Verallia is investing €30 million on modernising its Azuqueca plant in Spain, to improve its standards of innovation and sustainable development.

A new furnace and facilities were installed at the plant, with the furnace being one of the world’s largest glass furnaces.

The new equipment was inaugurated in the presence of Verallia’s main customers, suppliers and local authorities at a ceremony led by Jean-Pierre Floris, President and CEO of Verallia (pictured).

This latest-generation furnace is the upgraded plant’s flagship innovation.

It is the largest the company has ever installed anywhere in the world.

It is also more sustainable, as it emits less C02 per metric tonne of glass produced.

With this new furnace, Verallia Azuqueca can produce two million containers a day (more than 500 jars a minute).

During the event, Jean-Pierre Floris pointed out that “Verallia is continuing to invest with the longer-term future in mind while aiming to continuously improve quality, flexibility and productivity.”

The Azuqueca renovation is proof of Verallia’s commitment to sustainable development, to reducing its consumption of virgin raw materials and to optimising its capacity for including recycled glass in its production processes.

It has also introduced a whole range of food safety improvements and workplace safety conditions for its employees with new ergonomic workstations that incorporate noise and heat protection and improved lighting.

Azuqueca is Verallia’s oldest plant in Spain and it specialises in the manufacture of food jars, with differentiating features according to clients’ demands so that their products stand out on the shelf.