Glass manufacturer Verallia to invest €26m In Spain and PortugalStaff writer ▼ | May 28, 2016
Jean-Pierre Floris, Verallia’s chairman and CEO, inaugurated on March 24, 2016 the new installations of VOA – Verrerie d’Albi.
Glass manufacturing Very high quality extra-flint and flint glass
VOA’s furnace n°1 dedicated to very high quality extra-flint and flint glass production has been completely rebuilt, together with all its three production lines.
Verallia has accordingly given itself the means to strengthen its positioning on the small and medium-run high-end markets. These new installations will also enable VOA to extend its partnerships with many customers who have, over the years, expressed a real preference for extra-flint glass, like Bacardi and the Perrin family, event sponsors for the furnace n°1 inauguration.
With this new equipment, VOA can count on extremely flexible manufacturing assets to ensure the continuous production of a wide range of bottles. Celebrating in 2016 its 120th anniversary, VOA employs over 300 people, makes 800,000 bottles a day, and produces over 350 different models a year.
This modernization also enhances safety and work station ergonomics, two priorities for Verallia. The plant’s employees have received up to 3,000 hours of training on this new equipment.
Considerable progress has also been made in the area of environmental protection: through better combustion and the use of special refractories, furnace n°1 consumes less energy and its emissions are limited. ■