February 2018

Six glass experts discuss how Industry 4.0 will effect glassmaking in the future in the February 2018 issue of Glass International.

Five leading suppliers and a glass manufacturer highlight the benefits and the disadvantages of this new concept in glassmaking.

Elsewhere, Verescence's General Manager for France, Hélène Marchand, discusses the company's recent €30 million investment at its Mers-les-Bains plant.

Digital glassmaking is currently a hot topic and Heinz-Glas recently unveiled an industry first: a flacon with a digital screen. It discusses the creative procedure behind the bottle.

Ahead of the Glassman Latin America event next month we focus on Mexico's container glass industry and some of the major companies involved in it.

Our technical features come from the likes of Bucher Emhart Glass, GPS, PSR, Novaxion and Cromogenia.

Glass for Europe recently undertook a huge increase of its structure and its Secretary General, Bertrand Cazes, discusses the changes at the association.

All this plus our usual history page from Prof John Parker as well as the round up of industry news.

Cover image from Pennine 

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February 2018 highlights

2        Editor’s Comment

5        International news

12      Company profile: Verescence

          Verescence invests in its largest, greenest furnace

17      Industry 4.0 in glassmaking

          How industry 4.0 can improve container glassmaking

28      Digital glassmaking: Heinz-Glas

          A flacon for a digital world

31     Mexican overview

         Container sector continues to flourish

39     Company profile: FAMA

         FAMA enter a new era 

43     Company profile: MGFS

        Family business for the Mexican market

46    Refractories: Emhart:

        444- a formulation for thermal shock resistance

48    PSR:

        Tackling production issues

51    Forming: GPS

        Boosting productivity using an automatic mould system

55    Lubrication: Novaxion

        Novaxion’s latest swabbing robot is integrated onto Emhart machine

58    Cromogenia:

        Lubrication oils to prevent leaks

60    Company profile: Glass Europe 

        An association representing all actors of the flat glass sector

64    History: 

        Casting a light on glazing


70    Conference programme

72    Floor plan and exhibitors’ list

75    Guide to exhibitors and product services

News from issue dated February 2018