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Ardagh Glass Packaging-Europe buys Swedish glass recycler SGÅ

Ardagh Glass Packaging-Europe (AGP-Europe), an operating business of Ardagh Group, announces that it has agreed to buy the world-leading Swedish glass recycler Svensk Glasåtervinning (SGÅ). The transaction is subject to certain conditions, including regulatory approvals that are expected to be obtained in the second quarter of 2024.

Recycled glass cullet at the Svensk Glasåtervinning (SGÅ) glass recycling centre in Sweden

SGÅ has collected and recycled glass packaging throughout Sweden for over 30 years and delivers the country’s impressive 90 percent glass recycling rate.

AGP-Europe’s purchase of SGÅ is driven by a commitment to protect Sweden’s circular glass recycling system, in light of the new regulation. The recycling system is vital to secure an ongoing supply of high-quality glass cullet. This purchase also ensures that glass collected in Sweden is retained within the country for use in glass packaging production and is not exported for processing outside Sweden for other industry applications.

Martin Petersson, CEO of AGP-Europe, said, “Buying SGÅ is the perfect complement to our glass production in Sweden. It will protect glass recycling and ensure we continue to close the glass loop, securing the supply of recycled glass cullet – one of our most important raw materials for lower-carbon glass packaging.”

Magnus Andersson, CEO of SGÅ, added, “Ardagh knows and understands the glass industry, including glass recycling, and as a result, the glass industry in Sweden is fully supportive of the new ownership. We look forward to our continuing work with Ardagh to develop long-term goals for the company, and to maintain our position as a world-class glass recycler.”

AGP-Europe is one of five companies  who have been part owners of SGÅ since it was founded in 1986. By buying the shares of the other four co-owners (Grocery Manufacturers of Sweden, DLF; Swedish Food Retailers Federation; Spirit and Wine Suppliers Association, SVL; Swedish Brewers Association), it will become the sole owner. SGÅ will retain its name and operating model, focusing on receiving and recycling glass packaging waste, and selling glass cullet.

With this purchase, a circle of almost 40 years has been closed: SGÅ was founded in 1986 by a company called PLM who, at that time, owned two glassworks in Sweden – one of which was in Limmared. In 2007, the Limmared glassworks was sold to Ardagh Group, where glass packaging continues to be produced for world-leading brands.

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