first in the glass packaging industry, the French-headquartered glass producer said.

It will produce flint glass bottles for Cognac consumers with first deliveries expected by the end of Q2 2024.

Thanks to a 60% reduction in CO2 emissions, this furnace will contribute to the industrial decarbonisation of Verallia France, the company said in its latest financial note.

The furnace is expected to be officially inaugurated by the end of the year.

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