Our Mission and Vision
A message from Executive Director Didem Ciner
This year promises to be a significant year for Ciner Glass as we embark on our most expansive year to date. Last year we celebrated our ten-year anniversary, and it is amazing to see how much we have grown
Our glass journey started in 2011 with the acquisition of the Park Cam San site and a dream of building a new glass headquarters. Our Boyüzük Plant started production with a capacity of 500 tons per day in 2013, increasing to 1,000 tons per day in 2015. We are now the second-largest producer in Turkey, producing 330,000 tons and providing container glass to 22 per cent of the Turkish beverage market.
In 2018, Ciner Glass decided to expand its operations worldwide, establishing a new headquarters in London to help achieve our annual production target of 2,500,000 tons of container glass by 2026.
As part of our plans, we want to build a new leading UK glass bottle manufacturing facility in the UK to help meet the country’s demands. This year we submitted a planning application to build a recycling centre at the Rassau Industrial Estate in Ebbw Vale. Located in the heart of the Gwent Valleys, the proposed development would build on the area’s proud industrial heritage, whilst also creating a sustainable industry for future generations.
The facility has the potential to produce millions of recyclable glass bottles each year. It also promises to bring almost 600 new highly skilled jobs to Blaenau Gwent, along with significant supply chain opportunities right across Wales.
As a UK company, we provide beer and wine bottles to the food and drink industry across Europe – producing 16 billion bottles since 2013 – helping to shape the future of the Container Glass Industry.
Our goal is to be the world’s leading glass production centre, using the latest and most advanced technology, with an economic development model that values its people. We plan to play an integral role in the future prosperity of Wales by providing recyclable glass cullet to reduce the requirement for local, regional and national resources helping bring carbon savings and contribute towards the country’s vision for a circular economy.
Although we are not one of the oldest or the biggest glass companies, we believe our modern and forward-thinking approach makes us one of the best. Our vision is global, but our approach will always remain local.
We believe the most successful way of helping local, regional and national economies bounce back from the pandemic and create high-growth renewable sectors is by investing in communities for the long term.
Our £390m investment in Blaenau Gwent will create long-lasting partnerships across the area for decades to come. We are a family business and believe in the importance of investing in the local community. From suppliers, to sponsors, to apprenticeship schemes, we hope to become a proud asset to a community and county that we can call home.
We understand that developments of this type will raise questions. That is why, through our work with the environmental planning company ARUP, we have submitted a comprehensive environmental scoping report to the local Council.
We are fully supportive of the Welsh Government’s plans for a Deposit Return Scheme, and we actively encourage consumers to recycle as many glass items as possible. As a company, we also want to help greatly reduce the mileage glass has to be transported across Wales and the rest of the UK. Wales currently brings in all its container glass from outside of the country – unsustainable in the modern age. By harnessing our existing technology developed in Turkey, which has helped create the world’s lightest glass bottle, we can replicate this success.
We hope this investment will be the start of a strong relationship between the people of Blaenau Gwent and Ciner Glass – one that will continue for decades to come. We are committed to making a real contribution to the future prosperity of Wales and look forward to engaging with the local community as we develop our plans.
Our plans to be a sustainable neighbour
At CiNER Glass, we are ready to create a more sustainable future for Wales.
We are committed to achieving our own, the local council’s and the Welsh Government’s decarbonisation goals, as well as helping to protect the local environment.
Through our plans to build a glass container manufacturing and recycling facility in Blaenau Gwent, we can play a key role in making the circular economy a reality in Wales. The facility would use recycled glass in its production, which requires fewer natural resources from raw material and less energy to melt it, thereby reducing emissions. This is combined with built-in control technology and a filtration system at the site to manage our emissions.
Our glass is a high-tech environmentally friendly product, and its recycling capabilities gives glass an advantage compared to the other type of containers. However, the use of glass will need to grow exponentially to provide a real solution in reducing the amount of single-use plastic in Wales and across the globe. This is where our plans for a new glass plant, which would produce millions of 100% recyclable glass bottles every year.
Our target to reach net-zero has already started. As a company, we have pledged to increase the percentage of recycled glass used year on year, with the ultimate aim of using over 300.000 tons of recycled glass annually. By using sustainable construction materials, local suppliers and recycled glass – requiring lower energy consumption in the facility – we can drastically reduce emissions. Currently, too many glass bottles are dumped into landfills, and we will therefore ensure that whatever we produce, when used in Wales, will be taken back to be reused.
Furthermore, to expand and increase recycling levels and quality across the whole of Wales, we are ready to work with the Welsh Government on the introduction of the country’s first-ever Deposit Return Scheme to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle plastic pollution further and faster than the rest of the UK.
Our goals are ambitious and global, but our values will always remain local. That is why we will plant more than 500 new trees on the site to help enhance the local woodland area for generations to come. We are making every effort to improve the quality of woodland and marshland for the benefit of the community to ensure the surrounding areas remain a place to run, walk or cycle with family and friends.
We have a proven track record of innovation, already producing one of the lightest bottles in the UK. We know that glass is the sustainable industry of tomorrow and believe that we can start to build a sustainable future for Blaenau Gwent.