Portuguese glass packaging manufacturer BA Glass plans to invest some 205 million EUR in expansion of its production capacity in Bulgaria over five years
The majority of the investment will be made in 2020 and 2021.
BA Glass intends to build two new furnaces to double the production capacity of its facilities in Bulgaria. The company currently operates two furnaces in the country – in Sofia and Plovdiv.
BA Glass acquired Bulgaria’s Drujba Glassworks from Greek glassmaker Yioula in 2017. Drujba Glassworks was subsequently renamed to BA Glass Bulgaria and delisted from the Bulgarian Stock Exchange.
Since then, BA Glass has already invested in several projects at its Plovdiv plant, including the replacement of the old furnace with a new one, which has 70 percent larger capacity – 120,000 t. The new furnace, which became operational this year, is expected to help the company increase its output in the country from 330,000 t. of glass packaging in 2018 to 340,000 t. this year and 380,000 t. in 2020.
BA Glass Bulgaria turned to a net profit of around 19 million EUR in 2018 from a net loss of 3,2 million EUR the year before. The company’s sales revenue last year grew to 126 million EUR from some 113 million EUR in 2017.
In 2018, BA Glass Bulgaria generated 31.6 percent of its sales revenue on the local market and 68.4 percent from exports. The company exports its output to over 20 countries in Europe.