Royal seal of approval for £10m glass plant

Visit: Beatson Clark cold end manager Simon Hayward, left, and MD Tony McLoughlin show The Duke of Gloucester around the company's plant.
Visit: Beatson Clark cold end manager Simon Hayward, left, and MD Tony McLoughlin show The Duke of Gloucester around the company's plant.
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Glass manufacturer Beatson Clark’s £10 million investment in its Rotherham plant got the royal seal of approval when the Queen’s cousin, the Duke of Gloucester, visited the factory.

The Duke of Gloucester saw the company’s new white flint furnace, which produces clear glass and other developments at the Greasb rough Road factory.

The company, which celebrated its 260th anniversary last year, has installed new automatic inspection and dot coding equipment to improve further on quality and traceability and upgrading metal detectors on its production lines so that they can isolate affected products from waste products that go for recycling.

In addition to improving the production process, Beatson Clark has invested in new computer aided design (CAD) technology, incorporating the latest 3D visualisation software, which will enable customers to see 3D images of new products, while they are being designed.

The firm says the 3D visualisations can be turned 360° on the screen, showing customers the size, shape, colour and embossing details, rather than using an outline drawing that takes time to amend and makes it difficult for customers to properly visualise the finished article.

Beatson Clark specialises in making glass containers for niche brands in worldwide food, drink and pharmaceutical markets.

Customers include household brands such as Crabbie’s, Bell’s Buttercup, Lyle’s Golden Syrup and Lemsip.