Glass firm invests in greener technology

Investment: Beatson Clark's furnace manager Dean Duke.
Investment: Beatson Clark's furnace manager Dean Duke.
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Glass manufacturer Beatson Clark has invested £5.4 million to rebuild and upgrade the white flint furnace at its Rotherham plant.

The furnace can produce around 200 tonnes of molten glass a day and improved design will cut carbon dioxide to meet new government targets while also reducing gases that cause acid rain by 20 per cent.

Improvements will also increase the efficiency of the burners and the amount of heat that can be recycled.

The furnace rebuild is part of a £10 million investment which Beatson Clark has made in plant and equipment at its Rotherham base this year.

Around 80 contractors were involved in the rebuild and maintenance project, including Sheffield-based Tecoglas who designed the furnace, Chapman Brack, who carried out the rebuild and Batts Engineering of Rotherham who fabricated and installed structural furnace steelwork.

Beatson Clark’s furnace manager, Dean Duke, said: “Our staff have worked closely with the contractors to ensure a smooth installation.

“The new furnace and the major maintenance work that has been undertaken will enable us to continue to produce quality glass for our customers for years to come.”

Beatson Clark has a turnover of £44 million and specialises in producing glass packaging for niche brands in the food, drink and pharmaceutical markets worldwide.

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