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Production data 2010 published today from the European Container Glass Federation (FEVE) (1) show a general recovery from the drop of the previous year. In 2010, the industry produced 20.7 million tonnes of glass compared to 20.1 million tonnes in 2009 marking an increase of 3.5%.


The biggest increase in production was recorded in Turkey (27%) and

United Kingdom (9.5%). In Italy (5.2%), Poland (5.7%) the increases were more important than in Portugal (1.9%), Spain (2.7%) and North  &  Central  countries  (1.7%).  In  Germany  the  situation  was  quite  stable  (0.2%)  as  well  as  in France where a slight decrease was recorded (‐0.1%).

“The industry was able to react firmly to the impact of the previous year’s financial crisis – says FEVE President  Niall  Wall – and  to  maintain  its  place  as  a  key  player  in  the  packaging  market notwithstanding  the  harsh  competition (2).  This  is  important  if  we  are  to  offer  consumers  choice because  glass  is their  preferred  packaging (3)
thanks  to  its  environmental,  health  and  taste preservation  qualities.    For  some  natural  and  healthy  products  like  milk,  yoghurts, baby food or mineral waters, consumer demand for glass packaging is not being met because of the lack of choice on supermarket



The industry continues to make efforts to improve the efficiency of manufacturing process, to reduce environmental  impacts  and  to  reduce  costs  to  ensure  that  brands  are  provided  with  a  premium packaging solution at competitive prices when compared to other materials.

The European container glass industry provides a wide range of glass packaging products for food and beverages  as  well  flacons  for  perfumery,  cosmetics  and  pharmacy  to  their  European  and  world 
customers.  With  its  160  manufacturing  plants  distributed  all  over  Europe, it is an important  contributor to Europe’s real economy and provides direct employment to about 50,000 people, while creating a large

number of job opportunities along the total supply chain.


(1)  Production of container glass for food and beverage, flacons for perfumery, cosmetics and pharmacy. Published on
(2) Euromonitor. Published on
(3) InSites Research. Published on

About FEVE
FEVE  is  the  association  of  European  manufacturers  of  glass  containers and machine‐made glass tableware. The members of FEVE produce over 20 million tonnes of glass per year.  The association has  some  60  corporate  members  belonging  to  approximately  20  independent  corporate  groups. 

Manufacturing plants are located across 23 European States and include global blue chip and major companies working for the world’s biggest consumer brands. The Container Glass industry accounts for 60% of the total glass production in Europe and is spread throughout some 160 plants,

including Switzerland and Turkey. The EU is the world's largest producer of container glass. The glass container industry in Europe employs 46,000 people. 


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About Glass
As packaging, glass containers assure the preservation, safe delivery and attractive presentation of a vast array of consumer products, supplied to European and world markets. Whether used for drinks, food, cosmetics, perfumes or pharmaceuticals, glass plays a vital role in supporting European trade and commerce.  Glass is 100 percent recyclable, virtually inert and preserves the original taste of the products it contains. Baby food products – like milk ‐need the protection of its container to preserve 
its  purity  and  its  vitamins.  A  container  is  not  just  a  commodity.  Because health is not only in the ingredients but also in the packaging that preserves these ingredients.

Glass does NOTHING to the food or drinks it contains, it alters NOTHING to the taste or vitamins it preserves. To know more about “Nothing”? See