O-I launches third Gironcourt furnace in €60 million investment

Gironcourt-sur-Vraine , 27 August, 2020

O-I inaugurated the third furnace at its Gironcourt-sur-Vraine plant in France.  This 60 MEur investment significantly increases the industrial capacity of the plant, which now counts three furnaces and can produce approximately 1.9 billion glass containers per year.  As part of the investment, a number of jobs were created: 60 new employees have been trained by O-I glass master makers for the past six months.

“It’s a great source of pride to see the first flames light up this furnace. Completing the furnace construction against the backdrop of Covid-19 was truly challenging, and the team has done an outstanding job, ,” says Robert Gachot, Managing Director South-West Europe. “We are deeply committed to the region, our employees, customers and consumers of sustainable and recyclable packaging, thanks to the engagement and resilience of our teams.”

This increase in capacity is of particular benefit to the premium beer market, while at the same time strengthening the region’s circular economy and reducing the impact of CO2 and other emissions. Raw materials are sourced locally, including 88% glass cullet which is recycled 4km away from the factory. Once produced, 75% of the bottles are delivered to customers by rail.

“We are deeply committed to the region, our employees, customers and consumers of sustainable and recyclable packaging, thanks to the engagement and resilience of our teams.”,concludes Robert Gachot.