Container glass manufacturer Vidrala has been awarded in the category ‘Growth in the UK’ at the Trade and Investment Awards, organised by the British Embassy’s Department of International Trade in Spain.
The award recognised Vidrala’s investment efforts in the UK since the acquisition of Encirc in 2015.
Since then, the company has provided over £150 million worth of investment for projects in the UK.
One of its most ambitious initiatives is a programme launched to rebuild furnaces and equip production lines with cutting-edge technology.
The programme has also seen the development of the biggest glass container furnace in the world in Elton, Cheshire.
The investment also meant, Vidrala and Encirc were able to complete a revolutionary trial in their Derrylin Furnace in Northern Ireland, proving that new bottles can be made from 100% recycled glass, using just the energy from burning ultra-low-carbon biofuels.
As a result, they successfully created what is known as the most sustainable glass bottles in the world.
The UK is a seen as a key market for Vidrala. The acquisition of Encirc, with around 1,500 employees, represented one of Vidrala’s biggest investments in recent years, significantly expanding its business.
Aside from producing glass containers, Encirc also offers logistic solutions, filling activities and distribution services as part of its unique 360 offering.
The company supports customers in new world wine-producing regions, with bulk shipping methods, helping customers reduce supply chain customer and reduce their environmental impact.
Carlos Delclaux, President of Vidrala said: “I’m thrilled to receive this award and would like to give special thanks to the great work carried out by Encirc in the UK, which really adds value to the Vidrala Group.
“Due to its great potential, the UK is one our most relevant markets. Even during the tough times of Brexit and COVID-19, it has shown great strength and growth potential. We are very honoured by this award which recognises our efforts, as well as our faith in the UK.”