Glass production may be suspended at Vetropack’s manufacturing plant in Moldova as a result of the Ukraine conflict.

The container glass manufacturer said its site in Chișinău, Moldova may suspend production if military action takes place in the vicinity of the site.

Moldova borders Ukraine to the north, east and south, with Romania to the west.

Russian armed forces have been stationed in the region of Transnistria, which lies entirely within Moldovan borders, since the Transnistria conflict 30 years ago.

Vetropack CEO Johann Reiter, said: "We are keeping a very close watch on current developments in the region and for several weeks already, we have been preparing ourselves for various scenarios.

"Even though we see no need to take action at the present moment, we can respond to ongoing developments at any time if they adversely impact the structured and safe operation of our glassworks.

“In the worst-case scenario, this might also mean that we would need to suspend our production temporarily."

An appropriate contingency plan has been developed; the plan can be put into effect in case of an actual emergency, and it includes providing information to employees, customers and business partners.

Vetropack Chișinău has about 500 employees who produce glass packaging for the food and beverage industry.

Two furnaces with a total of six production lines have been commissioned at the Chișinău site to date.

Production capacity in 2021 was about 112,000 tonnes of glass.