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Raw material storage

Recycled glass called cullet is stored in bays, along with other core raw materials including silica sand, soda ash, limestone.

The Batch

The core ingredients of silica sand, soda ash, limestone and a large amount of recycled glass called cullet, are mixed into a precise batch formulation. More ingredients can be added to create different colours of glass.


The prepared batch travels along a conveyor belt to the furnace, which melts the raw materials at 1565ºC, for 24 hours. Now ready for forming, the molten glass is distributed to a forehearth, where it’s conditioned and equalised into a uniform temperature.


Streams of molten glass enter a feeder and are pushed down a narrow tube by a plunger. As they emerge, mechanical shears cut them into gobs, before going to blank molds in the forming machine to create partially shaped molten glass called parisons. There are two methods of forming. The ‘Press & Blow’ method and ‘Blow & Blow’ method.

Annealing lehr

Loaded into the annealing lehr, the bottles are heated again and then cooled to room temperature, relieving internal stress and improving durability.

Quality control

Moving along to the automated inspection area, careful monitoring involves a comprehensive range of electronic, mechanical and manual checks to ensure bottles are of the highest quality, and any that don’t pass the test are returned for recycling.

Packaging and Storage

All the bottles are automatically packed into pallets, then housed in our on-site warehouse. From the warehouse pallets of bottles are either shipped to customers or in Elton can be sent to the filling hall.


Our range of distribution services can deliver glass direct to our customers for filling or filled products to distribution centres or direct to retailers.

We’ve been using the most advanced technology available to produce high-quality container glass since 1998.

Our process includes everything from melting, and container forming, to annealing, cold end coating and inspection. And it’s all done with an emphasis on both quality and detail. On-going investment in our facilities sees us working with state-of-the-art technology across our production lines. The flexibility this provides enables us to work quickly, competitively and efficiently – and often with short turnarounds. It’s why we manufacture containers for some of the world’s most recognisable brands.
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What is glass?

Best for the environment

Glass can be recycled and reshaped over and over again without ever losing any of its properties or advantages. This, and the fact it is made from natural and abundant raw materials, makes glass the most sustainable packaging material there is, unlike other materials made from limited fossil fuels.

Best for health

Glass is the healthiest and most hygienic form of packaging in the world. It forms an absolute barrier against gases, vapour, and liquid, thereby protecting and preserving the flavour and properties of the food or drink within. It is one of the only packaging forms that guarantees no contamination from outside sources.

Best for taste

Because glass forms the perfect barrier, the taste of the product within will always be as the brand intended. Glass is chemically inert, which means unlike other packaging forms, it will never interact with the product inside or distort the intended taste.