Glencairn Crystal Continues to Sparkle

October 5, 2015

A 14% rise in sales combined with an ongoing expansion strategy of acquisition and investment in personnel and infrastructure,  the development of international markets and focus on its luxury products, have ensured that the latest financial figures, to April 2015, released by Scottish based Glencairn Crystal, show profits in line with the increase in profitability with turnover up to £6.7 million.

Commenting on the results, Glencairn’s director, Scott Davidson, said “Profitability was in line with sales increase and our focus is still strongly on building our balance sheet and cash position  for the future. Combined sales for the first 4 months are already up by 25% on 2014.”

Scott continued, “Over the last two years our planned investment strategy of £1.5 million has now started to come to fruition.  The acquisition of Burns Crystal was a solid investment and has allowed us to support the growth and demand for luxury products within the International drinks industry over the decade and continue to attract inward manufacturing business back to Scotland.”

“The integration of  both companies will allow bigger cost savings with shared  resources and improved performance.”

Over the last few years, elements of this strategy include a number investments and restructuring; the purchase of a new factory,  re-banking, and the acquisition  and integration of Burns Crystal into the Group.  Plans are also under way to include adding another 10 staff over the next 2 years and also building the senior management team to develop the company and its international activities.

Paul Davidson, Managing Director, said, “Glencairn continue to show strong double-digit global growth, with new contracts in the USA, in both the whisky and bourbon markets and in Asia, and this momentum looks set to continue.”  

“With over three quarters of our business on an international basis and growing, we are investing heavily in our network and marketing and have recently appointed an International Brand Ambassador based in the USA to promote our products through his extensive contacts and also have representatives in Europe and Asia.”

Activity in Asia is on the increase, with Glencairn products now widely accepted within the Asian market. The company now has over 1000 active corporate customers.”  

As a leading manufacturers of  bespoke crystal and glass, Glencairn are in a unique position to meet customer demands, from the most  intimate order through to orders of global proportions.”  

Paul Davidson concluded, “It has been another busy year for Glencairn. We have completed several important markers in preparing the company to meet the opportunities for the future and the global demand for high end, high quality products is still growing, so we do not foresee any slowdown.”


New Design for an Old Malt

September 8, 2015

Mortlach 75 (1)

Glencairn Crystal’s established reputation for product design and development in the luxury crystal market continues with the design and manufacture of a limited number of decanters for a special release of a 75 year-old single malt whisky by Gordon & MacPhail.

Said Glencairn’s Product development director, Scott Davidson: “We were delighted to be approached by Gordon & MacPhail to design and manufacture the limited edition decanter and glasses for the launch of their Mortlach 75 Years Old.”

Only 100 of these unique decanters were produced to contain the oldest single malt Scotch whisky in the world. The 75 year-old whisky, made in 1939, is priced at £20,000 for a decanter.

This is the latest luxury decanter to be designed and manufactured by East Kilbride based Glencairn Crystal, having already produced luxury decanters and glasses for a host of clients in the global drinks industry including Johnnie Walker, Glenfiddich, Macallan and Dewars.

For more information visit: www.gordonandmacphail.com/generations


Whisky Fringe, Edinburgh

August 13, 2015

Last weekend was the annual sold out Whisky Fringe festival which takes place in the Mansfield Traquair in Edinburgh. The three-day event, run by Royal Mile Whiskies, is an essential fixture on the festival calendar and we were delighted to be the festival glass provider once again.

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HIghlights on the day for us were Glen Moray 30yo, the new Tamdhu Batch Strength and The Heilan 8yo from GlenDronach. If you were there we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

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The festival sells out in minutes so if you want to go next year best keep an eye on their website and mailing list.


Glencairn’s Expert Guide to Box Design

May 7, 2015

The wooden presentation boxes that our decanters are held in can sometimes be overlooked. As well as serving a practical function of protecting the crystal, the boxes have to complement its aesthetics too. Ultimately, every box is unique and as a result it is difficult to create set guidelines on what is required when crafting one. However, for all you budding designers out there, our experts have put together a guide to help you along the way. We hope you will find it useful!


Glencairn Seals Spanish Cork Partnership

April 23, 2015

Scotland’s biggest family-run crystal business Glencairn Crystal, has appointed luxury cork maker Parramon Exportap, based in Girona, to supply all of the company’s premium specification corks.

Commenting on the partnership, Glencairn’s Scott Davidson said: “Like Glencairn, Parramon is also a family-run business with growing international reputation for offering the drinks industry a unique service.

“We have worked with Parramon on numerous occasions and I am confident that this unique service will be reflected in our own products. Parramon are the only company in the market prepared to offer Glencairn and its customers the highest quality corks to meet and fulfil the exceptional standards required for our specialist crystal products.”

He added: “Moreover, for all of our decanters, Parramon will supply us with almost any quantity for our clients, individually selected for every order. This unique partnership will definitely promote both of our companies within the spirits market.”

Parramon’s representative in the Scotch Industry and ambassador for Glencairn special products in Europe and America, Jose Santos said: ”Parramon offer a unique product and service within the cork industry. Such is their attention to quality, it has earned them an unrivalled reputation and in many cases sole supplier of corks to the luxury wineries around the world. Their state-of-the-art processing and a rapid, efficient delivery service mean the products retain all of their qualities and they are able to meet their commitments to customers.”

Scott concluded:” We are fortunate that we have found individuals who understand the complexity of our product and how we want to promote our luxury crystal. Because of this understanding and Parramons support we are benefiting from their success on a global scale.

“The cork was generally the lowest cost item in our product components, but to meet the exacting standards of our clients we had to be able to offer something exceptional. We now regularly use individually selected mirror ended fleur grade, with no bleaching to give the most authentic traditional look. Supplying these items is only possible with a very special partner”.

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