Rockware Glass is to inject £25M into its specialist beer, spirits and wine production facility at Knottingley, West Yorkshire over the next 18 months, providing 40 new jobs.

The projec will result in two energy-efficient furnaces and emission reduction technology that will exceed stringent new European requirements which become mandatory in 2007.

In the bottle forming area the UK’s first 10-section Owens Illinois quadruple gob machine will be installed and will be making light weight beer bottles.

Combined with the recently installed 12-section triple gob machine, this will give the plant the fire power to service the needs of larger volume beer customers.