A glass manufacturer is investing more than £650,000 in refurbishing two furnaces.
Encirc Glass said the work at the Derrylin plant in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, which has already started, is necessary to meet increased customer demand.
Initial works have focused on fitting insulation materials around the batch material in-feeds and burner blocks to improve energy efficiency, further cutting the plant’s overall carbon footprint.
Operations director Robert Rose said the company had enjoyed “robust growth” in the past few years, with a marked increase in demand for glass packaging and a focus on environmental stewardship.
“As a result, it is more important than ever to ensure our facilities are in the best possible condition,” he said. “This investment has allowed us to maximise the efficiency of the furnaces, reducing energy requirements and ensuring that sustainability targets are met.”
Rose added that furnace rebuilds were planned in the coming years.
With almost 1,200 employees, the company also operates a site in Elton, Cheshire.