The container glass sector represented by FEVE has some 60 corporate members belonging to approximately 20 independent corporate groups. Their 160 manufacturing plants are located across 23 European States and maintain 125.000 direct and indirect jobs along the total supply chain, including almost 44 000 direct jobs at glass manufacturers. For each direct job in the container glass sector, about 1.9 indirect or induced jobs are generated on average in the EU.
LOCAL AND OF PROXIMITY
The European Container Glass industry privilege the proximity of supply to the producing plants so that we can avoid long-distance transport and minimise environmental and cost impacts. On average, more than 70% of raw materials used in container glass production travel less than 300 km prior to being incorporated into a glass furnace. Likewise, glass plants deliver more than 50% of their products within 300 km.
A dense and homogenous geographical distribution of plants, combined with a significant share of production for the European market, as well as a relative proximity of the plants to their suppliers and clients, makes the container glass industry a key economic player in the EU. Production has increased by 39.5% in the last 25 years, and the glass industry contributes €1 billion per year to public finances and €9.5 billion to the EU annual GDP. On average up to €610 million is invested per year – 10% of operational and maintenance costs.
LOCAL ROOTS AND PROXIMITY
A large investment is required to start a glass factory. Consequently, the industry aims to remain in the territory where it sets up, which generates quality employment and boosts the non-relocatable local economy. Moreover, selective collection and waste treatment reaches all Spanish towns and villages and is conducted by local companies. This network of proximity helps to reduce emissions and revitalizes local development. Thus, in Spain, 92% of raw materials and by-products is acquired in the national territory and 70% is obtained within a 300km radius. In turn, 80% of the containers made are supplied to national customers.
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