FEVE celebrates its 40th anniversary

FEVE – the European Container Glass Federation has elected a new executive team for the 2017-2019 term of office. FEVE celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, representing today 60 corporate members belonging to approximately 20 independent corporate groups with 160 glass packaging manufacturing plants  across 23 European countries.
Johan Gorter, CEO of Ardagh, has been elected as President of FEVE, sided by Jean-Pierre Floris, Chairman and CEO of Verallia Group, as Vice-President.

Today, the container glass industry is a pioneer of the EU circular economy. In the last fifteen years, bottle-to-bottle glass recycling has increased by 139% throughout Europe. Some 1.5 million bottle banks are available across the region and an average of 74% of Europe’s glass is collected for recycling, marking the success of separate collection for glass introduced in Europe in the 1970s.
The industry is also an important contributor to the European economy. Every year over €600 million are invested in energy efficiency, decarbonization and upgrades over the 160 manufacturing plants across Europe, contributing to maintain a total of 125,000 direct and indirect jobs. Investments in innovation help to modernise production processes and to produce glass bottles that are 30% lighter than 20 years ago, while still maintaining their product preservation qualities, recyclability, and innovative design.