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July/August 2014

July/August 2014

Welcome to the combined July/August issue of Glass International.

This month Jerry Lemieux, CEO of Bennu Glass, the new player in the US container glass market, talks to Glass International about the challenges involved in getting the company up and running, and how the company plans to pit itself against the established wine and beer bottle producers in the US market.  

Speaking of which, we also take a look at O-I’s recently opened Innovation Center in Ohio, and speak with Ludovic Valette, Global Vice President of R&D, about the technology and equipment used at the centre and the results produced so far.

Prof. Russell Hand, recently appointed President of the Society of Glass Technology in the UK, talks to Glass International about the group’s upcoming centenary and its plans for the future, and Colombian company Thor discusses its recent entry into the glass industry, as an addition to its high-precision manufacturing work in the Defence and Aeronautical sectors.

This month our technical focus is on handling, and we have features from Grenzebach on inspecting thin glass, and Heye on quad gob ware handling, as well as features on safety wear and dry lubrication – a technical solution for unstable packages.

On top of all this we have our usual round up of the latest industry news and events, including a review of this year’s Mir Stekla. This is accompanied by our regular Technical Topics and History columns, as well as contributions from British Glass and Abividro.

Cover image: Bucher Emhart Glass

July/August 2014 Contents

Recent News

Worldwide television programme visits Gerresheimer facility

The German television programme Mouse TV visited Gerresheimer’s Essen production facility to find out why medicine bottles are made of brown glass.

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Distillers view O-I Alloa’s €30 million investment

More than 50 of the world’s leading distillers and spirit blenders visited O-I Alloa on Monday last week to see the improvements made to the plant by O-I’s recent €30 million investment.

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ACI Glass Packaging to cut Australian jobs

Australian glass making company ACI is to cut 60 jobs at its Adelaide plant.

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BDF Industries South America is operative

BDF Industries has opened a branch in São Paulo, Brazil, in order to offer better support to customers in Latin America, as well as better understand the local market situation trends and needs, and search for new opportunities.

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Recent Features

Bucher Emhart Glass to show BIS and FleXinspect BC at glasstec

Bucher Emhart Glass will be showing two of its flagship machines at its booth during glasstec 2014. 

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VDMA: Innovations at glasstec

According to the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), some of the highlights on display at this year’s glasstec will include a diamond cutting head that reduces micro-cracks to a minimum, new systems to measure the tension of thin glass, and a machine concept for tempering of bottles. 

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Low energy grinding technology

UK milling technology company International Innovative Technologies (IIT) demonstrates how low energy grinding technology can convert glass waste into a commercial product.

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Evolution in IS-Machines

Dr. Benedikt Felgenhauer and Wilfried Seidensticker outline Heye’s SpeedLine technology.

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