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Verallia (glass), new plant inaugurated in Mantua

The French group has invested 60 million for the new oven

The French multinational Verallia, a specialist in the production of glass bottles and containers, has strengthened the Mantuan hub of Villa Poma with an investment of 60 million euros in the new production plant - the eleventh in Italy, where the group has a turnover of 550 million euros out of a total of 2.53 billion (2020) - which will create a hundred new jobs, including related industries. It was 1964 when the Mantuan plant, not yet owned by the multinational, started its own production for the beer market. The construction of a second oven followed in 1991, which two years ago underwent a major modernization. Today on the foundations of the first plant - shut down in 2013 due to the age limit - a new oven was born, which is characterized by cutting-edge production and environmental technologies. The main customers are in the wine sector, which absorbs about half of the Italian group's production. Another 20% of bottle production is destined for beers, 10-15% for food and the rest is for fruit juices, aperitifs and spirits.

"An investment of 60 million euros - underlines Marco Ravasi, CEO of Verallia Italia - which exceeds 90 if we also consider the modernization of the other historic oven in Villa Poma, which took place in 2019 this requires that a group the size of Verallia participate in the industrial revitalization of the country".

The new plant, which effectively doubles the production capacity of the Mantua site, will allow Verallia Italia to guarantee its customers all the types of bottle colors and the flexibility necessary to cover seasonal production peaks, typical of a sector such as Food & Beverage. It is in fact a latest generation oven, designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 10% and electricity consumption by 15%. Italy is, after France, the second market for the French group, part of the Saint Gobain group until 2015 and now controlled by the US fund Apollo Global Management, which last year 2019 decided to open up to the capital market by listing the title on the Paris-Euronext stock exchange.

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