Spanish glassmaker Vicrila is to invest €17 million in its Basque site.

The tableware manufacturer has launched its strategic plan to 2022, at the end of which it expects to increase its exports from 40% to 60%.

The investment will focus on increasing innovation to improve the design, expand its range of products and modernise the lines.

The company based in Leioa will introduce technological improvements in thermal treatments and automation, in addition to reorganising the production of its Lamiako plant.

The investments aim to increase the flexibility of its furnace lines by introducing greater automation of its machinery, including quality control by artificial vision systems, to ‘generate more added value to manufacturing processes, diversify the product offer and increase production by reducing costs and, above all, energy expenditure.’

The company is closing agreements with local partners in the UK, Ireland and Mexico and aims to become stronger in the USA.

Vicrila has successfully passed audits for companies including McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Ikea, and Unilever in recent years.