O-I Glass Plans Technology & Sustainability Transformation of its Alloa, UK Plant

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  • Delivering the next step towards long-term global sustainability targets  
  • Investment of approximately $150 million in the Alloa site over the next two years 

Perrysburg, Ohio, July 02, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —  O-I Glass, Inc. (“O-I Glass” or “O-I”) plans a major transformation of its Alloa, UK manufacturing plant into an even more technologically advanced facility with an expected significant reduction in CO2 emissions.  

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Over the next two years, the company plans to invest approximately $150 million in a series of upgrades to the site. The transformation includes a rebuild of one of its existing furnaces, featuring state-of-the art technology and improved sustainability performance through several planned measures including gas-oxy combustion and increased levels of renewable energy and recycled glass. 

In addition, O-I has begun to build an all-new furnace featuring the same technological advancements. This furnace will increase long-term flexibility to serve the company’s customers, support their growth plans in the Spirits segment, and strengthen their own sustainability efforts.  

These investments are consistent with O-I’s recently updated sustainability roadmap, which is aligned with the company’s previously announced capital spending plan, as well as with expected market demand. The company expects both furnaces to come online in 2025 when these measures will gradually and significantly reduce the plant’s emissions and provide another building block of the company’s strategy to reduce CO2 emissions 25% by 2030.  

“Our vision is to be the most innovative, sustainable, and chosen supplier of brand-building packaging solutions. We create sustainable, innovative, brand-building glass packaging for brands around the world,” said Randy Burns, Chief Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Officer for O-I Glass. “The Alloa plant transformation marks the next step in delivering our overall sustainability strategy.” 

To fuel the gas-oxy furnaces, O-I is partnering with a supplier to establish an oxygen farm adjacent to the Alloa plant. Bringing more new investment into the area, this state-of-the art facility will separate air into oxygen, nitrogen and argon, and is set to also serve the needs of hospitals and other local manufacturing companies.  

These initiatives establish an infrastructure that prepares a base for continued transformation of the Alloa site with a long-term horizon towards the end of the decade. 

“With glass production starting in the year 1750, the Alloa plant has the longest heritage of all O-I sites,” said Jim Rankine, O-I’s UK Managing Director. “We are proud that Alloa is also a prime example of transforming heritage into a state-of-the-art facility in the 21st century, and we are looking forward to continue serving our customers with sustainable glass.” 

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About O-I Glass 

At O-I Glass, Inc. (NYSE: OI), we love glass and we’re proud to be one of the leading producers of glass bottles and jars around the globe. Glass is not only beautiful, it’s also pure and completely recyclable, making it the most sustainable rigid packaging material. Headquartered in Perrysburg, Ohio (USA), O-I is the preferred partner for many of the world’s leading food and beverage brands. We innovate in line with customers’ needs to create iconic packaging that builds brands around the world. Led by our diverse team of more than 24,000 people across 69 plants in 19 countries, O-I achieved net sales of $6.9 billion in 2022. Learn more about us: o-i.com /Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn

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