Local MP Jo Swinson recently paid a visit to engineering firm Guala Closures in Kirkintilloch, and heard from the manager and staff about the success of this growing company.
Jo with General Manager Ken Moran
Guala Closures is a world leader in the manufacturing of bottle caps and closures for a range of products, in particular supporting the Scottish whisky industry. The company operate across 5 continents in 25 production plants, and sell their goods in over 100 countries. Their UK factory is based in Kirkintilloch and has 205 members of staff, making the company a very significant local employer.
During her visit Jo witnessed a range of products being made using the impressive machinery. She was shown two all-electric presses which were installed in 2011. The 100 and 160-tonne machines speed up production and manufacturing consistency as well as reducing energy consumption. Jo was also told how Guala Closures was awarded 4 trophies during this year’s Alufoil Trophy competition, including in the consumer convenience and technical innovation categories.
The company are now recruiting for 2 new craft apprenticeships. The closing date is 30th May 2014, and applications can be made at http://www.ekgta.com/apprenticeships/application/ For more information please phone 0141 777 2028
Commenting on her visit, Jo said:
“Guala Closures in Kirkintilloch is a great local success story. Not only do they provide hundreds of skilled jobs in the area, their innovative products help Scotland’s key export industry by reducing counterfeiting of whisky. Their commitment to their staff is also to be commended – awarding payrises even in difficult economic times and investing in training and skills.
“It’s great news that they are taking on more apprentices, so I encourage local jobseekers to consider applying for these excellent opportunities.”