WALES – CiNER Glass UK has secured planning approval from Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council to construct a new US$478.58 million glass container manufacturing facility in Wales, UK.

According to CiNER Glass UK, the project will become one of the largest investments in South Wales for decades, bringing ‘600 highly skilled jobs to the area on a 21.5ha vacant plot within the Rassau Industrial Estate.

The initial part of the facility, dubbed Dragon Glass, is expected to commence operations in late 2024.

The project will include a four-part operation for the production of glass containers: melting and forming; the handling of raw materials; inspection and packaging and warehousing.

CiNER Glass aims to supply glass bottles to UK food and beverage producers, with an aim to build a center of engineering excellence in glass technology in Wales.

“We are extremely pleased to have received approval to move forward with our exciting plans to build and operate our new glass bottle manufacturing facility in Ebbw Vale,” said Didem Ciner, CiNER Glass Executive Board Member.

“This is the first step towards building a world-class facility in the heart of South Wales and we cannot wait to begin working on making our vision for Blaenau Gwent a reality.”

The multi-phased construction will commence following the completion of the detailed design of the project, with plans for the facility to start producing glass in 2026.

The company said that the project will help create between 400 and 500 construction jobs and 1,200 indirect jobs in the supply chain.

In addition, the company hopes that the project ‘can model a catalyst for economic regeneration,’ helping increase investment in the circular economy in Wales.

Councillor John Morgan, Blaenau Gwent Council’s executive member for Place & Regeneration said: “CiNER’s business strategy is to be the world’s largest glass producer using the latest and best technology; and to do so with a model that is environmentally friendly, sustainable, and values people.

This will create significant employment opportunities within an economically challenged region as we work to tackle economic deprivation and create further economic opportunities for our communities.

The company is committed to playing an integral role in the local community, with plans to hire local people and foster skills and expertise in Blaenau Gwent, becoming a long-term employer in the area.

It has already started to work closely with local colleges, universities, and training providers so that it will be able to provide education and training opportunities in the area.

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