• Ardagh Group Publishes 2021 Sustainability Report

    New ambitious sustainability targets underline commitment to a circular economy

    Ardagh Group, a leading global supplier of infinitely recyclable metal and glass sustainable packaging solutions, has today published its new Sustainability Report 2021, which announces the launch of ambitious new long-term targets for Ardagh Metal Packaging and Ardagh Glass Packaging.

  • Industry-first virtual trials to begin on lightweighting glass bottles

    • Virtual trials on new coatings to significantly reduce the weight of glass bottles to start in January 2022, with anticipated product testing in summer 2022
    • Virtual trials reduce the risks and timescales of the development and testing process for glass strengthening and lightweighting
    • Reducing the weight of glass bottles reduces the raw materials and energy used in the glass melting process and reduces emissions in manufacture and transportation
    • If successful, significant lightweighting could be transformational for the glass industry on its journey to net zero
  • Edrington presents ‘Supplier of the Year’ award to Ardagh Glass Packaging

    The glass packaging supplier wins the coveted award for outstanding quality and service
    Ardagh Glass Packaging has been a major supplier of Edrington’s spirit bottles for over 30 years, producing premium bottles for brands such as The Famous Grouse and Brugal rum.

    In revealing the spirit producer’s overall choice of Supplier of the Year 2020, Edrington commented that they were impressed with Ardagh’s 100% quality record during the year.

    Ardagh Glass Packaging Sales Director UK, Nick Witton, said:


    Leading glass packaging company, Croxsons, has made changes to its leadership structure as part of their succession plans. Tim Croxson, currently the company’s COO, has taken up the position of CEO with immediate effect, in place of his father, James Croxson, who steps aside to concentrate more on developing Croxsons’ international concerns. The change of ownership, due to be formalized later in the year, comes after a period of extraordinary growth for the family firm, who celebrate their remarkable 150th anniversary next year.

  • Dassault Systèmes and partners to trial lighter glass bottles


    French software company Dassault Systèmes has partnered with Ardagh Group and consulting firm EXXERGY to conduct virtual trials of lighter glass bottles.

    The collaboration project will focus on research and development for an external coating to help reduce the weight of glass bottles and increase their strength.

    The lightweight glass bottles will also remain fully recyclable.

    Ardagh Group chief sustainability officer John Sadlier said: “Ardagh Group has pioneered the lightweighting of glass and as a leading global supplier of infinitely recyclable, sustainable metal and glass packaging, we have a responsibility to respond to the sustainability challenges we all face.

    “Together with our customers and supply chain partners, we are eager to explore the potential of digitalisation to drive new and innovative lightweighting solutions.”

    As part of this collaboration, Ardagh and EXXERGY will research and develop the coatings, while Dassault Systèmes will offer contract research services using its BIOVIA software applications.

    The coating will be tested on beverage manufacturer Diageo’s Johnnie Walker bottle from January.

    Based on the outcome of the trial, the companies plan to begin product testing next summer.

    Virtual trials are conducted before physical testing and are intended to help develop a digital representation of a product or process in real-time.

    Dassault Systèmes Industry, Marketing and Sustainability executive vice-president Florence Verzelen said: “There is a growing urgency to change our ways of production and consumption.

    “We need to rethink everything and dare to imagine the boldest sustainability initiatives.

    “Using Dassault Systèmes’ virtual twin technology, companies can design and simulate radically different new sustainable materials, products and processes in record time. They can be right, but also sustainable the first time.”

    In 2018, Dassault Systèmes was named the world’s most sustainable corporation by Canadian market research firm Corporate Knights.

  • TricorBraun to acquire Vetroelite glass packaging supplier


    TricorBraun said the acquisition would allow it to strengthen its European presence

    Founded in 1994, Vetroelite was formed in 1994 and is a provider of premium glass packaging solutions for the spirits, gourmet food, home fragrances, wine, and cosmetics industries.

    It operates from multiple locations inEurope and North America, and has customers in 90 countries.

    Court Carruthers, president and CEO, TricorBraun, said: “The Vetroelite team has established a strong reputation for high-quality, innovative packaging solutions, fueled by deep expertise and dedicated customer service.”

    All Vetroelite team members, including CEO Daniele Feletto and the company’s leadership team, will remain with TricorBraun and continue to work out of the company’s existing locations.

    Vetroelite will operate as Vetroelite, a TricorBraun company, upon closure of the acquisition.

    LBO France acquired Vetroelite in 2017. The transaction is expected to close later this month.

  • Absolut Vodka bottle design refresh pays homage to Swedish heritage

    In the iconic bottle’s first major design refresh since its creation in 1979, Ardagh Glass Packaging – Europe worked closely with Absolut and design agencies, Brand Union and Destrito, to develop an upgraded design that nods to the progressive vodka’s Swedish craftmanship and heritage.

  • Absolut Movement wins Best Bottle in Glass at World Beverage Innovation Awards

    Judges deemed the bottle ‘Beautiful, sustainable and perfectly on brand’
    This year’s World Beverage Innovation Awards attracted 155 entries from 20 countries in 21 categories.
    The special edition bottle, manufactured by Ardagh Glass Packaging, was the outright winner in the Best Bottle in Glass category, scoring top place by all nine judges, who also commented on its ‘Dynamic, stylish design, aiming to highlight important themes’.

  • AEGG expands into glass spirits bottle packaging


    The food jars and soft drinks bottles specilalist’s spirits bottles feature a cork finish, and each hold 700ml.

    The custom-designed traditional look with a modern twist makes them suited for whisky, gin, vodka and rum.

    AEGG said the range can be further tailored for more bespoke designs, including embossing, debossing, frosting, screen printing and colour spraying.

    Jamie Gorman, Aegg managing director, said: “We have partnered with a carefully vetted strategic glass partner to bring this core range of exclusive spirits bottles to the UK, which are available from early 2022.

    “We have invested over £6m in our glass-related infrastructure since 2018, to meet significant increased demand in our glass business. We created our own logistics hub in Suffolk, providing in-house warehousing and transport facilities for our glass products.”

    He added the company is continuing to invest in staff, with added expertise in the spirits drinks business as well as within the quality & technical team.

  • Berlin Packaging Acquires Elias Valavanis S.A.

    Acquisition expands company’s global footprint to include the Balkans and strengthens existing Mediterranean business

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