French perfumery and cosmetic glass manufacturer Verescence has unveiled its largest glass melting furnace at its flagship plant.
It spent €30 million to renovate its Mers-Les-Bains site in the Somme region of France, of which €11 million was spent for the reconstruction of the furnace.
The investment was part of its Excellence 2018 plan and more specifically the Mers 2018 plan.
The new furnace has a reduced energy consumption of 15% and a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions.
The furnace is the group’s largest with an output capacity of 700,000 bottles per day.
The furnace is dedicated to bottles made with Xtra Flint glass, a glass of an outstanding quality and appreciated by high-end perfumery players for its brightness and transparency.
The rebuilding of the furnace was also an opportunity to renovate the entire manufacturing area through various improvements both in terms of work efficiency and working conditions.
The modernisation process was designed with the aim to improve the plant’s amenities (social areas, offices), some of which are still ongoing and offering more modern and comfortable work and rest areas for the employees.
Verescence is the only glassmaker to have been certified in all its European plants according to the Best Manufacturing Practices in the cosmetic industry.