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Glass company invests in clear future

Dec 04, 2007

Quinn Glass has made a £41 million investment in upgrading two furnaces at its plant in Derrylin, Co Fermanagh, which will increase its operating efficiency and create 20 new jobs.

The investment, being supported by Invest Northern Ireland, also involves installing state-of-the-art inspection equipment which will reduce wastage and therefore increase operating efficiency.

As a result of the investment, the company will significantly increase annual capacity and its level of exports.

Leslie Morrison, Invest NI’s Chief Executive, says: “This investment is good news for Derrylin, as it secures glass production at this plant for at least 10 years. It allows Quinn Glass to take advantage of the buoyancy in the glass industry which is forecast to continue growing.”

Quinn Glass is owned by the Quinn Group and operates from two sites, one in Derrylin where it currently employs 378 staff, and the other in Cheshire, England. It is the second largest glass container manufacturer in the UK.

The company has also benefited from Invest NI’s Business Health Check, which benchmarks a business’s performance against similar businesses in the United Kingdom, Ireland and beyond. This has allowed Quinn Glass to identify its strengths, and weaknesses and set strategic priorities.

“We will continue to work closely with Quinn Glass to help it implement a process of continuous improvement and ensure that it gets the maximum return on its investment,” adds Leslie Morrison.

Adrian Curry, Director of Quinn Glass in Derrylin, says: “This investment will consolidate our position in the industry and allow us to consider further expanding our operation here. With this new equipment we can maximise our productivity and profitability.”

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