Vetropack's Ukrainian container glassworks has been severely damaged by military activity.

The container glass manufacturer had begun shutting down production at the Gostomel facility in Kyiv for security reasons on 24 February 2022.

All employees are suspended temporarily from their duties on full pay and no staff were injured.

Johann Reiter, CEO of Vetropack Holding, said: “We are glad that we chose to suspend production in time. By doing this, we have been able to prevent there from being any victims among our colleagues as a result of these events."

The precise extent of the damage to the glass works in Gostomel is not yet known.

A video of the damage at the Vetropack site can be seen below.

“The situation on site is difficult and also dangerous due to the potential of further military activity,” said Mr Reiter.

“It may therefore take a long time until we get a clearer picture of the situation at the site. It is already certain that parts of the production were severely damaged. Restarting production will not be possible in the near term.”

In Ukraine, Vetropack produces a variety of glass packaging with three furnaces and eight production lines.

The Gostomel site is one of Vetropack Group's nine European production sites. Glass has been manufactured there since 1912.