US glassmaker Owens-Illinois has closed its Karhula production plant in Finland with the loss of 100 jobs.

The company said earlier this week that the closure is part of an ongoing review of its global manufacturing footprint and followed a number of consultations with local union representatives.

The Karhula plant is one of two European facilities the company identified for closure in the second quarter and consultations are continuing with local union representatives regarding the second European facility. An announcement is expected later this year.

"Our ongoing global asset utilisation process identified the opportunity to shift production to other European facilities. The result will be lower energy consumption and production costs, while still allowing us to meet current and anticipated market needs," said Rich Crawford, president of O-I Global Glass Operations.

Owens-Illinois said it is helping the affected employees "explore other employment opportunities", including positions within the company.

The company employs around 23,000 staff with 79 manufacturing facilities in 21 countries. In 2008, net sales were US$7.9bn.