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Beta Glass upgrades Ogun manufacturing plant to boost production

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To boost the production of glass containers and optimally serve West and Central African markets, Beta Glass has upgraded the Agbara manufacturing plant in Ogun state, Nigeria.

Jagdish Agarwal, COO of Beta Glass, said the upgrade and cold repair of the GF1 Furnace of the Agbara plant will increase production by 30 tons, while also extending the lifecycle of the furnace by 8-10 years at just 30% of the cost of a major rebuild.

This achievement, he notes highlights the ability of Beta Glass to grow sustainably and effectively, whilst at the same time, continue implementing cost-improvement initiatives to better serve customers across West and Central Africa.

Beta Glass currently operates three best-in-class manufacturing plants in Nigeria, boasting a daily capacity of 720 tonnes per day and annual production of 650+ million bottles and jars, as well as the capacity to produce 3.2 billion crowns and 5.5 million crates.

The company employs more than 1,500 people across facilities and is led by an experienced and dynamic Management Team and a recently reshuffled Board of Directors.

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During his first official visit to the Beta Glass Agbara Plant, Vitus Ezinwa, the new Chairman said, ” This significant milestone celebrates our Company’s unwavering commitment to expanding production capacity and capabilities while maintaining the highest product quality.”

Commenting on the Company’s sustainability efforts, the CEO of Beta Glass, Darren Bennett-Voci, stated, “We are not just suppliers; we are partners in progress, dedicated to setting new standards in the glass container manufacturing industry.”

 

The Company is growing its production to optimally serve West and Central African markets. For the past 50 years, Beta Glass Plc has evolved into a key player and a leader in the glass container manufacturing industry across West and Central Africa.

Since its incorporation as Delta Glass Company LLC in 1974, some of its key milestones in the past five decades include the beginning of production in 1979; being publicly listed in 1986; and merging with Guinea Glass Company to form Beta Glass PLC in 2000. The company added a second furnace to its Guinea plant in 2002; increasing the output from 200 to 300 tonnes per day thanks to a furnace expansion project in 2021; and, most recently, rapidly upgrading its GF1 Furnace at the Agbara plant.

In Nigeria, Beta Glass currently operates three manufacturing plants boasting a daily capacity of 720 tonnes per day and annual production of over 650 million bottles and jars, as well as the capacity to produce 3.2 billion crowns and 5.5 million crates.

The company employs more than 1,500 people across facilities and is led by an experienced and dynamic Management Team and a recently reshuffled Board of Directors.

Beta Glass has restated its commitment to drive exceptional consumer experiences across West and Central Africa.

In line with this, the company has expanded its efforts to champion a greener Nigeria with initiatives focused on recycling, sustainability, and educating the public about environmental responsibility. This includes a collaboration with the Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA) and Recycling Scheme for Women and Youth Empowerment (RESWAYE) to establish glass aggregator centres in strategic Lagos locations.

In addition, this commitment is also reflected in the recently announced partnership between Beta Glass and Wecyclers –an accomplished waste management company in Nigeria – for the launch of trucks to collect cullet (recycled broken or waste glass) to recycle and reuse in the glass manufacturing process, thus conserving valuable and finite raw materials and further minimising the Company’s environmental footprint.