Stoelzle Flaconnage make £17million investment in Knottingley

On 4 July 2016 the year-round production at Knottingley’s Stoelzle Flaconnage plant stopped – allowing work to begin on a £17million upgrade to a 175 tonnes per day furnace.

The rebuild is expected to be complete within just 56 days – with the factory back in production on 1 September. The new furnace, which increases melting capacity by 20 tonnes per day, will feed five flint production lines – two of which will still be capable of feeder colouring.
 

Other improvements being made at the same time include two new IS machines, new cold end inspection machinery, fully automated palletising and developments in decoration capabilities to allow more colours and capabilities such as printing over corners on square-sided bottles.


The new furnace will also reduce the plant’s carbon footprint by 13% (per tonne of glass produced) thanks to the optimised engineering of its combustion chamber, gas feed, burner and regenerator set up. And the whole upgrade will see a reduction of water consumption by 50%.


Given the UK’s the economic uncertainty since choosing to leave the European Union, this Austrian company’s investment is a well-timed good news story for the glass industry, for the region’s prosperity, and of course for the plant’s 340 skilled employees.


The previous furnace has been in use for 21 years, and this rebuild is just the latest in a series of significant investments made at the factory since it became part of the Stoelzle group in 1995 – and which have seen it transformed into a state-of-the-art glass manufacturing facility.  With these latest advances Stoelzle demonstrates their commitment to seeing the Knottingley plant fulfil its potential as a centre of quality, excellence and innovation for luxury and prestige packaging.

 

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