Spain fifth container glass producer in the EU in 2007

Spain was the fifth producer of glass containers in the EU in 2007, with 2222 million tons of bottles, jars and bottles, according to data released on 25 August 2008 by FEVE, the association of Europe…

Spain was the fifth producer of glass containers in the EU in 2007, with 2222 million tons of bottles, jars and bottles, according to data released on 25 August 2008 by FEVE, the association of European producers of glass containers. These figures include mass-produced packaging and point to a growth of 3.5% in Spanish production between 2006 and 2007. The European countries that exceeded Spain were Germany, with over 4 million tons, France (3721 million), Italy (3620 million) and Britain (2244 million). According to data from FEVE, total production of European glass, which includes the 21 EU states plus Switzerland and Turkey, exceeded 22 million tons in 2007, an increase of 4% over the previous year. The European industry “is adapting to increased demand for glass containers, after years of stagnation,” the president of the association, Dominique Tombeur, said in a statement. FEVE also stressed that the nature of recyclable glass bottles “gives the industry an important advantage over other materials,” and recalled that the glass is made from some of the most abundant raw materials on the earth, such as sand, soda ash and limestone. FEVE brings together 60 European producers of glass, employing some 40,000 workers in 140 processing plants and accounts for 60% of the total production of glass on the continent.