O-I’s glassmaking for Heinz Mayonnaise is featured in BBC’s ‘Inside the Factory’


Glass bottle manufacturer O-I has been featured in an episode of BBC2’s ‘Inside the Factory’ to illustrate how they make the Heinz [Seriously] Good Mayonnaise jar.

Presenters Gregg Wallace and Cherry Healey showed the complete glassmaking process, from visiting 23,000 free-range hens to how O-I’s Maastricht plant in the Netherlands created the jar from recycled glass.

O-I prioritises sustainability, safety and the premium nature of clear glass, which is key to the supply chain. Heinz Mayonnaise is distributed to 39 countries, including Malaysia and Panama.

The programme is available (for UK viewers only) on BBC iPlayer until 8th  February.

Thai glassmakers invest in swabbing robot on Heye IS Machine


One of South East Asia’s premier glass container manufacturers is among the world’s first to successfully embrace automated swabbing technology under production conditions.

Thai Glass Industries (TGI) has installed a Heye swabbing robot on a 10-section triple gob IS Machine producing NNPB bottles in Thailand.

This is the first installation of its type in the country and in the ASEAN region.

The robot is a cornerstone of Heye’ Smart Plant strategy as manual swabbing is one of the most important work steps for an IS machine operator. The robot allows precise and constant swabbing of the glass containers.

Benefits include zero rejects from swabbing, avoidance of section stops, substantial savings on lubrication and improved operator safety.

TGI personnel have been open-minded about this change to hot end working practices, embracing the swabbing robot innovation enthusiastically and this installation was immediately successful.

Full training for IS Machine operation was provided at TGI, where a dedicated IS training section from Heye is available.

The Heye triple gob IS Machine on which the swabbing robot is fitted was installed in 2017 and is the 13th IS Machine installed by Heye in Thailand in the past six years.

The country’s first swabbing robot is operating successfully and is generating a lot of interest. Stable and equal distribution of lubricants in the process has been realised, with more time for operators to focus on optimisation and defect correction.

“The swabbing robot is a great innovation and we are proud to have installed the first one in Thailand” said Pongdej Chamsawat, Assistant Vice President – Group Technical Service at TGI.

“We are satisfied with its performance on the Heye IS Machine.”

*Heye International is exhibiting on stand B05 at the Glassman Asia container glass exhibition and conference in Bangkok on January 24 and 25. It is also providing a presentation, titled Heye Smart Plant, at 12.05 on Wednesday January 24 at the event.*

Ametek Land and SVA develop protection for furnace image solution


Ametek Land and SVA Industrie Fernseh (SVA) have developed an auto-retraction system to protect a thermal imager in the volatile atmosphere of a glass furnace.

The housing and pneumatic auto-retraction system is for use on Ametek’s NIR-B (Near Infrared Borescope) glass thermal imaging solution for glass furnace applications.

The development provides further protection for Land’s NIR-B Glass thermal imager against damage from overheating within a glass production environment, particularly in cases of air purge, water cooling or power failure.

 “We approached SVA as we were aware of the company’s expertise in pneumatic technology for high temperature environments,” said Mark Bennett, Glass Industry Lead at Ametek Land. 

“This latest innovation takes NIR-B Glass to the next level, offering major benefits to glass producers in terms of better asset protection and enhanced lifespan for the equipment.”

 Axel Jürgens, Managing Director at SVA, based in Germany, said: “This latest innovation makes NIR-B Glass the most-advanced thermal imaging solution for the glass industry on the market.”

 The pneumatic auto-retract system consists of a rapid-response retraction mechanism, which instantaneously retracts the instrument from the furnace wall in the event of failure.

The system will retract from a number of failures, such as air purge, water cooling, and mains power, and, if there is an over-temperature condition detected, at the borescope tip.

 The system is fully pneumatic and has no exposed electrical components operating within the high-temperature environment of the glass melt-tank.

The system’s IP66- rated control box can be positioned up to 20 metres away and houses an uninterruptable power supply, which in the event of a power failure can automatically retract the NIR-B Glass.

 An integrated air purge ensures that the thermal imager maintains a clean lens at all times. With a high-performance water cooling system built-in as standard, the overall system has a low air flow requirement, even in the highest temperature furnaces.

 NIR-B Glass, launched in 2016, enables glass producers to receive continuous real-time temperature data, combined with a crystal clear thermal video image. 

This means operators can clearly “see” cold spots from air leaks coming through structural refractory, so that cracks or collapses are easily detected.

This, combined with the ability to visualise flames, allows the plant to optimise the flame pattern and burn efficiency.  

One stand remains at Mexican hollow glass show


Just one booth remains available at an exhibition dedicated to hollow glassmaking.

Exhibition space had already been extended to accommodate demand at the Glassman Latin America event, which takes place in Guadalajara, Mexico on March 21-22.

Leading technology companies that have secured their exhibition space include Bottero, Heye International, Glass Service of the Czech Republic and Glass Service of Italy, Sorg, Pennine Industrial, Zippe, the Rondot Group, Tiama, Iris Inspection Machines, Zecchetti and Waltec Maschinen.

A free to attend conference also takes place alongside the exhibition. Speakers so far include Gerresheimer, Pyrotek, IHS Markit and Heat Up Latin America.

The Glassman event is focused on hollow glassmaking. Global suppliers to the industry showcase the latest glassmaking technology to visitors to the exhibition.

Visitors to the previous Glassman in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2015 included glass manufacturers such as Fevisa, O-I Mexico, Vidrio Formas, Grupo Modelo, Gerresheimer and Sivesa.


Thai Malaya Glass starts operation of SB4 furnace from Sorg


Thai Malaya Glass successfully commissioned the SB4 furnace from Sorg in Saraburi on October 6th 2017 on time.

The plant construction was on schedule, with commissioning and production starting smoothly.

SB4 is a state of the art furnace in all areas, with exemplary efficiency and energy consumption.

Sorg Group’s subsidiary Nikolaus Sorg delivered the furnace as well as the forehearths. EME delivered the batch house and the fully automatic cullet return.

SB4 is a gas-fired end-port furnace with a Sorg Deep Refiner and melting booster. It is designed for a capacity of 300 tpd (tons per day) flint and amber glass for containers.

The possibility of a performance increase up to 350 tpd is forseen.

Batch charging is accomplished with the newest EME-NEND-S3 charger via IRD doghouse. The plant is also equipped with a Sorg STW distributor and five Sorg 340S forehearths.

The batch house delivered by EME is a tower system, designed for the highest flexibility in production of various glass colours (various formulas) for two furnaces and with a total capacity of 700 tpd.

It feeds not only the SB4 but the future SB5 furnace as well, which is going to be commissioned in mid-2018.

Besides conventional metal detectors, a fully automatic all-metal-elimination by means of an eddy current system is integrated into the cullet charging.

Thus it is possible to improve the quality of the charged cullet and consequentially increase the furnace lifetimes.

The plant is also provided with two mixers, each with a capacity of 1875 liters, as well as a fully automatic pre-mix system.

Besides the batch plant, EME also delivered fully automatic cullet return systems for both SB4 and SB5.

The furnace and batch house are both controlled by a high availability Siemens S7-400.

Using a joint SCADA system it is possible to operate the complete process from every computer – from raw material delivery, batch production and melting to glass conditioning and factory cullet return.

By using web servers, the customer can use any computer as independent clients – even mobile devices are possible.

A firewall offers a VPN access for remote service purposes and provides a data interface to high-level customer systems.

Participants of the opening ceremony from left to right: Messrs. Akrapon Aroonrerk, Somporn Nasuphan, Harald Zenker, Boonsak Stitmannaithum, Pattaphong Iamsuro, Alexander Sorg, Kitti Nirutnapaphan, Vichien Rungwattanakit, Bernd Baunach

*Sorg is exhibiting on stand E03 at the Glassman Asia event in Bangkok, Thailand on January 24 and 25. The event website is www.glassmanevents.com/asia/exhibitors

Verallia appoints Group Industrial Director


Verallia has appointed Yves Merel as its Group Industrial Director.

He is also in charge of Operational Excellence, Quality and EHS (environment - health - safety) and is a member of the Executive Committee.

Mr Merlel is an Engineering graduate from the Technology University of Compiègne with a Management degree from Harvard.

He started his career in 1991 within Legrand as a Maintenance Manager. In 1995, he joined Valeo, where he successively held the positions of Process Engineering Manager, Production Unit Manager, Suppliers Development Manager in the USA and Plant Manager in France.

In 2005 he became Lean Manufacturing Director for Wagon Automotive before moving on, in 2008, to join FCI in Singapore as VP for Industrial Development.

In 2012, he joined Constellium as Executive Vice President, Lean and EHS. Since February 2017, he has held the position of Executive Vice President in charge of Operational Excellence within Framatome.

Mr Merel is also on the Executive board of the Lean Institute France and Senior Advisor for Lean Global Network. 

Tecglass develops design app


Italian company Tecglass has developed a Vitro Design App. 

Tecglass technology has developed a marketing tool to make it easier for customers to create graphic designs and give real-life demonstrations.

The Vitro Design App offers current mobile navigation logics and a dual filter that guides users toward their desired style and graphic format. The goal is to find the best design for every print project to ensure customer business success.

This Tecglass tool means that customers have endless examples of patterns, images and decorative effects. They can also see what their design looks like on glass.

The Vitro Design App is available for free download on iPhones, iPads and Android devices.

O-I signs glass recycling agreement


O-I and waste-to-product company, Renewi have signed a new Shareholder Agreement (SHA) for their Maltha Joint Venture.

The SHA signals a new start for Maltha, one of Europe’s largest glass recycling companies.

As Maltha was historically majority owned by Van Gansewinkel, a new SHA was required following the merger earlier this year between Van Gansewinkel and Shanks to create Renewi.

Renewi will continue to own 67% of the joint venture, with O-I retaining its 33% stake. The partners will deliver an important contribution to the circular economy by producing high-quality raw materials from waste glass.

Maltha focuses on recycling both flat and container glass into cullet and glass powder for reuse in the glass industry.

The cullet and powders produced are sold to glass manufacturers, including O-I, and makers of other glass products who demand high purity material.

Michael Prechtl, O-I Country Group Executive North / Central Europe, said: “Maltha makes the best use of the unique properties of glass, whose 100% recyclability ensures it remains the most sustainable packaging material.

"Much of our production contains over 80% recycled glass. Our new agreement with Renewi strengthens Maltha’s ability to provide a consistent, uncontaminated supply of high-quality cullet to much of O-I’s European operation.”

Bas Blom, Managing Director of Renewi’s Monostream Division said: “Maltha is run by experts from complementary parts of the value chain for glass products. Together, we give new life to used materials by ensuring that our circular product can be recycled over and over again without loss of quality.”

Maltha has sites in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Portugal and Hungary.

Thai glassmakers invest in new furnaces


Two Thai container glass manufacturers have opened new furnaces in recent months – and Glass International has interviews with both of them.

Boonsak Stitmannaithum, Executive Vice President of Operations of Thai Malaya Glass and Thai Glass Industries, discusses the recent opening of furnace SB4 at Thai Malaya Glass’s Saraburi site.

Asia Pacific Glass recently opened its second furnace at its Chachoengsao site. Its executive team highlight the benefits it will give to the company.

View the Glass International issue here

Front cover image supplied by Pennine Industrial 

Abstracts for Industry 4.0 in glassmaking conference available online


Abstracts for the forthcoming Industry 4.0 conference in glassmaking, which takes place in Thailand are available to view online.

The Future Glass Forum includes 10 presentations devoted to Industry 4.0 in glassmaking.

The free to attend event takes place in Bangkok, Thailand on January 24 and 25.

Speakers include Bottero, Xpar Vision and Iris Inspection Machines.

The keynote speechw will be delieverd by Viwat Supatham (pictured), Chairman of both the Manufacturers Industry Club, The Federation of Thai Industries (GMFTI) and the AFGM.

The abstracts are available to view by clicking on the speaker’s name via this link:


The event also includes a Technology in Glassmaking conference, with presentations from Eurotherm, Pneumofore and AGR International. The programme is here


Gerresheimer appoints packaging glass board member


Gerresheimer has appointed Dr. Lukas Burkhardt (38) to its Management Board and who will assume responsibility for the Primary Packaging Glass Division.


“In Lukas Burkhardt, we gain an outstanding leadership personality as a valuable addition to the Gerresheimer Management Board.

"He will be able to contribute his diverse international experience from a variety of industries to the Primary Packaging Glass Division,” said Dr. Axel Herberg, Chairman of Gerresheimer’s Supervisory Board.

Dr Burkhardt studied mechanical engineering at ETH Zurich, where he also obtained his PhD. He began his career at Audi in Ingolstadt.

From 2007 to 2014, he held various managerial positions within the Rieter Automotive Group, now the Autoneum Group, including six years in China and India.

Most recently, he was in charge of all Asian plants as Head of Operations Asia. In 2015, he became Chief Operating Officer and member of the Group Management Board of the international Franke Group.

There, he was responsible for production at more than 30 plants around the world as well as for logistics, procurement, and process engineering and partly product engineering.

Gerresheimer’s management board comprises of Christian Fischer (CEO), Rainer Beaujean (CFO), Andreas Schütte (Plastics and Devices Division) and Lukas Burkhardt (Primary Packaging Glass Division).

GMIC publishes second glass industry report


The Glass Manufacturing Industry Council (GMIC) has published its second industry report.

The second edition of the Glass Manufacturing Industry Report  is a detailed reference source for intelligence on the glass manufacturing industry.

The 163-page report includes Data Metrics by Segment with Graphs and Tables, an emissions regulations summary, segment analysis, and plant lists and contact spreadsheets.

The report is available for $1375.00 for GMIC members and $2295.00 for non-members.

For more information visit the report website at http://gmic.org/glass-manufacturing-industry-report/

Agr International realigns glass sales team


Agr International has realigned its sales force to better serve its customers located in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. 

It has focused its sales force along product and service lines to better support the distinct needs of each customer segment.

Marco Palma, a 20+ year Agr sales management veteran, will lead the sales team targeted to support the equipment needs of glass container manufacturers. 

The Agr glass equipment product line includes solutions targeted to address laboratory and cold end factory floor needs.

Alexander Broda, also a 20+ year Agr sales veteran, will work with customers who use the services offered by Agr’s new research facility located at Delft, The Netherlands. 

The research services include glass production and filling line audits, schools as well as container design and breakage analysis.

Agr International develops and manufactures a full line of laboratory and on-line testing/quality control devices for glass and plastic containers and similar products.  

Last few places remain on Basics of Combustion in Glass Melting Furnaces course


There are still limited delegate places on the Basics of Combustion in Glass Melting Furnaces course which takes place this week.

This one day training course will be held on Thursday 11th January 2018 at The Society of Glass Technology, Chapeltown, Sheffield, UK and is aimed at Batch and Furnace department and associated personnel.

The primary audience is furnace operators, supervisors and supporting staff in Environmental, Maintenance, Engineers and related Suppliers.  Upon completion of the workshop participants should be;

- aware of basic combustion technology within the context of energy utilisation and emissions legislation;
- able to describe the basic processes of burner adjustment for good furnace operation;
- confident in applying a troubleshooting and combustion optimisation processes;
- able to relate the identification of glass defects to indicators of furnace operation;
- aware of oxy-fuel and emerging burner technologies.

As a result of recent emission legislation many plants have to meet increased emissions limits specifically for NOx.

In many companies there are only one or two personnel who know how the current Low NOx burners work and have the confidence to adjust burners.

This is frequently the highest single point of energy utilisation on a glass plant. The primary goal of the morning session is to give all operators a basic understanding of combustion and burner adjustment for good furnace operation with confidence to start the troubleshooting or optimisation process.

CelSian will present a one hour presentation on the basics of glass defects arising from the furnace since this is often what highlights the existence of a combustion problem and GTS will provide a one hour practical workshop session on defects analysis and include a tour of their laboratory.  To conclude there will be an overview of oxy-fuel and other new technology.

Cost: £475 plus VAT per person including lunch and refreshments.                                                                                         

A certificate of attendance will be provided and pdf of critical slides. (Discount £398 plus VAT for Members of the Society of Glass Technology, British Glass and Glass Trend).                                   

Contact scecombustioncourse@gmail.com  to reserve places or further details.

Pennine reaches legal settlement with Ramsey


Pennine Industrial Equipment Ltd has reached a legal and financial settlement with Ramsey Products Corp.

Pennine has agreed not to use Pennine’s filed EU trademark in the United States of America, however Pennine reserve the rights to use this trademark in other territories.

The settlement is only in reference to a trademark dispute and does not impact Pennine’s ability to manufacture its New 2 Pin Laser Headed Conveyor Chain.

Rurex CEO retires


Rurex CEO Andreas Fremerey has retired.

Mr Fremerey has been with the company for 34 years and retired on January 1 this year. He will act as a consultant to the management only if required.

Rurex is a German company that supplies extreme wear resistant products for the hot end area of the container glass industry.

It also supplies machines for the manufacturing of patterned, figured, wired and solar glass in the flat glass industry.

The company has appointed Mr Florian Zapadtka as new Managing Director CEO (pictured). His email address is florian.zapadtka@rurex.de

Mr Fremerey said: “I thank you for all your support and the good cooperation in the many years of our partnership. I hope that you will bring all the support and confidence which you have given to me to Mr. Zapadtka for further fruitful cooperation.”

Ramsey Products appoints Sales Manager in Europe


Ramsey Products has appointed Andreas Dederer as Sales Manager in Europe.

Mr Dederer joins Bob Hughes and Gerrit Hageman in covering the European market. Andreas is located in northern Germany and will focus primarily on Germany, France and Eastern Europe but will be developing the business in 16 different countries, including the DACH and Benelux regions.

Andreas comes to Ramsey from the automotive industry, where he gained valuable experience in automotive technology, with a specific focus on adhesive applications.

His responsibilities at Ramsey will include the development of Ramsey’s Power Transmission and Conveying products, offering training seminars, and developing the distributor and customer network.

When asked why he joined Ramsey, Andreas states that the variety of applications the company deals with is appealing to him, as well as the challenge of developing a fascinating region.

“I also like the fact that Ramsey is a company with a long tradition, high quality products, and an excellent reputation,” he stated. 

Promising conclusions to Circular economy package


EU deputy ambassadors have been briefed on a deal reached by negotiators on the EU waste package.

Although the final text has yet to be fully analysed, FEVE – the European Container Glass Federation – has welcomed the achievement by the Estonian Presidency and the Rapporteur from the European Parliament, two years after the publication of the Circular Economy Package by the European Commission.

Feve said: “As an industry, we stand ready and committed to build on the agreement reached.

“We strongly support the commitment to a recycling-only-target for packaging, based on a single, more robust and harmonised calculation methodology. We also welcome the increased transparency and traceability of material streams, and better separate collection systems across the European Union.

“These are important measures in the transition to a more circular economy, paving the way for further use of permanent materials such as glass, which can be endlessly recycled without loss of their intrinsic properties.

"The challenge remains in the implementation phase and the further review of measures foreseen in the Packaging & Packaging Waste Directive.

"As we argued at our FEVE 40-year event on the 5th of December in Brussels, packaging is a multi-material sector, and we should not get detracted by the current focus on plastics.

"The opportunities and contribution of each material stream should be taken into account in order to reach the overall goal of increased resource-efficiency and the free movement of packaged goods across the European Union.

"As we close our 40th anniversary year, we look forward to pursuing our good collaboration with national and European policymakers, value chain partners and other stakeholders."

Şişecam’s R&D unit receives Intellectual Property award


Şişecam’s Science and Technology Centre, the R&D unit of global glass manufacturer Şişecam Group, received the Intellectual Property Competence Award of the Turkish Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology.

Prof. Şener Oktik, Şişecam Group Research and Technology Development President, received the award from Dr. Faruk Özlü, Turkish Minister of Science, Industry and Technology (pictured).

The Şişecam Science and Technology Center was chosen from among the 889 R&D and design centres supported by the ministry.

Sisecam’s R&D efforts were awarded at the 6th Private Sector R&D and Design Centers Summit organized by the Turkish Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology at Ankara’s Congresium in December 2017.

Şişecam's $40 million Science and Technology Center is based in Çayırova, Gebze, Turkey.

Prof. Oktik said: “The Şişecam Science and Technology Centre is the driving force behind Şişecam Group’s research and technological development efforts. It’s an award-winning, environment-friendly facility offering a 9400m2 indoor space.

"Şişecam Science and Technology Centre is Turkey’s largest and best-equipped science and technology center in this field, and also ranks high among R&D centres in the world. The centre employs 225 experts who conduct research and develop technologies at a local and international level.

"Şişecam Group targets to drive its growth through research and technological development, and will continue to heavily invest in this field”.

Paneratech expands Asian presence


Furnace management company Paneratech has appointed Satoshi Okura as its Director of Sales and Operations in Asia.

Satoshi will be based in its new Japan office and will help serve its growing base of customers in the Asia region.

Satoshi can be reached at satoshi.okura@paneratech.com

Paneratech CEO Yakup Bayram said: “As the applications for our technology have grown, the global demand for our furnace health monitoring programs has increased.

"In response to this demand, we have expanded our locations and added new staff to better serve our customers.”

The company is behind the SmartMelter furnace management technology.

The company is also seeking a candidate in Europe who has experience in the glass industry in a technical sales manager role.

The location where this representative will be based is flexible, although central Europe is preferred. Please contact Mr Bayram at yakup.bayram@paneratech.com if this is of interest.

AGC Ceramics names new President


Japan’s AGC Ceramics has named Masaru Ota as its new President and CEO.

Mr Ota (pictured) will begin his new role on January 1, 2018.

His successor as general manager for the glass industry is Mr Ken Watanabe.

Glass Futures appoints Mace as Project Managers for Phase 1


Glass Futures has appointed Mace as Project Managers for the initial phase. 

Mace is an international consultancy and construction company with revenues of £2billion. 

John Egerton, Mace Associate Director, taking responsibility for the Glass Futures project, has a proven track record in project and programme management delivery. 

"He is responsible for the manufacturing sector practice at Mace and has led a number of successful projects such as the development of the High Temperature Research Centre (HTRC), a collaboration between Rolls-Royce and the University of Birmingham. 

Brian McMillan, Glass Futures Chairman, said: “Mace’s appointment as Project Managers demonstrates our confidence in the Glass Futures project which we anticipate will involve a total capital spend in the order of £35million. We very much look forward to working with John Egerton and his colleagues.”

Glass Futures appoints board members


Glass Futures has appointed two Members to its Advisory Board.

Joining the Advisory Board for the planned Global Centre of Excellence for glass in R&D, Innovation and Training are Dr Paul Bingham, Reader in Materials Engineering, at Sheffield Hallam University and Gerold Sprachmann, Vice President Glass Factory at Swarovski, Austria. 

Paul Bingham has a BEng (Hons) degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Sheffield and a PhD in glass science and technology.  

He is a Reader in Materials Engineering at SHU and has published 80 research papers.

Paul is a Fellow of the Society of Glass Technology and currently holds a number of active research grants. 

Gerold Sprachmann is Vice President of the Glass Factory at Swarovski in Wattens, Austria, and has been leading the crystal glass production for 20 years.

Gerold is an expert in the field of glass making. In the course of his career he has been involved in disruptive innovations. 

Brian McMillan, Glass Futures Chairman, said: “Both are leaders in their respective fields. They bring a mix of skills and experience which are invaluable in ensuring the success of Glass Futures.”

Gerold Sprachmann said: “I endorse Glass Futures’ aims to create a Global Centre of Excellence for Glass to develop new methods of manufacture, substantially reducing the industry’s carbon footprint and energy utilisation.”

Steklarna Hrastnik plots €4.2 million investment and glass capacity increase


Steklarna Hrastnik envisages major investments in production with the aim of further development, expansion, and growth.

The first step towards this goal is a €4.2 million investment in the reinforcement of the packaging programme.

It is expected that by the spring of 2018, the lighting glass production unit will be transformed into the packaging glass production unit.

It will gradually abolish the production of lighting glass, and provide opportunities for further development of its packaging glass programme. All employees from the lighting glass production unit will be offered reassignment within the company.

Steklarna Hrastnik will invest €4.2 million in the purchase of a new machine for packaging glass (IS-machine) and the transfer of the existing machine to Vitrum. This will increase the efficiency of the furnace in the new investment cycle by 25 tonnes per day.

Upon the acquisition of necessary permits, it plans to increase capacity in its Hrastnik plant. The goal is to increase the capacity of the furnace by 200 tonnes per day, which will also create 150 new high-value added jobs.

“The abolishment of the lighting glass programme is our opportunity to expand the packaging glass programme,” said Andrej Božič, President of the Glass Division.

Since the onset of the crisis in 2008, demand in the market of lighting glass has dropped sharply, at the expense of the increasing uptake of LED lights.

Steklarna Hrastnik has also faced a sharp price competition in this market, which is promoted by cheap products from the Chinese market.

Božič also pointed out that Steklarna Hrastnik invested €2.8 million in the development of lighting glass unit over the past eight years; however, they are not satisfied with the results:

“We were intensely looking for ways to increase profitability and the scale of operations. Co-operation with well-known designers also failed to meet the expectations that would economically justify the continued existence of the programme.”

In 2018, Steklarna Hrastnik would have to invest at least an additional €2.5 million in furnace renewal, which would be an over-investment for a programme that is not profitable.

Since Steklarna Hrastnik is aware of the importance of glass factory for employees, mainly from Hrastnik and the surrounding municipalities, they have been looking for ways to optimise the production and retain all employees - which they will succeed with the planned restructuring of production.

All employees from the lighting glass production unit will be offered a redeployment within the company. "We will offer them conditions of employment that will be comparable with the current, if not better," said Peter Čas, General Director.

“The transition to new jobs will be gradual and employee-friendly. Nothing will happen overnight. Employees will be integrated into the mentoring system in order to get acquainted with new production technologies, learn new tasks, and thus make it easier to take on new jobs.”


The special glass packaging and perfume and cosmetic packaging market has been an opportunity for expansion, as demand has steadily increased in recent years.

The increase in demand was exceptionally high this year. “We have decided to take action now, when the market of special glass and perfume and cosmetic packaging enables opportunity for expansion,” said Mr Čas.

The packaging glass unit has no room for the integration of machines, equipment and logistics, which are needed to increase capacities. However, the lighting glass production areas will provide the opportunity to do precisely that.

The glass factory envisages more than a 30% increase for the packaging programme.The new investment cycle begins with the investment in the purchase of a new production machine (IS-machine) and the transfer of an additional machine to the Vitrum location.

By reorganising production, Steklarna Hrastnik will set the conditions for optimising production, raising profitability and new investments in the coming years.


AFGM chairman to provide keynote speech at Bangkok glass conference


Viwat Supatham, Chairman of the Asean Federation of Glass Manufacturers (AFGM), will provide the welcome speech at a conference devoted to Industry 4.0 in glassmaking.

 Mr Supatham is also Chairman of the Glass Manufacturers Industry Club at the Federation of Thai Industries (GMFTI) as well as General Manager at Siam Glass in Bangkok, Thailand.

He will provide the welcome speech to the Future Glass Forum, a free-to-attend conference dedicated to how digital glassmaking can improve the manufacturing process.

Mr Supatham will speak at 11am on Wednesday, January 24 at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC).

Other speakers at the two-day conference include technology partners such as Siemens, cm.project.ing, Heye International and Glass Service on day one.

Day two will include presentations from Xpar Vision, Iris Inspection machines, AGC Ceramics and PaneraTech.

The latest company to be included in the conference line-up is Italy’s Bottero. Its R&D Manager, Fabio Galliano will provide a presentation titled Managing the Glass Manufacturing Process on Thursday January 25th.

Fore more information visit http://www.glassmanevents.com/asia/

Zippe receives Wiegand-Glas batch house orders


German container glass manufacturer Wiegand-Glas has placed several orders recently with Zippe Industrieanlagen for its Steinbach am Wald plant.

The first order is for a new batch transport system from an existing batch house to the furnace. The challenge of the order is the installation of the belt bridge system.

The belt bridges need to be mounted without intervening in the glass plant’s operations. Commissioning of this batch transport will still be realised in 2017.

The largest order of this series is a new batch house. In 2018 it will be installed on the premises of a former batch plant. The new batch plant is designed to supply multiple furnaces.

It is equipped with two intensive mixers with a capacity of 2250 litreseach. The order also includes the connection to the batch transport for a new melting furnace.

This plant will start operations at the end of 2018.

One of the orders comprises a further batch transport system from the new batch house to an existing furnace.

This plant will also start operations at the end of 2018. Zippe will execute all thee orders on a turn-key basis.

Pic: 3D-View of the new batch house at Wiegand Steinbach’s plant (without cladding).

7th International Congress on Ceramics (ICC 7)


Abstracts are welcome for the ‘Frontiers in Glass Technology’ symposium held within the 7th International Congress on Ceramics.

The conference takes place in Foz de Iguaçū, Brazil, between June 17-21 2018.

All submissions and accepted talks should address innovative and relevant products and processes in the frontiers of glass technology. The invited speakers will be instructed to critically review and analyze the state-of-art of glass industries and products. 

Abstracts on the following subjects may be submitted:

Flat glass
Hollow/container glass
Fibre glass
Specialty glasses
Glass and communication
Glass and Sustainability
New melting concepts
Energy and emissions in the glass industry
Furnace equipment and refractories

Symposium Organizers:
Chairman: Mathieu Hubert, Corning Inc. 
E-mail: HubertM@corning.com

Co-chair: Mauro Akerman,  ABCeram, Brazil
E-mail: mauro.akerman@gmail.com 

Co-chair: Eduardo Bellini Ferreira, USP, Brazil 
E-mail: ebferreira@sc.usp.br

More information from http://www.icc7.com.br/symposium-06.php

O-I launches first global glass design book


Owens-Illinois (O-I) has launched a Global Design Book to provide inspiration for brand owners and design agencies looking for fresh ideas in glass for their foods and beverages.

O-I has drawn together more than 100 glass designs from around the world and the collection illustrates the beauty, versatility, brand differentiation, colour, shape and decoration variations available in glass in a way no other packaging material can match.

Andres Lopez, O-I’s CEO says in the foreword to the book: “Many studies tell us consumers love glass. It’s their favourite package. Only glass evokes wonder: the pleasure as you pick up an ice-cold beer bottle, the craving as you open a jar of your favourite spread, the anticipation as you watch the sommelier uncork your champagne.”

The entries are new product designs developed over the last few years by O- design teams either from a received brief or with customers’ design agencies across each of the five continents on which the company operates.

They show the breadth of O-I’s design expertise and also illustrate the different cultural norms which provide design cues for brands in each location.

“The book is more than selection of pretty pictures,” said Marie-Laure Susset, Marketing Communications Leader for O-I Europe.

“It relates a narrative of brand image and consumer trends over recent years. It tells of the growth of craft, of premiumization, or of healthy hydration.”

“I am grateful for the cooperation of all the brand owners whose products are featured in the book. It is very exciting to see so many great brands displayed page after page,” said Yolanda Fernandez, Marketing Communications Specialist Europe, who led the project.

The book is being distributed to O-I customers and design agencies around world. Further applications for a copy can be made to info@o-i.com

Pic: Carlsberg Group - The hop leaf embossing plus the scallop design of the body area represent the two main attributes of this beer - fruitiness, with citrus and floral notes.

Verallia names glass design awards winners


Verallia has named the winner of the grand finale of its design competition, Verallia Design Awards.

Aura Ramos, Deniz Dönmez and Rohit Sahas Rabudhe, three students from the Italian edition of the constest, were selected for their project DeFiasco, a bottle for the wine market.

In 2017, Verallia Design Awards were held in seven countries: Germany, Brazil, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal and Ukraine.

Almost 1,000 art or design school students and recent graduates designed a glass container based on a given theme.

The participants were provided with support from the Verallia teams, in particular to provide them with details about glass and its manufacturing requirements.

Some designs have even been selected for commercial release. Such was the case of the Soirée à Rosé bottle (designed by the winner of the first competition in 2010), marketed and sold by Gérard Betrand, and the Serac bottle (winner in 2016), selected by Maison du sud – Jeanjean. These two products have enjoyed international success.

As the number of young designers presenting a project has increased each year and as customers are keen to explore new ideas, Verallia decided to open up its competition at an international level and prepare this first grand finale.

The competitors are all winners of the various national competitions.

Italy’s project De Fiasco was singled out by the jury meeting in Paris whose members include seven finalists, customers, professional designers, journalists and Verallia’s sales and marketing teams.

Drawing its inspiration from a typically Italian flask-shaped bottle, De Fiasco is a new interpretation of an old bottle which at the time combined various materials (straw, laces and glass), to provide a 100% glass modern version. The original bottle finishing using straw and laces has been replaced with external engraving.

“With the Verallia Design Awards, we are encouraging a privileged exchange with young designers around glass. We are also providing our customers with an unprecedented innovation approach, as reflected in the various sales success stories since the competition was introduced,” said Michel Giannuzzi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Verallia Group at the ceremony.

Society of Glass Technology honours Fellows at annual dinner


Society of Glass Technology (SGT) President, Bill Brookes, set an optimistic tone at its annual Christmas dinner dance, writes Sally Roberts.

The event, organised by the Yorkshire section of the SGT, was the 83rd of its kind and was well attended by UK glass manufacturers, suppliers and industry veterans.

During the event, the society’s recently elected President Bill Brookes called on the glass industry as a whole to support the SGT and its efforts, as well as underlining that he is eager to better understand how the SGT can help the industry.

“I’d like to say thank you, it is an honour and a privilege to be asked to do this.

“It would appear that the British glass industry, despite everything, their demise has been sadly and greatly over exaggerated. It is great to see you all here tonight.

“I would like to go and visit as many clients and companies in the UK as possible, during the time that I am President.

“When I come to see you, I will want to talk about what the industry wants, and what we can do for you.

“One of the things we really want to know is what can the SGT do for you – and of course, you must expect that naturally I will want to sell the society and encourage as many people as possible to join as members.”

He also thanked the Yorkshire section and its committee for organising the event, with a special mention to Christine Brown for all the work she does, and to the sponsors.

During the dinner a special mention was also given to Guardian’s Richard Hulme, who last year was made Honorary Centenary Fellow of the SGT – a prestigious position that is only awarded once every 100 years.

New appointments were also made, with DSF’s Trevor Wilson being elected to the fellowship of the society and Brian McMillan accepted as Honorary Fellow, the highest honour that can be awarded by the Society.

Pictured Above: Brian McMillan receiving his Hon FSGT from Bill Brookes, SGT President.

The Board of Fellows had considered, among other things, his achievements as Technical Director in the glass industry in making the decision.

Marc Brew received an Award for Service.

A total of 164 people attended with many from manufacturers such as Saint-Gobain, Stölzle and Beatson Clark as well as suppliers to the industry.

The event took place at Oulton Hall, just outside Leeds, UK.

Pictured Top: DSF's Trevor Wilson receiving his FSGT from SGT President, Bill Brookes.

(Pics courtesy of Black Tie Events - Richard Walker)

Limited spaces available at Bangkok Industry 4.0 in glass conference


A free to attend conference about Industry 4.0 in glassmaking is proving to be popular with visitors.

The Future Glass Forum is dedicated to digital glassmaking and features 13 speakers over two days. The conference is free to attend but, such has been the interest in the event, delegates are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

The conference programme includes Siemens, Glass Service, Iris Inpsection Machines, Xpar Vision and Heye International, who will discuss how Industry 4.0 can improve the glassmaking process.

Viwat Supatham, Chaorman of the Glass manufacturers Industry Club of Thailand,  will provide the welcome speech to the conference.

It tales place at the BITEC centre in Bangkok, Thailand on January 24 and 25.

To register to attend the event, visit here https://www.worldregistrationsystems.com/quartz_glassasia18_visreg-2.htm?p=asia/register

The conference programme is here http://www.glassmanevents.com/asia/future-glass-forum

Heye inspection solutions for smart glass plants


Self-learning systems are one of the cornerstones of Industry 4.0.

Heye International's Ranger 2 camera check detection is a market solution. Heye’s product strategy, integrating latest camera solutions, remains unchanged.

Ranger 2’s Intelligent Cloud Masking System creates an individual cover area for non-critical reflections, avoiding influences from reference containers while keeping the mask as small as possible.

The self-learning system does not require manually selecting/inspecting hundreds of check-free reference containers in order to adjust the system. Ranger 2 is scalable for horizontal, vertical, shoulder or bottom checks. It is fully available in every country without any legal restriction.

Apart from advanced camera and non-contact solutions, smart data is the key. The Heye PlantPilot collects and aggregates production data in the plant.

The borders between Hot End and Cold End will disappear, information is shared on the spot.

Tracking and tracing as well as the possibility of creating user-specific analysis are additional components, allowing continuous improvement processes to increase productivity.

*Heye International will speak at the forthcoming Future Glass Forum in Bangkok, Thailand. It will discuss the Heye Smart Plant on Wednesday January 24th at the free to attend event at the BITEC centre. More information about the event at http://www.glassmanevents.com/asia/future-glass-forum

American Glass Research opens Netherlands testing laboratory


Agr International's American Glass Research division has opened a European testing laboratory in Delft, the Netherlands to serve glass manufacturing and beverage filling industries. 

Featuring modern analysis and testing equipment, the new lab can be used to carry out a range of testing services, including performance testing of glass packaging. 

The lab will also be used for fracture diagnosis, proof-of-design testing, dimensional evaluation and analysis of label, decoration and closure issues. 

Agr testing laboratory is also suitable for evaluation of coating performance, audit of glass plant operations, filling line audits, glass technical consultancy and training and seminars. 

In addition, the lab provides resources from AGR North American offices for material analysis, glass quality and complete container design and development. 

Pic: Henry Dimmick, Jr., CEO Agr International, Bill Slusser, AGR Director of Research and Peter de Haan, Senior Scientist/Manager of the Delft Office, met with local officials.

Press Glass to build 12th production facility


Poland’s Press Glass is to build another production facility.

The 20,000m2 facility will be constructed in the Kostrzyn-Słubice Special Economic Zone in the municipality of Nowogard in the West Pomeranian Province of Poland.

The company bought a plot of 6 hectares of land on 5 December 2017 for the purpose.

The site will be Press Glass’s 12th manufacturing facility and production will start in the second half of 2018. The facility will increase its production capacity and employment in several stages.

As a target, 300 persons will be employed in Nowogard. The facility will expand the potential to service manufacturers of window and door joinery in Poland and other countries in Northern and Western Europe.

Nowogard proved to be the best location for the company. The decision was influenced by its geographical location, transportation infrastructure and technical infrastructure of the zone as well as previous cooperation with the local authorities and the management of the economic zone.

The core business of Press Glass is the processing flat glass for construction. The products offered by the group can be found in the markets of a majority of European countries as well as in North America and Asia. 

Iris offers support for glass customers in South-East Asia


Iris Inspection machines has strengthened its dedicated engineering support and spare parts to hollow glass industry customers throughout South East Asia.

In collaboration with Upper House Engineering of Bangkok, support is available 24 hours/day, seven days/week via a team of three engineers who speak Thai and English.

This includes all remote services for Evolution inspection machines connected to a network and in particular, diagnostics and remote adjustments.

Since the company’s creation in 2002, Iris has developed a strong presence in South East Asia, with more than 200 machines operating in Thailand alone.

Domestic customers include Bangkok Glass Industry, L Lighting Glass, Siam Glass Industry, Thai Glass Industries and Wellgrow Glass Industry.

Further orders have been received in recent weeks from Bangkok Glass Industry for installation during 2018.

Iris Inspection machines will participate at the Glassman Asia exhibition at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre on 24-25 January 2018.

The team looks forward to welcoming existing and new customers to Stand No E06 and to presenting its latest camera-based inspection equipment solutions for glass container and tableware production. 

Pictured: Mr Thanawat Kingkaewkanethong, Managing Director, Upper House Engineering

Verallia students graduate from glass school


In Chalon-sur-Saône, France nine students from the second promotion of Verallia’s glass school were awarded their diploma, together with an employment contract.

Over two years, they followed a demanding training course to become experts in the hot end: the section of glass factories where molten material is transformed into bottles. 

Founded in 2013, the Verallia glass school in France trains the future technical managers and supervisors of Verallia France’s seven glass plants.

The two-year course accelerates the transfer of knowledge for expert positions, to which employees gain access traditionally after ten years of internal training.

Xinyi Glass Holdings to open Canadian float glass plant


China’s Xinyi Glass Holdings has selected Ontario, Canada as the location for its first North American manufacturing facility, a float glass plant. 

Xinyi’s planned CAD450 million investment, outlined in an agreement in principle signed between Xinyi and the province, would create 400 jobs in Ontario.

Uzbek glass container plant plans to invest $178 million


Uzbekistan glass container manufacturer Asl Ojna plans to implement eight investment projects by 2021 with a total estimated cost of $178 million.

The company will triple the production of glassware from 200 million to 600 million conventional units a year thanks to the construction and commissioning of  numbers 3, 4 and 5 glass melting furnaces and a raw materials enrichment plant for glass production worth $130 million.

It has also appointed Farid Safargariev as Acting Director.

The National Bank for Foreign Economic Affairs of Uzbekistan will invest $30 million in the projects. The project will attract loan funds from the Fund for Reconstruction and Development of Uzbekistan for $100 million.

Asl Oyna also intends to build a plant for the production of soft drinks worth $5 million and capacity of 10 million litres of beverages per year until 2019.

The enterprise plans to create facilities for the production of beer and alcoholic beverages. 10 million tons of beer will be sent to the beer factory with a capacity of 10,000 tons and 600,000 decaliters worth $6 million.

It started glass production in 2009.

Horn Glass Industries buys Zippe Vibrotube batch chargers


Zippe has sold two Vibrotube batch charger’s to fellow German company Horn.

The batch chargers will be used by Slovakian end customer Vetropack Nemsova.

Zippe said its Vibrotube batch charger stands out due to its fully sealed dog house inlet in comparison to conventional chargers on the market, with less wear, an improved batch dispersion in the melting bath, better adjustment possibilities as well as energy savings.

Middle East glass manufacturer completes Vertech installation


Saudi Arabian Glass Company completes the SIL solution with SIL modules for moulds, pallets and KPIs.

Saudi Arabian Glass Company (SAGCO), has recently completed the installation of Vertech’s SILsolutiuon  with several modules in its Jeddah plant.

The plant, which has already relied on SIL for production line monitoring on 13 lines, was first equipped with SILC ten years ago.

The SIL solution on site is now a complete solution, with SILMould for the management of mould sets and repairs on moulds, Pallet Audit to track defected pallets, SILC on printing line and SILX for the follow up of Key Performance Indicators.

SAGCO is a major glass manufacturer in the Middle East, producing a large range of containers with high quality standards from glass composition to finished containers.

German court rules in favour of Tiama over Atlas patent


In its decision dated September 19, 2017 (file No. X ZR 114 /15) the German Federal Supreme Court (BGH) ruled in favour of Tiama.

It was declared that the German part of the Tiama’s European Patent 1 147 405 is valid and can be opposed to infringes. 

The Düsseldorf’s civil court had earlier taken a final and binding decision on infringement.

The validity of the patent had been questioned by Heye International. Germany’s highest patent court found that:

·         the patent fulfilled the requirements of a novelty and inventive step; and

·         the challenges brought against the patent were unfounded.

The judgment is the latest episode in Tiama’s efforts to defend its intellectual property.

Tiama said: “With the validity of this key patent confirmed, Tiama will keep on seeking damage claims against users of this technology.

“Tiama will continue to vigourously defend its intellectual property portfolio. We will protect the company’s R&D efforts and hope that continued enforcement will eventually discourage further competitors from infringing our proprietary patented technologies.”

In response, Heye International said the product was no longer on the market and that its product strategy remained unchanged. Its new product, Ranger 2, camera check detection system is now fully available on the market.

RHI completes Magnesita merger


Refractories supplier RHI has completed its merger with Magnesita Refractories.

The European Commission approved the combination of RHI AG and Magnesita Refratarios in June provided RHI sold its entire dolomite business in the European Economic Area, which concerned production sites in Marone; Italy, and Lugones; Spain.

Magnesita had to sell its production, sale, and related activities of magnesia-carbon bricks in the EEA, concentrated in Oberhausen; Germany.

On September 8, 2017, RHI AG and Magnesita agreed to sell these plants to Intocast Aktiengesellschaft Feuerfest-Produkte und Gießhilfsmittel for €42.6m in September. 

The deal was subject to buyer approval by the European Commission, which has now been obtained.

€40.0m is payable upon completion and €2.6m will be paid on the second anniversary of the closing date. The new company is called RHI Magnesita.

Related Glass Industry News

Speakers confirmed for Bangkok glass conference


A total of 13 speakers have been confirmed to speak at a free Industry 4.0 themed conference in Thailand.

The speakers are a combination of glass technology suppliers, manufacturers and associations.

It takes place at the Glassman Asia event in Bangkok, Thailand on January 24 and 25.

Presentations will be in English with a free translation service in Thai provided. 

Viwat Supatham, Chairman of the Glass Manufacturers Industry Club, The Federation of Thai Industries (GMFTI) will open the conference with a welcome speech.

Presentations devoted to Industry 4.0 will be delivered by Iris Inspection machines, Siemens, Heye International, Glass Service, Xpar Vision, AGC Ceramics, cm.project.ing and Paneratech.

A second conference, titled Technology in Glassmaking, will include AGR International, Pneumofore and Eurotherm.

Registration for the free to attend conference is open and is available here.


Corning adds jobs to Valor Glass site in New York


Corning has invested in its Valor Glass site that will create 185 new jobs and support more than 380 jobs overall in the Southern Tier of New York, USA.

The new jobs will be located at the Corning Innovation Support Center (CISC) in Big Flats and at Corning's Research and Development Facility at Sullivan Park in Erwin.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Corning's investment during a visit at Sullivan Park hosted by Wendell P. Weeks, Corning chairman, chief executive officer, and president.

"Corning has been a beacon of enterprise and innovation for decades, and this new expansion builds on our efforts to spur development and job growth for the Southern Tier," Gov. Cuomo said.

Corning has been awarded incentives from Empire State Development, New York State's chief economic development agency, in the form of a $6 million capital grant to purchase manufacturing equipment and make infrastructure improvements.

"Valor Glass was invented here in the Southern Tier so it is only fitting our first significant manufacturing operation be located here," Weeks said.

Developing and manufacturing Valor Glass in the Southern Tier is part of Corning's plan announced in July to invest $500 million and create 1000 new US jobs.

To further support the production and delivery of Valor Glass, Corning will also add jobs in the future at an existing facility in Vineland, New Jersey, and at a location in the Southeast United States.

Valor Glass reduces particle contamination, breaks and cracks while increasing throughput. As a result, Valor helps protect patients and improves pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Encirc opens rail terminal for glass cullet


UK glass container manufacturer and bottler, Encirc, has received its first shipment of recycled cullet to its new purpose-built railhead in Elton, Cheshire.

The delivery marks the opening of the new terminal, which is expected to reduce Encirc’s operational carbon emissions by more than 2400 tonnes every year.

The new railhead also will allow the manufacturer to receive 78% of the sand it needs by rail. By connecting to the British rail network, Encirc is considerably reducing its reliance on roads by around 6600 HGV journeys every year.

The site the manufacturer occupies in Elton was once a power station that operated its own railhead. Since opening its Cheshire plant in 2005, Encirc has invested in redeveloping the trainline.

Andrew Morris, Head of Logistics, Encirc said: “The reopening of the railhead has been a ground-breaking development for us. We know that our customers – much like ourselves – place sustainability high on their list of priorities.

“By investing in our new terminal, we can continue to make their supply chains more environmentally responsible, and considerably reduce the carbon footprint of our containers we produce.

 “Our railhead is an excellent example of how a business can also embrace past technologies to offer sustainable solutions for the future.”

The November shipment comprised 1600 tonnes of recycled cullet from the UK’s largest glass recycler, United Resource Management (URM).

Mark Wilson, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of URM, added: “URM has invested £20m in the latest recycling technology in a new facility based at Tilbury Dock, London.

 “The site was chosen due to its proximity to the London market and connectivity by both rail and ship that will divert significant movements of product away from road.

"We are delighted to be supplying Encirc with product by rail under a long term partnering arrangement that has sustainability at its very heart.”

Glaston sells FC Series double-chamber glass furnace to China


Glaston has closed a deal for an FC Series double-chamber tempering furnace to Shanghai Yaohua Pilkington Glass Group Co., Ltd (SYP Group).

The machine will be delivered to the customer in spring 2018.

SYP Group, established in 1983, is one of China’s biggest glass manufacturers in the architectural segment. Through on-going research and development, SYP Group strives for continuous manufacturing improvements in areas related to high performance, energy efficiency, safety and sustainability, offering products such as Low-E coated glass, solar power systems and energy-saving insulated glass units.

As demand for high quality glass is growing in China, SYP Group chose the FC furnace for its stability and advanced technology.

“As quality requirements are tightening, SYP needed a new tempering furnace with latest technology for capacity, energy efficiency and optical quality of the end product.

"The new FC Series furnace includes also the iLooK Distortion and Anisotropy online glass quality measurement system and the furnace meets all the tempering requirements that SYP was looking for,” says Frank Zhang, SVP, Sales and Service, Asia of Glaston Corporation.

“After much thought, we finally chose the Glaston FC Series furnace, and we believe this will be another breakthrough for our already long-term cooperation,” says Ms. LU Ming Hong, Vice President of SYP Group. 

During the last 22 years, Glaston has provided SYP with 22 high quality tempering furnaces for glass used in state-of-the art buildings

Korea’s Kumbi Corp selects Heye inspection machine


South Korea’s glass container manufacturer Kumbi Corp has installed Heye International’s latest SmartLine check inspection equipment at its Incheon and Onyang manufacturing sites.

The SmartLine device includes Heye’s latest cold end equipment innovations, including a high speed outfeed belt, multi servo drives, high precision check detection and multi-point non-contact thickness detection.

The equipment replaces existing inspection machines at Kumbi’s two factories, which have been completely modernised and feature fully automated inspection capabilities at Incheon and Onyang.

High performance inspection, a reduction of spare parts inventories, reduced operating costs and the Smartline’s digitalisation capabilities were essential elements of Kumbi’s purchasing decision.

The SmartLine was manufactured entirely at Heye’s Obernkirchen factory in Germany, while Kumbi’s operational team was trained both at the Heye cold end training centre and at neighbouring glassworks.

Basics of Combustion in Glass Melting Furnaces, Troubleshooting and Defect Analysis


This one day training course will be held on Thursday 11th January 2018 at The Society of Glass Technology, Chapeltown, Sheffield and is aimed at Batch and Furnace department and associated personnel.

The primary audience is furnace operators, supervisors and supporting staff in Environmental, Maintenance, Engineers and related Suppliers.  Upon completion of the workshop participants should be;

- aware of basic combustion technology within the context of energy utilisation and emissions legislation;
- able to describe the basic processes of burner adjustment for good furnace operation;
- confident in applying a troubleshooting and combustion optimisation processes;
- able to relate the identification of glass defects to indicators of furnace operation;
- aware of oxy-fuel and emerging burner technologies.

As a result of recent emission legislation many plants have to meet increased emissions limits specifically for NOx.

In many companies there are only one or two personnel who know how the current Low NOx burners work and have the confidence to adjust burners.

This is frequently the highest single point of energy utilisation on a glass plant. The primary goal of the morning session is to give all operators a basic understanding of combustion and burner adjustment for good furnace operation with confidence to start the troubleshooting or optimisation process.

CelSian will present a one hour presentation on the basics of glass defects arising from the furnace since this is often what highlights the existence of a combustion problem and GTS will provide a one hour practical workshop session on defects analysis and include a tour of their laboratory.  To conclude there will be an overview of oxy-fuel and other new technology.

Cost: £475 plus VAT per person including lunch and refreshments.                                                                                         

A certificate of attendance will be provided and pdf of critical slides. (Discount £398 plus VAT for Members of the Society of Glass Technology, British Glass and Glass Trend).                                   

Contact scecombustioncourse@gmail.com  to reserve places or further details.


Industry 4.0 in glassmaking conference takes shape


Leading container glass suppliers will talk about Industry 4.0 in glassmaking at a forthcoming conference.

The Future Glass Forum will highlight the benefits to be gained from using digital technology in glassmaking.

The free to attend two-day conference includes companies such as Siemens, Heye International, AGC Ceramics, Glass Service and cm.project.ing.

The conference schedule is available here.

The conference takes place alongside the Glassman Asia event in Bangkok, Thailand on January 24 and 25.


Bangkok Float Glass plans second furnace and factory


Bangkok Float Glass (BGF) plans to invest Bt7.5 billion ($229.7 million) in another furnace and factory in the next five years, reports The Nation

The facility expansion is line with the company’s business plan to boost sale revenue from Bt500 million ($15.3 million) this year to approximately Bt4 billion ($122.5 million) over the period, to be driven by exports.

The company’s goal is to be a leading glass manufacturer and distributor in Asean.

BGF is a manufacturer and distributor of float glass panels under the Bangkok Glass (BG) company.

BGF recently launched its first glass factory with a production capacity of 219,000 tonnes per year. BGF Float Glass is located in Srimahaphote, Prachinburi, Thailand covering an area of 150 rais. 

The factory’s construction budget of Bt5 billion has taken into accounts an expansion in capacity to meet demand in both domestic and other Asean markets. Source and full story The Nation


Ardagh Group wins Packaging Company of the Year


Ardagh Group was awarded the Packaging Company of the Year at the UK Packaging Awards, held in London this week.

In making their decision the judges commented: “It has been a transformational year for Ardagh. Material acquisition bedded down and listed on NYSE.  The clear winner of packaging company of the year.”

Paul Coulson, Chairman and Chief Executive of Ardagh said: “We are delighted to win this fantastic award, which reflects our long-established record of investment in product innovation, operational excellence and sustainability.

“All 2,500 colleagues at our nine UK plants have contributed to Ardagh’s successful development into a leading global packaging group over the past two decades, and can feel justifiably proud of this latest accolade. We remain focused on the further growth and development of our business in the UK and globally.”  

The company is also delighted to win the Glass Pack of the Year Award (Other Drinks and Foods) for its Duerr’s preserve jar that looks and feels like citrus peel.

Judges were impressed by the design in the intricate detailing of the Duerr’s jar texture, and said: “It is wonderfully tactile and aesthetically pleasing, this is an attractive pack with clever orange peel imitation. It should certainly appeal to the intended younger consumer.”

Şişecam’s net sales increase 32% in first nine months


Şişecam Group reported consolidated net sales of TL 8 billion ($2.02 billion) and a net profit of TL 1.2 billion ($303.4 million) in the first nine months of 2017.

In the same period, Şişecam, a group with manufacturing activities in 13 countries in three continents and sales in all around the world, produced 3.6 million tons of glass, 1.7 million tons of soda and 2.7 million tons of industrial raw materials.

Prof. Ahmet Kırman, Şişecam Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said: “The share of our international sales representing the total amount of exports from Turkey and sales from overseas production is 58% in our consolidated sales.

“During the same period, international sales volume reached TL 4.6 billion. Thanks to ongoing efforts to optimise the cost structure and the geographical distribution of production activities, consolidated EBITDA reached TL 2.2 billion in the same period.”

Şişecam reported total investments of TL 556 million and continued to support the national economy with an export volume of US$489 million in the first nine months of 2017.

"Efforts to optimise production facilities and the cost structure will continue at an increased pace, with a special emphasis on increased use of automated systems," Kırman added.

The group's consolidated EBITDA reached TL 2.2 billion for the first nine months.

Şişecam Group increased its total consolidated net sales revenue by 32.2% year-over-year in the same period.

Bulgaria forms glass association


The Bulgarian glass industry is to be represented by the Association of Glass Producers in Bulgaria

The Association of Glass Producers in Bulgaria brings together the members of the glass industry in Bulgaria.

The main objective of the association is to represent the interests of the entire Bulgarian glass industry at home and within the European Union.

Lydia Shouleva, President of the Association of Glass Producers, said: “The Bulgarian glass industry has made great progress in the last decade, thanks to the investments of the manufacturers, particularly in flat glass, automotive glass and glassware.

“The establishment of this association is a crucial step forward for the glass industry. The association will support the industry via its expertise and aims to be an effective platform to address and overcome the industry’s challenges.”

The association was officially registered on 26 June 2017 in Sofia and held its first regular assembly on 25 September 2017.

Sisecam glass packaging to install Xpar technology in Turkish plants


Sişecam’s Glass Packaging unit is to install Xpar Vision hot end technology at its plants in Yenisehir, Eskisehir and Mersin, Turkey.

The installation of Xpar Vision’s InfraRed Gobweight Control (IGC) systems at its blow-blow production lines means the Turkish glass packaging company can extend the control of the forming process by automatic closed loop control of the weight of the gobs, performed by IGC.

This development by Xpar Vision allows the plant’s operators to gain in ease-of-use operation while receiving the benefits of the automated closed loop to regulate stable weight of the bottles produced, with an accuracy of less than 0.3% of the bottle weight.

Mr. Cengizhan Göçer, Production Manager of the Eskisehir plant said: “We have installed the IGC systems in several blow-blow production lines and we  appreciate their performance.

"For our most important customers we decided to install more automatic control systems to increase the stability and repeatability of the bottle forming process.”

Mr. Mustafa Çetiner, Vice President, Production at Şişecam Glass Packaging group, stated: “The systems help us increase our performance in terms of quality and output.

"The technology allows our operators and specialists to reduce the variations in the forming process.”

Sişecam Glass Packaging is a container glass manufacturer that makes glass for the Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical and Cosmetics sectors.

Sisecam to build new furnace at Eskişehir glass packaging factory


Sisecam is to build a 410t/d furnace at its Eskişehir glass packaging factory in Turkey.

Şişecam will increase the annual production capacity of glass packaging in Turkey to approximately 1.2 million tons by launching the new furnace that will be equipped with new technology in accordance with Industry 4.0 and have a production capacity of 150 thousand tons per year.

Heinz-Glas unveils digital flacon


Heinz-Glas has unveiled a flacon that features a digital screen on its front.

The Times Square perfume bottle has a digital screen to where consumers can upload a message, video or music.

Whenever the consumer lifts the bottle, the flacon plays the selected media, such as a song or film footage.

The company has been working in partnership with the multimedia business DS.Xpress for two years to design and make the bottle.

Virginia Elliott, Chief Sales Officer at Heinz-Glas said: “This new next generation flacon is the integration of the digital era with classic glassmaking. This is the beginning of being able to so something we never thought possible.”

The refillable Flacon means customers can personalise their own bottle. In order to do so they have to register on the Heinz-Glas website.

The flacon can be customised with a personal message and optimised in an intuitive way.

The customer can upload their own images, videos and music, they can select their favourites and send them to the flacon.

Ms Elliott said: “You can give this as a present to a loved one and they will not just have a nice experience with the perfume but with the flacon as well.”

Tests had been carried out to ensure the screen does not react if the alcoholic content of the bottle splashes onto it.

Second and third generation bottles are planned in six months and in a year’s time, she said.

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Thai hollow glass exhibition: limited stands available


Only a limited number of exhibition booths are still available at the Glassman Asia event to be held in Thailand in January.

The combined exhibition and conference focuses on hollow and container glass manufacturing.

Confirmed exhibitors include technology suppliers to these sectors, including Antonini, BDF Industries, DuraTemp, Emmeti, FIC UK, Heye International, Horn, PSR, Sorg, Xpar Vision and Zippe

The accompanying free-to-attend conference, titled the Future Glass Forum, will focus on Industry 4.0 in container glassmaking. Speakers include Siemens, Glass Service of the Czech Republic, Iris Inspection machines and AGC ceramics.

More information at www.glassmanevents.com/asia

Basics of Combustion in Glass Melting Furnaces and Defect Analysis course


The Basics of Combustion in Glass Melting Furnaces and Defect Analysis is a one-day training course.

It will be at The Society of Glass Technology, Chapeltown, Sheffield, UK and is aimed at B&F Operators and supporting team/suppliers.

 Whilst focus and majority of course by Neil Simpson is on the operation and adjustments of the burner, CelSian will cover basic theory of defect analysis and GTS will provide a one-hour practical workshop session on defects analysis and include a tour of their laboratory to complement the impacts.  

It will take place on Thursday, January 11th, 2018.

More details to follow.

PepsiCo India to use non-returnable glass bottles


PepsiCo India Holdings will use non-returnable glass bottles for its packaging for the first time.

The Indian subsidiary of US food and beverages company PepsiCo has introduced the non-returnable glass bottle with a twist-and-turn cap for its Pepsi Black zero-calorie carbonated beverage, reports Live Mint.

This is the first time the carbonated beverage maker has sold cola in glass bottles that consumers do not need to return at the point of sale.

Until this point, Pepsi Black had been available in cans and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles.

Non-returnable glass bottles have their advantages. “Cola is best enjoyed chilled and from a glass bottle. Non-returnable glass bottles also make on-the-go consumption possible. And these bottles can be re-used at home. This is an experience driven packaging disruption,” said Raj Rishi Singh, director (marketing for Pepsi), PepsiCo India.

The company will initially sell Pepsi Black in non-returnable glass bottles in metro cities, and will extend the reach to other towns.

The price will remain the same as the price of cans. Like 250ml cans, the 250ml non-returnable glass bottles are available at Rs25.

The company will not drastically move to the new form of packaging. It will initially be restricted to niche products such as Pepsi Black.

The company is also selling the sparkling version of Himalayan, a water brand owned by NourishCo Beverages in ‘well-designed glass bottles’ that was earlier sold in PET. NourishCo Beverages is a joint venture between Tata Global Beverages Ltd and PepsiCo.

Vitro Glass’ Fresno plant marks 50 years of glassmaking


Vitro Architectural Glass’s Fresno, California, float glass manufacturing plant is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The milestone comes as the facility implements new technology to enhance the environmental performance of the glass-manufacturing process for Starphire Ultra-Clear glass and other residential and commercial flat glass products.

The process, which involves injecting ammonia into the facility’s oxygen-fueled (oxy-fuel) glass furnace, will reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, making it one of the lowest NOx-emitting float glass plants in the US.

Using cleaner, more environmentally advanced processes in its operations has been a hallmark of the plant’s efforts to manufacture glass more efficiently and reduce its carbon footprint.

In 2000 Fresno became the first flat glass manufacturing plant in the company to install and operate an oxy-fuel float tank. At the time, the facility was the lowest NOx-emitting plant in the US.

In 2014 the float glass tank was relined and a new furnace was installed. That summer, the plant started manufacturing Starphire Ultra-Clear glass with oxy-fuel furnace technology.

Starphire glass is believed to be the only ultra-low-iron glass in the world manufactured on an oxy-fuel float glass line.

Operated with Vitro-owned and patented technology, the furnace uses oxygen to combust sand, silica and other raw materials, reducing natural gas consumption by 15%, carbon emissions by 10% and NOx emissions by more than 50% compared to traditional gas/air-fired glass furnaces.

The Fresno plant is one of only six flat glass production facilities worldwide to use this process in its manufacturing operations.

The plant was acquired by Vitro Glass in 2016 when the company purchased PPG’s flat glass manufacturing and glass coatings operations in the US and Canada.

 The Fresno plant employs 150 people and produces 600 tons of glass per day, ranging in thickness from 2.5 to 12mm.

Javier Gutierrez, plant manager, said: “We’ve made excellent progress improving our furnace operation, and we’ve made numerous upgrades throughout the plant to ensure that we’re safe, productive and efficient.”


Verescence unveils €30 million glass investment at Mers-Les-Bains plant


French perfumery and cosmetic glass manufacturer Verescence has unveiled its largest glass melting furnace at its flagship plant.

It spent €30 million to renovate its Mers-Les-Bains site in the Somme region of France, of which €11 million was spent for the reconstruction of the furnace.

The investment was part of its Excellence 2018 plan and more specifically the Mers 2018 plan.

The new furnace has a reduced energy consumption of 15% and a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions.

The furnace is the group’s largest with an output capacity of 700,000 bottles per day.

The furnace is dedicated to bottles made with Xtra Flint glass, a glass of an outstanding quality and appreciated by high-end perfumery players for its brightness and transparency.

The rebuilding of the furnace was also an opportunity to renovate the entire manufacturing area through various improvements both in terms of work efficiency and working conditions.

The modernisation process was designed with the aim to improve the plant’s amenities (social areas, offices), some of which are still ongoing and offering more modern and comfortable work and rest areas for the employees.

Verescence is the only glassmaker to have been certified in all its European plants according to the Best Manufacturing Practices in the cosmetic industry.

Glass appreciation – an introduction to glass


Glass Appreciation is an introductory course ideal for those joining the glass industry or working in roles for procurement, design, supply and use of glass items, organised by Glass Technology Services (GTS).

The one-day course introduces delegates to glass manufacture and processing, glass properties, environmental, recycling and quality considerations and also includes hands-on practical sessions on melting and inspection of glass items.

To be delivered on behalf of British Glass, the next glass appreciation course has been scheduled for Thursday, 30 November 2017 at British Glass in Sheffield, UK.

Places are strictly limited in order to encourage an informal atmosphere, increased levels of interaction and participation, allow for hands-on practical sessions and to provide opportunities for delegates to focus on examples specific to their own areas of work and experience.

The course is delivered in an informative, interactive, format by leading specialists in their respective fields. Key topics from manufacture, processing and fundamental chemistry to glass properties, defects and failure are covered in an accessible format - making this an ideal introduction for anyone working in glass or otherwise dealing with glass products or issues.

Whether delegates design, make, source, sell or reuse glass, this course will provide them with the understanding to improve their work with this complex material.

For further information, or to book, please visit the British Glass website: http://www.britglass.org.uk/glass-appreciation-2 

Photo source: Matej Kastelic / Shutterstock.com

Orda Glass closer to completion


Stewart Engineers, an investor, EPC contractor, and technical advisor for the Orda Glass facility in Kazakhstan has completed the process steel installation for the project.

The 600tonnes/day facility will be Kazakhstan’s first float production line and is due to be completed in 2018.

China Triumph engineering group has recently been added to the project, taking over civil construction from a domestic builder.

On completion, the site It will manufacture products including pyrolytic nanotechnology coated glass (low-e pro, solar control, reflective, TCO) with glass thickness ranging from 2-12mm, as well as architectural and automotive glass.

Orda Glass will also have laminating capabilities with future expansion to other value added products.

Guardian Glass launches emissions control system in Luxembourg


Guardian Glass has inaugurated an emissions control system at its Dudelange, Luxembourg float plant.

Mrs. Carole Dieschbourg, Luxembourg’s Minister of the Environment, and Mr. Dan Biancalana, Mayor of Dudelange, joined Guardian Glass in Europe leadership for the official inauguration of the control system.

Guus Boekhoudt, Vice President of Guardian Glass in Europe; Jose Miguel Villacorta, Dudelange Plant Manager, and Jean Ries, Director Government and Public Affairs Guardian Europe all also witnessed the massive installation that reduces NOx, SOx and dust from the float glass process.

The control system has been fully operational for four months and ensures the Dudelange plant complies with limits set by the Luxembourgish Environment Agency and with the EU Industrial Emission directive. A similar system was installed at the Guardian Glass Bascharage, Luxembourg plant in 2013.

“With this new emissions control system, Guardian Glass affirms its commitment to the efficient use of natural resources while operating in a way that protects the safety, health and well-being of its employees, the environment and the communities in which it operates,” said Guus Boekhoudt.

ilis delivers 100th StrainScope Polarimeter to Spanish glassmaker


Germany’s ilis has installed its 100th StrainScope real time polarimeter.

The 100th installed instrument is a StrainScope S4/20 cord tester for Vidrieras Canarias, in Las Palmas, Spain (part of the Verallia group) and is used to perform fast and easy measurement of cord stresses close to production.

A steadily growing worldwide customer base appreciates the reliable and operator-independent instruments of the StrainScope series, which are optimised for various stress measurement tasks.

The robust housing and user-friendly software interface make the StrainScope a versatile and reliable tool for industrial quality assurance and process optimisation.

Also available in the hollow glass product range are the StrainScope S3/180  for objective and quick measurement of annealing stress and the StrainScope S3/30 immersion polarimeter for measurement of wall stresses in thermally strengthened tableware.

 Henning Katte, Managing Director of ilis: “The whole team at ilis is proud of the StrainScope’s technical and commercial success. We thank all customers and partners for the excellent business relationships and we are looking forward to expand this in the following years. ”

 The excellent performance of the StrainCam polarisation camera, developed by ilis and used in all StrainScopes, also allows exciting new products in the field of inline stress measurement, for example the new StrainScanner for continuous 100% monitoring of residual stress in flat glass.

AGC Glass orders Zippe equipment


AGC Glass has ordered a batch plant and cullet return system from Zippe for its second glass float line in Guaratingueta, Brazil.

Zippe will supply the entire plant with the exception of the concrete works turn-key.

AGC and Zippe will both rely on on a Siemens SPS System S7 400H control system.

AGC aims for the best quality in weighing and chose a solution from Zippe.

Zippe’s standard remote access was implemented in order to realise future plant extensions and modifications as efficiently as possible.

The cullet return is controlled by a Siemens S7 300 SPS and connected with the batch plant control system by a fibre optic cable.

Asahi India Glass to start production at Taloja float plant


Asahi India Glass (AIS) is to commence production at its Taloja float glass plant.

The Taloja plant will add to AIS’s scale and flexibility in providing supplies to customers in the architectural and auto segments, which includes all leading automotive OEMS.

The company also has a fifth auto glass plant in Gujarat, India

The Taloja plant will have the capability to produce high-quality value-added glass for the architectural and automotive glass segments, with an installed capacity to manufacture 550 tonnes of glass per day.

Mr. Sanjay Labroo, MD & CEO, Asahi India Glass (AIS) said: “The Taloja plant will not only increase our capacity by approximately 60% but it will have the ability to make the highest grades of glass for the architectural market directly, and for value-added purposes such as mirroring, hard-coating, soft-coating and high-level processing.

"It will also have the capability to make the highest standards of automotive raw glass giving AIS 100% capability to make our own automotive glass.”

The formal inauguration of the Taloja Plant was held on 9th November and attended by Mr. Masahiro Takeda, Regional President – Asia Pacific, Building & Industrial Glass, Asahi Glass Co. (AGC), along with Mr. Sanjay Labroo, MD & CEO, Asahi India Glass Ltd (AIS), Mr. Sanjay Ganjoo COO, Architectural Glass, AIS, along with other senior management members. 

Stephan Pies appointed Head of Sales at futronic


Stephan Pies is set to become futronic’s new Head of Sales.

He will take over the job from Michael Preuss, who plans to concentrate more on his duties as Managing Director, on 1 January 2018.

A native of Tettnang, Pies (pictured), aged 34, has been with the company since February 2011.

He previously trained as a mechatronics fitter prior to taking a degree in Business Engineering, specialising in electrical engineering, at Konstanz University of Applied Sciences.

Pies came to futronic to write his dissertation – and stayed. He earned his first spores as a sales engineer for the container glass industry before switching to the newly established Industrial Automation division.

In future, he will have overall responsibility for all futronic divisions; his main task on the operative side will be to look after key accounts.

Pies: “We want to continue growing in all segments. And that growth has to be managed. With the right sales strategy and a vision for tomorrow. It’s an exciting challenge that I’m delighted to accept.”

“futronic has grown considerably in recent years”, Preuss explains. That’s why this move is both right and important.

“With his knowledge and experience, Stephan Pies is precisely the person we need to assume responsibility for sales.” Preuss himself plans to concentrate more on his duties as Managing Director from now on.

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Vitrum 2017 in numbers


A total of 245 exhibitors from 21 countries around the globe welcomed more than 12,000 entrances overall during the four days of this year’s Vitrum show.

The event had 10,653 registered participants and included a ‘cream of the crop’ display of technologies and systems over a net occupied surface area of 14,564m2.

These are the numbers that encapsulate the 2017 edition of Vitrum - the international trade show dedicated to machinery, equipment and special products for flat and hollow glass processing - held October 3-6 at Fiera Milano Rho.

This year, the international appeal of the Milanese show was corroborated, above all, by the high percentage of foreign exhibitors (nearly 48%; the other 52% was from Italy). They came from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, the UK, Czech Republic, San Marino, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, the United States, Switzerland and Turkey.

Visitors arrived from 86 countries, including all of Europe; North, Central and South America; the Middle and Far East; Asia and Oceania.

“Thanks to the proactive support of ITA (Italian Trade Agency), in this ‘year zero’, Vitrum expanded its international reach, confirming that it is ‘everyone’s house of glass,” said Vitrum president, Dino Zandonella Necca.

From the earliest organizational phases of the event, our quest to venture further afield, beyond our borders, was empowered through massive communication and promotion programmes at leading industry events and many institutional meetings we attended, over the last two years, across Europe and around the world.

“I am also keen to point out the (entirely spontaneous) contribution made to the success of Vitrum 2017 by international glass industry stakeholders who brought several delegations of industry professionals from their respective countries, along with new ideas and proposals for the future to the show in Milan. Further proof of the efficacy of the partnerships we cultivated with the International Glass Associations”.

Another fact is the number of manufacturers on hand at Vitrum 2017: 186 of them participated in this 20th edition, equal to 76% of all exhibitors.

The exhibits themselves were high-performers, featuring high-value displays of machinery, accessories and special products for the processing of Flat Glass and Hollow Glass: “The value was considerable,” stated  Laura Biason, director of Vitrum, because it epitomises the extraordinary effort invested by the exhibiting companies.

Actual production plants were installed for the four days of the fair,perfectly functioning, complex solutions that are the utmost expression of the premises behind Industry 4.0, a paradigm our industry had already adopted as its own.”

AGC Flat Glass Italia inaugurates €25 million Cuneo float line  


AGC Flat Glass Italia has officially inaugurated its new float line in Cuneo, Italy.

After a cold repair process of three months and an investment of around €25 million euros, the float will present technologies to enhance the plant's productivity and its environmental impact.

It will also improve the performance of the existing product range produced in Cuneo.

The opening ceremony was attended by the AGC Group President and CEO, Takuya Shimamura, the Regional President - Building & Industrial Glass Europe, Philippe Bastien, representatives of the local authorities and the press. 

During the summer, renovation work was carried out on the Cuneo plant.

The upgraded float line will increase the plant capacity, reduce energy consumption by 25%, with a corresponding positive impact on its performance and product quality.

Lower energy consumption will also mean a reduction in atmospheric emissions, with 50% less CO (carbon monoxide), 14% less CO2 (carbon dioxide) and 30% less NOx (nitrogen oxides).

The Cuneo site manufactures products in various thicknesses, from 3 to 25 millimetres. Besides clear float, the site now also produces the renewed Planibel Linea Azzurra range, a float glass made solely in this plant. Available in thicknesses from 8 to 25 mm, this special glass has a slightly bluish tint.

It is made from nickel-free materials without any inclusions, yielding a product easy to cut and process. It is particularly suitable for large glazed surfaces and the most refined furniture creations.

 “This operation will increase our competitiveness on the market. Such a development will allow us to reach two aims: supporting our leadership with high-performance products and contributing to a sustainable future," says Takuya Shimamura, AGC Group's President and CEO.

“Increased capacity, extended range of products, greater energy efficiency and better environmental performance turn this refurbishment into a rebirth for Cuneo’s furnace. For the whole plant, that importantly means restored competitiveness on the way to long term sustainability,” adds Philippe Bastien, Regional President - Building & Industrial Glass Europe.

Şişecam Group brings global glass industry together


Şişecam Group brought together the leading names of the global glass industry to discuss the future of the sector and new technologies in Istanbul.

The 32nd Şişecam Glass Symposium hosted the annual meeting of the International Commission on Glass (ICG) which included 400 participants from 25 countries.

The event also hosted the annual meeting of International Commission on Glass (ICG), which brought together glass industry representatives, universities and scientific institutions from around the world between October 22-25 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Prof. Ahmet Kırman, Şişecam Group Vice Chairman and CEO, said: “We face the future with confidence thanks to our capacity, technology, innovation, creativity, expertise and skilled personnel, and our ability to produce goods and services that respond to changing market conditions,” he said.

“Academic research, innovation and R&D will continue to be a top priority in the future.”

The event included five parallel sessions, three panels, 30 speeches and 120 presentations.

Dr. Manoj Choudhary, International Commission on Glass (ICG) President, said that the technical programme, the logistics, the facilities and the social dimensions of the organisation in Istanbul were outstanding.

 “The meetings were an important forum for exchanging ideas, advancing knowledge, and promoting collaboration among the members of the global glass community.

"The ICG community is going to use the Istanbul meeting as a template for our future annual meetings,” said Dr. Choudhary.

Prof. Şener Oktik, Şişecam Group Chief Research and Technological Development Officer, said that they were involved in a considerable number of R&D projects in cooperation with 13 international institutions in 19 countries.

“We are proud to undertake these efforts at the Şişecam Science and Technology Centre, one of the most advanced centres in Europe.

"The global glass industry is faced with major technological, environmental and social opportunities and challenges. We believe that this large-scale event offered a global platform for discussing exciting advances in glass technology."




British Glass: Pooling ideas to close the flat glass recycling loop


A call for applications to an £18 million Circular Economy Investment Fund brought together people from across the building, demolition, waste processing and glass industries.

A workshop, organised by British Glass and Zero Waste Scotland, explored how flat glass recycling can be increased to support material efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions and energy use.

It’s estimated that in Scotland only around a third of waste flat glass is recycled. Although glass can be re-melted indefinitely, most glazing, refurbishment and demolition glass waste ends up as aggregate, if it avoids landfill.

But if this glass was used to make new glass products far more energy and carbon dioxide would be saved: every tonne of glass that goes back to re-melt saves energy and around 246kg of carbon dioxide (compared to using virgin raw materials).

This workshop was an opportunity for representatives from across the supply chain to share knowledge, generate ideas and make connections that might translate into bids to Scotland’s Circular Economy Investment Fund.

Applicants have until 28 November to submit their initial ideas; examples of projects eligible for funding include:

·         recycling trials in individual companies or cities

·         Scotland-wide schemes to collect waste flat glass from construction processes or demolition

·         innovative technologies or practices to significantly improve the business case for collecting and recycling flat glass. 

As part of the day, Chris Holcroft and Valli Murthy of British Glass gave a presentation on the markets for flat glass waste – which can be used in a variety of glass products (not just flat glass, but also bottles, jars, ballotini and fibre glass) as well as cement and concrete.

They explained the importance of maintaining the quality of waste glass for recycling (called cullet) and the types of contamination that need to be avoided.

The Vlakglass foundation also presented a case study from the Netherlands’, a nationwide scheme which collected more than 70,000 tonnes of glass for re-melt in 2016 – enough to fill ten 25m swimming pools.

More of this story from https://www.britglass.org.uk/news/pooling-ideas-to-close-the-flat-glass-recycling-loop

Stölzle Masnieres provides finished samples in four weeks


Digital glassmaking has enabled Stölzle’s Masnieres site in France to offer its customers finished samples in less than four weeks.

The site is the company’s centre of excellence for perfumery and cosmetics and it now offers its customers more flexibility in development and in production runs.

The site’s Managing Director, Etienne Gruyez, said: “The industry is adapting to keep relevant with the digital big bang. For example we can provide new finished samples to our customers in less than four weeks thanks to a complete digitalisation of the design phase. Digital printing allows us to also minimise errors and reduce costs.”

When it comes to the development of new products, all departments involved, including the mould shop, its team of product developers and designers, along with its decoration facility, are fully integrated and co-operate closely with each other.

This ensures the availability of a finished, decorated glass sample within a four week development process.

“What the client needs is flexibility and that’s what digital brings. Agility is what we try to offer at Stölzle,” said Mr Gruyez.

The site has also installed new production equipment which allows it to manufacture two different items – meaning two different shapes – simultaneously on the same production line. This reduces the minimum order quantity and the number of moulds required for an item.

Anchor Glass makes appointments to leadership team


Anchor Glass Container Corporation has appointed two people to its the senior leadership team.

Bill Powers (pictured) will serve as the Executive Vice President of Operations. Powers, who has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, joins Anchor Glass after having spent 27 years with The Dow Chemical Company.

Powers recently held the position of Vice President of Operations at Fibrant. 

Sam Hijab has been named General Counsel and Vice President of Legal. Hijab has been with Anchor Glass for more than eight years. 

Prior to joining the company, Hijab practiced law in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the Temple University School of Law.

Iris Inspection and AGC Ceramics to talk at Industry 4.0 in glassmaking conference


Iris Inspection machines and AGC Ceramics will present papers at a conference devoted to digital glassmaking.

The Future Glass Forum takes place in Bangkok, Thailand in January and will discuss themes such as Industry 4.0, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (A.I).

AGC Ceramics will present a paper titled Eco Lead Furnace with high energy efficiency and furnace security system.

Other confirmed speakers at the two-day conference include Siemens, Heye International, Xpar Vision, Paneratech and the Czech Republic’s Glass Service.

The Future Glass Forum takes place at the BITEC exhibition centre in Bangkok, Thailand on January 24 and 25.

It is free to attend.

More information from www.glassmanevents.com/asia

Strategic Materials opens glass processing facility in Wisconsin


North America’s largest glass recycler, Strategic Materials, has opened a glass processing plant in Delavan, Wisconsin.

The facility was built in response to the state’s need to increase glass recycling. The 125,000ft2 foot facility sits on 15 acres, and is expected to begin production in early November 2017. 

The Delavan location will replace the company’s East Troy, Wisconsin, facility and will retain nearly all of its existing employees.

The city of Delevan was chosen by the company in partnership with state recycling organizations including AROW (Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin), SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America Badger Chapter), and WCSWARA (Wisconsin Counties Solid Waste Manager Association).

It is a centralised location to help defray material recovery facility (MRF) logistic costs in transporting glass from the state’s most densely populated cities. The state of Wisconsin estimates at least 121,000 tons of available glass in the recycling stream annually.

“Our new facility was built to better serve not only our customers, but also our suppliers; We’ve nearly doubled our capacity, and are able meet end-market demand - with a higher quality product,” said Denis Suggs, Strategic Materials President and Chief Executive Officer.

“We applaud the state of Wisconsin for their progressive stance on glass recycling, and willingness to collaborate with us to benefit the state, the environment, and the local economy. We hope other states will follow their lead.”

Recycled glass or cullet is used primarily for container glass and fiberglass manufacturing, resulting in up to 30% energy savings, and reduction in CO2 emissions.

Schott opens Chinese pharmaceutical glass plant


International glass manufacturer Schott has opened a new packaging production plant in China.

The plant will produce 2 billion pieces a year is managed by the joint venture Schott Xinkang.

The site (pictured) will enable the company to provide Chinese pharmaceutical manufacturers with packaging products even more effectively in the future.

The plant highlights Schott’s philosophy of keeping production sites close to the customers and markets.

It is located at the Schott Xinkang headquarters in Jinyun, Zhejiang, and will manufacture ampoules, vials and cartridges made of glass tubing for the domestic pharma industry.

The new production facility adds to the company’s global production network, which includes manufacturing sites in 13 countries.

This year the group also invested in its plants in Müllheim, Germany; Lebanon, USA; and St. Gallen, Switzerland; among others.

Ramsey Products files legal action


Ramsey Products has filed a legal action against Pennine Industrial in the United States fourth circuit district court.

Ramsey is the producer of Hyperlink silent chains and the owner of several registered United States trademarks for Hyperlink chains.

The action charges Pennine with willful trademark infringement and seeks appropriate injunctive relief as well as punitive damages.

Graham Womerseley, Pennine’s Sales Director, said: “We are aware of this action and it is in the hands of our lawyers.”

Bangkok Glass selects GPS for its Ratchaburi plant


BG Container Glass Company (BGC), a subsidiary of Bangkok Glass Public Company Limited, is planning to manufacture around 144,000 additional tons of container glass in 2018.

To achieve this, the Asian container glass manufacturer is building a new factory, Ratchaburi Glass Industry Company Limited, in Ratchaburi Province, Thailand.

BGC is also making a commitment to innovation by entrusting GPS Glassproduktions-Service with the installation of IS machines and technology at its Ratchaburi factory.

IS machine specialist GPS was awarded the contract for this large-scale project with its tailor-made solutions and service portfolio. It will supply and commission five hot-end IS machine lines and provide extended post-installation support. The new factory will enable BGC to continue building its leadership in Thailand and Asia.

GPS Glasproduktions-Service offers both module adaptations and all-inclusive solutions to customers. In this project for its longstanding international customer BGC, it is again demonstrating its commitment to being a full-service provider.

Five new IS machine lines at the Ratchaburi Glass Industry factory will commence the heating up for its starting from July 2018.

The double and triple gob IS machines at the new facility are entirely GPS-made – from servo feeder up to cross conveyor and stacker, including the control and drive system.

Supplying all the equipment for the new factory is one of the biggest projects that GPS has ever undertaken, and it confirms the robustness of the German IS machine specialist.

However, in a project of this size, the IS machines themselves and the implementation phase aren’t the only important aspects.

GPS has to effectively collaborate with the customer, which involves in-depth discussions and idea sharing before the project kicks off, as well as comprehensive employee training, start-up support and long-term support. This overall concept, which is also being applied in the large-scale BGC project, reflects the GPS ‘everything under one roof’ philosophy.

It was this quality that enabled GPS to secure the contract. The core project phase will be completed by August 2018. It’s an ambitious target considering that the project only commenced in May 2017, but GPS is not concerned.

“We’re confident that we can close out the project on time and within budget,” said GPS CEO, Rolf Themann.

Picture: TG 4 .1/4” under glass ready to produce in double gob and triple gob.

VDMA elects Egbert Wenninger as glass technology Chairman


The members of Germany's VDMA Glass Technology Forum have unanimously elected Egbert Wenninger, as their new Chairman for the next three years.

Mr Wenninger, 51, is Senior Vice President Business Unit Glass at Grenzebach Maschinenbau in Asbach-Bäumenheim. Mr Wenninger’s Deputy will be Siegfried Glaser, Managing Director of Glaser FMB in Beverungen.

Wenninger, who has been a Member of the Board of the industry association since 2011, will be focusing on the acquisition of new members and strengthening the role of the Glass Technology Forum as a platform for all German mechanical and plant engineers in this field.

It is important to him to ‘introduce further important players into the Glass Technology Forum and to strengthen the position of German glass machine manufacturers on the global market.’

He succeeds Dr. Bernd Holger Zippe, Executive Director of Zippe Industrieanlagen, who advocated a change after serving as Chairman of the Board for eight years and did not stand for reelection.

His long-serving Deputy Dr. Harald Jodeit, Managing Director of JSJ Jodeit, also stepped down. 

As their term had ended, the entire board of the VDMA Glass Technology Forum was newly elected at the General Assembly held in Düsseldorf.

As well as Wenninger and Glaser, Bernhard Hötger, Managing Director of HEGLA in Beverungen, Christoph Hermanns, Managing Director of MDI Advanced Processing in Mainz and Günther Mlynar, Managing Director of Zippe Industrieanlagen in Wertheim, are members of the Board of Directors.

Wenninger represents 60 mostly small and medium-sized companies in the glass specialism of the German mechanical and plant engineering sector. These internationally active companies generate turnover totaling approximately €1 billion. 

Pictured: Egbert Wenninger (left) will head the VDMA Glass Technology Forum for a period of three years in an honorary capacity. His predecessor Dr. Bernd-Holger Zippe (right). 

Vetropack appoints two business division managers


The Board of Directors of Vetropack Holding has appointed two new business division managers.

With effect from January 1, 2018, Boris Sluka (1965) will take over as General Manager of the Business Division Czech Republic/Slovakia, which comprises the two companies Vetropack Moravia Glass and Vetropack Nemšovà.

With effect from 1 March 2018, Johann Eggerth (1967) will take over as General Manager of the Business Division Switzerland/Austria, which comprises the Swiss company Vetropack Ltd and Vetropack Austria. He has also been appointed a member of Group Management.

Mr Sluka graduated from the Technical University in Bratislava, Slovakia, and continued his education on a part-time basis while working in, among other places, France, Russia and Austria.

In recent years he has worked mainly in the automotive industry. As a senior manager at various automotive suppliers he acquired international industry experience and expertise in focused management in a dynamic environment. 

The current General Manager of the Vetropack Business Division Czech Republic/Slovakia, Gregor Gábel, will be commencing his retirement after the handover period. 

Mr Eggerth graduated from the Montanuniversität Leoben (in Metallurgy/Materials Engineering) and has broad international professional experience.

He worked as a project leader and product manager at Voest-Alpine Industrieanlagenbau and on international consultancy projects for McKinsey & Company before setting up and running the engineering and consultancy company Festool Engineering for the Festool Group. Since 2012, he has been CEO at the Tirolean family-owned paint company Adler. His main task there was to develop and implement a viable strategy for internationalisation and growth. 

Mr Eggerth will take over from Johann Reiter who – as already announced in February 2017 – will assume full responsibility for the operational management of Vetropack Group with effect from 1 January 2018.

Until his successor arrives on 1 March 2018, Mr Reiter will continue as General Manager of the Business Division Switzerland/Austria alongside his work as Group CEO.

Pictured: Boris Sluka (left) and Johann Eggerth (right).

Samkwang Nonsan chooses Xpar Vision hot end systems


South Korea's Samkwang Nonsan has chosen Xpar Vision’s InfraRed Camera and Gob Weight Control System.

Mr. Kon-hee Han, Managing Director of Samkwang Nonsan, said: “We continuously want to improve our efficiency and quality level and we see this investment as a necessity to maintain our position as leading supplier to the South Korean market.”

Xpar Vision CEO Paul Schreuders, added: “We are very proud to welcome Samkwang Nonsan as a new customer in the Korean market. In addition, we have two of our technologies exposed to the South Korean market. Knowing that the market is transparent, this is a good starting point for new investments to come.”

In the meantime, Samkwang Nonsan staff have been trained at Xpar Vision’s base in Groningen, the Netherlands. Furthermore, the systems have been installed on the production line and an Xpar Vision consultant/trainer has given several on-the-job training sessions  at the plant.

Last June, Mr. Young-Chan Ji and Mr. Chanrok Oh visited the Netherlands for a four-day training session. During this session they were introduced to Xpar Vision’s company, staff and technologies.

As for most new customers, hot end technology is totally different. Besides instructions about functionalities and technicalities (maintenance & installation) the training includes practical experience and key success factors of the new technologies.

Mr. Young-Chan Ji, Production Manager at Samkwang Nonsan said: “The training was our first exposure to hot end technologies and thanks to its focus waas very useful.

"We have encountered many Xpar Vision staff members, from the Management, Research & Development department, Field Service Engineering and Consultancy. It was a great start to our cooperation with Xpar Vision.”

Photo: Mr. Young-Chan Ji (second from the left) and Mr. Chanrok Oh (fourth from the left) amongst XPAR Vision Consultants/Trainers, Field Service Engineer and Mr. Kim (second from the right), XPAR Visions agent in S-Korea.

O-I to set build Mexican glass container furnace by 2019


O-I is set to build a fifth furnace at its glass container production plant in Nava, Mexico.

The world’s largest glass container manufacturer has also expanded its 50-50 joint venture with Constellation Brands.

The joint venture operates the container production plant in Nava, Mexico that provides bottles exclusively for Constellation's adjacent brewery.

The brewery brews Mexican beer brands for export to the United States, which is the fastest growing category in beer in the US.

The relationship now provides for the addition of a fifth furnace at the plant and has extended the term of the joint venture agreement by ten years, to 2034.

The original joint venture agreement included the expansion of the glass production plant from one furnace to four furnaces by 2018. Three furnaces currently operate with the fourth furnace expected to be operational in the first half of 2018. 

To meet rising demand from Constellation's brewery, the new relationship provides for the addition of a fifth furnace, which is expected to be operational by the end of 2019. The Nava plant will be the largest container factory in the world once the furnace is installed.

The capacity expansion is estimated to cost approximately $140 million and will be financed by equal contributions from both partners. 

O-I CEO Andres Lopez said: "This investment will allow both companies to realise additional attractive opportunities in Mexican beer exports to the US, leveraging the success at the joint venture's factory in Nava, while bolstering O-I's relationship with a key strategic customer."

Technology companies to speak at Industry 4.0 conference in Thailand


Several European companies have confirmed their participation at a conference dedicated to Industry 4.0 in glassmaking.

The conference, which takes place in Bangkok, Thailand in January 2018 will focus on how Industry 4.0 can efficiently improve the glassmaking process.

Among those who will speak at the free to attend conference are Xpar Vision of The Netherlands (pictured), Glass Service of the Czech Republic and Siemens, Heye International and cm.project.ing, all from Germany.

They will speak at the Future Glass Forum, which takes place at the Glassman Asia event at the BITEC exhibition centre on January 24 and 25.

The free to attend event will focus on hollow glassmaking and include two free conferences and an exhibition of some of the world’s leading glassmaking equipment suppliers.

Bottero celebrates 60th anniversary by securing Guardian and Saint-Gobain orders


Italian company Bottero celebrated its 60th anniversary by securing new orders from Guardian and Saint-Gobain.

The Cuneo-based company exports 95% of its product overseas, owns four manufacturing plants around the world and, thanks to its ability to land ongoing work orders in the industries in which it operates, has set its sights, by 2020, on breaking the €200 million ceiling in annual sales.

There are currently more than 50,000 Bottero machines installed around the world.

The company was formed in 1957 when Pasquale Bottero left his job at a glass manufacturer’s shop in Vernante, Piedmont to launch Bottero Costruzioni Meccaniche jointly with Antonino Faccenda, and to introduce the earliest innovations in flat glass processing machines.

It commemorated its 60th anniversary with family day attended by more than a 1000 guests at its headquarters recently.

The group dedicated the family day to its employees, partners and their families (pictured).

 “These first 60 years of business activity have made Bottero the only company in the world to provide a complete range of solutions for all the flat and hollow glass processing sectors, manufacturing products for small- and medium-sized businesses as well as production lines for large international industrial groups,” said Aldo Faccenda, Bottero’s director of Human Resources.

“Our multinational plays a lead role in the production of glass processing machines and systems, providing reliable, innovative, technological products while also paying the utmost attention to the needs of our customers.

“These are qualities that continue to allow the company to win new, key contracts for the manufacture of sophisticated lines for groups that are global leaders in glass manufacturing and to outdo contenders from Germany and Japan, countries that are traditional competitors with Italy in the production of machine tools for the glass industry.

“Perhaps not many people are aware of it, but the glass for smartphones, tablets and iPads, a part of the typical mobile devices we all have, is made with Bottero machines. Which is sort of like saying that every Italian (and many others, too) probably has electronic devices in their pockets with ‘made by Bottero’ components”.

The company recently acquired three new orders for laminated glass systems: two lines for the US Guardian Group for its plants in Hungary and Thailand, and one for Saint-Gobain, for a German facility that is part of the French industrial group. The overall value of the three orders is more than €10 million.

“The contract in Germany, with Saint-Gobain, is the third awarded to Bottero this year by the French Group, on the heels of two float lines, one in India and one in Poland,” said Marco Giraudo, sales manager for the Bottero Engineering division.

“It is an extremely innovative line that manufactures over-sized glass sheets (6 x 3.21 meters) every 45 seconds, with output glass thicknesses that range from 4 to 30 millimeters. Another feature is that the plant’s operations are all automated: the line operator’s only job is to oversee the process”.

Delivery of the line is scheduled for February 2018.

“The partnership between Bottero and the Guardian Group is longstanding. At the plant in Thailand, there is already a ‘made by Bottero’ float line, to which we will be adding another new plant for laminated glass. The group has also decided to invest in Hungary, contracting with Bottero for a high-tech line - increasingly in demand in the Industry 4.0 era.

"The two lines have features similar to those for the line produced for Saint-Gobain, and their delivery is scheduled for the first few months of 2018," he added. 

Bucher Emhart reports solid demand


The important European market for Bucher Emhart Glass remained stable at a high level, it reported in its Q3 financial report.

The North and South American markets were up on the same period last year, while other sales regions also demonstrated solid demand overall.

Order intake for the first nine months this year was CHF324 million compared to CHF272 million in the same period last year – a 19.1% increase.

Net sales had also increased 2.2% from the same period last year to CHF269 from CHF263. The number of employees had dropped to 1623 from 1754 a year ago.

The Chinese market recovered slowly, but remained at a low level.

The increase in demand for glass- forming machinery, as well as in the spare parts and service business, influenced the division’s business performance.

Compared with the same period a year ago, order intake at Bucher Emhart Glass showed an improvement. However, the increase in sales was less marked because many of the orders taken are not due for delivery until the end of the current year or in 2018.

Bucher Emhart Glass expects demand to remain at a good level in the project business.

The division will continue its projects to improve profitability and anticipates growth for the 2017 business year as a whole.

The operating profit margin, however, is likely to be down on the previous year due to additional measures having to be taken in connection with the Chinese joint venture.

Celsian appoints Joost Lavèn from O-I


Celsian Glass & Solar in Eindhoven, The Netherlands has appointed Joost Laven as its segment leader for furnace support.

Mr Laven (1984) has a master in mechanical engineering from Delft University of Technology and specialises in energy management.

He joined O-I Manufacturing in 2011 and since then has held several jobs in operations and energy optimisation.

His last role at O-I was as batch and furnace manager and plant project manager at the Schiedam, The Netherlands plant. Earlier this year O-I decided to close both lines at its Schiedam facility.

Mr Laven will support further growth of CelSian and look after the commercial segments energy and emission reduction as well as furnace lifetime.

Pilkington restarts Italian float line


Pilkington Italia has commenced warm-up of the new furnace for glass production at its Porto Marghera plant, in Venice, Italy.

The new line, which has been upgraded with the latest technologies, will produce roughly 600 tons of float glass daily, including Pilkington Optiwhite.

The product - a low-iron extra clear float glass with high light transmission - is practically colourless, and the green cast inherent to other glasses is not present.

It is therefore ideal for use where glass edges are visible or where a neutral colour is desired. As its light transmission is higher than clear float glass, it is perfect for applications where transparency and purity of colour are desired.

The investment will also include the installation of emission control systems in the atmosphere, in compliance with environmental regulations, and create 60 jobs.

British Glass seminar on funding decarbonisation and energy efficiency projects


British Glass is organising a one-day seminar on funding for decarbonisation and energy efficiency projects in the glass industry.

All glass manufacturers are being challenged to decarbonise and radically improve energy efficiency. But within any business, competition for investment is fierce. High capital costs, long payback periods and project complexity conspire to make implementing decarbonisation work particularly challenging. 

This seminar will bring together glass manufacturers, equipment suppliers and experts in funding and energy management to explore the most plausible routes to securing internal and external funding. The seminar takes place in Wakefield, UK on Thursday, November 9

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Vertech’ appoints R&D Director


French company Vertech' has appointed Michaël Gauthier as its R&D Director.

He will manage its R&D developer’s team as well as new developments. Michaël and his team will be working on the entire module range for SIL system, a monitoring solution for the glass industry.

Michaël joined Vertech' in 2012 as a member of the development team, and became a Product Manager for the SILX solution, a full-web platform providing production KPI to managers.

He graduated from INSA Lyon in Electrical Engineering in 2007 and worked for Orange, working on captor networks, and then to Orange Business Services where he was in charge of the TGV Internet service installation until 2011.

Michaël is now taking over additional responsibilities with the management of SIL solution, a challenging and exciting evolution of Vertech's glass supervising system.

Socabelec and VDV Lubricants present to Iranian glassmakers


Belgium companies Socabelec and VDV Lubricants presented their swabbing portfolio to a group of Iranian container glassmakers.

The two companies gave three speeches during the event held in Iran where they discussed manual lubrication and introduced Socabelec’s swabbing robot.

VDV’s General Manager Francois Breye, discussed first manual compound and the evolution in the formulation for a sustainable and environment friendly products, and how to apply the manual compound for a better efficiency and less consumption of oil.

In between Mr Breye’s two speeches, Marco Veri, Socabelec CEO, presented the swabbing-robot on the fly, and explained how it works, how to install it on existing machines, its compatibility with different brand IS machine builders, and discussed projects and installations references in the Netherlands, Germany, USA  and Thailand) as well as orders in progress in Germany, Sweden, Australia, France, UK, Thailand and India. 

There were 20 people from six Iranian container glassmakers attending the event.

The event was organised after the Iranian companies expressed an interest in automatic swabbing at a meeting in February.

They requested a presentation dedicated to Socabelec’s swabbing-robot and wanted to know more about its performance and advantages compared to other available technologies.

Mr Veri said: “The reaction of the Iranians was very enthusiastic. Some plant managers and a CEO plan to visit a European glass plant where Socabelec’s swabbing robots are installed before the end of the year.”

Phoenix Award honours James O’Callaghan


The Phoenix Award committee presented its ‘Glass Person of the year’ award to structural engineer James O’Callaghan at a glittering event in London, UK.

Mr O’Callaghan is the 47th recipient of the award and was nominated for his use of glass in new and innovative ways as a load-bearing material.

His work with Apple has led to the construction of some of Apple’s most eye-catching retail stores, all made of glass.

Introducing Mr O’Callaghan to the stage, this year’s Phoenix chairman, Paul Hutchinson, of DSF Refractories in the UK, said: “I’ve had the privilege to meet James a couple of times leading up to this event and he’s got a clear passion and an understanding of glass not only as a structural material but also an understanding of its production and the current limitations of its manufacture.

"The first time I met James what I particularly liked is that we talked about the float glass process for probably an hour and we even talked about tin bath block.

“I part own a refractory company and I rarely talk about refractories for more than an hour so I was impressed. I thought here is a guy that has got a real interest and attention to detail!”

Mr O’Callaghan attended the event with his wife, parents and a number of former colleagues from the UK and the USA, including from companies such as Google and Apple.

During his acceptance speech he said:  “I have had the great fortune to work with many creative, pragmatic and inspiring people, many of whom are here tonight and for which I’m deeply thankful.

He added: “The only way we can innovate is to do so as a team. It requires all those that design and support to make it happen. Apple has been a supportive client in this regard and has had a direct influence in the way glass is manufactured and produced. It has worked hard to make glass the core of our development.”

*An interview with Mr O’Callaghan appeared in the September 2017 issue. A review of the Phoenix banquet will appear in a forthcoming issue of Glass International.

Pictured: James O’Callaghan (right) receives the award from Phoenix Chairman, Paul Hutchinson.

Turkish tableware specialist opts for IRIS inspection technology


One of the world’s most dynamic manufacturers of glass tableware is investing strongly in the latest camera-based inspection technology to optimise the quality of its finished products. Part of the family-owned Güraller Group, Turkish specialist LAV manufactures 700 million table glass items annually, including tea sets, beverage glasses and soup bowls, which are exported to customers in 130 different countries.

Within the past 12 months, this relative newcomer to the global table glass business has turned to IRIS Inspection machines for the latest innovations in camera-based inspection equipment for its two high productivity manufacturing sites in Kütahya, Turkey.

It was at the end of 2016 that LAV ordered its first Evolution Ultimate machine for test purposes. Developed by Lyon-based IRIS, this camera-based machine is dedicated to the identification of cosmetic defects in the sidewalls of luxurious glassware, including tableware, perfumery and premium spirits bottles. Evolution Ultimate is equipped with 16 HD cameras for the complete coverage of sidewalls and rims in tumblers and stemware. Using this sophisticated equipment, it is possible to inspect for different types of deformation, light blisters, uneven glass distribution in the base, tears, lap marks, cat scratches, oil marks and many types of low contrast surface faults.

Following the successful completion of trials, LAV ordered another seven Evolution Ultimate inspection machines at the beginning of 2017. And the customer’s satisfaction with the results obtained by the IRIS equipment has been further reinforced in recent weeks, following the placement of a third order, this time for two more machines.

Evolution Ultimate technology has been customised by the IRIS research and development team to accommodate the specific requirements of tableware producers. This includes the development of new algorithms to inspect the most critical defects encountered on rims, including deformation, ovalisation, chips, beans and inclinations, as well as defects under the rim.

For more information, please visit www.iris-im.com

SGT visits Saint-Gobain Eggborough site


Members of the SGT’s Melting Technology Committee visited the Saint-Gobain Glass, Eggborough, UK site.

The visit included a tour of the modern float glass facility and the MTC’s October meeting. The committee is appreciative of Saint-Gobain’s hospitality.

The committee also welcomed Bill Brookes to his first MTC meeting as the Society’s President.

The committee is welcoming speakers for next year’s Furnace Solutions and Training Day. The theme for Training Day 6 is ‘Furnace Operation and Instrumentation’ including all processes – Forehearth distributors and burners.

The theme for Furnace Solutions 13 is Furnace Optimisation.

Those wanting to speak at the conference or run a training session are asked to send a brief abstract to Christine Brown christine@sgt.org at the SGT by the end of 2017.

Next year’s SGT Training Day and Furnace Solutions Conference will be held on the 6th and 7th June at Lucideon in Stoke-on-Trent, UK.

Glass For Europe increases in size


Glass for Europe has enlarged in size to include European representatives of building glass transformers and processors.

During its 55th anniversary celebration it also unveiled its new visual identity (pictured).

Glass for Europe has five global flat glass manufacturers as members. It has now been joined by national partners from thousands of companies from all across Europe, mostly SMEs. These process and transform flat glass into energy efficient glazing products for buildings, safety glass, mirrors and decorative glass.

This enlargement to glass processors and transformers means Glass for Europe now represents the entire flat glass value-chain in Europe, in all its diversity.

Dr Reha Akcakaya, Chairman of Glass for Europe and President Flat Glass Sisecam, said: “This move is there to support a strong flat glass sector in the EU.

"It will reinforce Glass for Europe as a centre of expertise and as an industry hub to the benefit of all actors of the value-chain. Flat glass manufacturers, transformers and processors now work together to address and overcome the industry’s challenges.”

Among these challenges are the deployment of ever-better performing flat glass products, be it energy- saving glazing solutions, building integrated photovoltaic glass or cutting-edge safety glass components for tomorrow’s clean and automated vehicles.

Equally, ensuring the effective recycling of glass waste, accelerating the decarbonisation of industrial operations, and supporting digitalisation are key to the future of the sector.

It is with a view to progress even faster in all these fields that the flat glass value- chain comes together in Glass for Europe.

Anchor Glass Container Corporation adds to its leadership team


Nipesh H. Shah, President and CEO of Anchor Glass Container Corporation headquartered in Tampa, Florida, has appointed a new Vice President of Engineering and new Vice President-Supply Chain.

Steve Stout (pictured) has been named as Vice President-Engineering. He will be responsible for strategic capital investments and developing technical know how for the organisation. 

He joins Anchor after having spent more than 22 years with a float glass manufacturer.  Steve brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience about manufacturing, glass furnaces, construction and project development and execution.

Nilesh Kamdar will join Anchor Glass as Vice President - Supply Chain. He will be responsible for procurement, planning, customer service and logistics for the organisation. 

Nilesh’s expertise in supply chain, strategy and general management spans more than 20 years, and includes positions in the automotive industry and chemical manufacturing sectors. Nilesh has extensive experience in aligning various business functions to achieve strategic growth and superior financial performance. 

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META appoints Sales Assistant


Portugal’s Metaglobal has appointed a new colleague, Maria João Santos (pictured), who will better support the management as an assistant, and also be targeted on the development of the international sales in the glass industry.

The company's Managing Director, Ricardo Moreira, said: "Our customers are growing in Europe and we feel the need of a better support in their structures."

Strategic Materials acquired by private investment firm


The largest glass recycler in North America, Strategic Materials, has been acquired by Littlejohn private investment company.

Strategic Materials is headquartered in Houston, TX and is focused on recovering and processing post-consumer and post-industrial glass in North America. 

It operates a network of 47 facilities across the US, Canada and Mexico and serves large and stable end markets, including glass packaging, fibreglass insulation, flat glass and highway safety bead markets.

The company’s recycled glass product, or cullet, results in energy savings and a reduction in carbon emissions by up to 30% when used in container glass and fiberglass insulation production.

Brian Michaud, a Principal at Littlejohn, said: “As recycled product demand and sustainable manufacturing practices have become a priority for numerous markets worldwide, we believe Strategic Materials is at the forefront to meet those product needs and services on a much larger scale.”

Denis Suggs (pictured), President and CEO of Strategic Materials, added: “Littlejohn has deep expertise in helping industrial companies reach their full potential, and we are pleased they have recognised the opportunities in our business.”

The transaction is expected to close in November 2017.

Four Italian Glass Machinery Suppliers Launch Industry 4.0 Project


During Vitrum 2017, Italian glass processing companies Cugher Glass, Iocco, Mappi International and Triulzi Cesare Special Equipments Srl launched Project 4X4.0, a partnership between glass processing companies to help customers meet the demands of Industry 4.0.

The partnership provides the glass fabrication industry with a single entity that can guarantee delivery of a completely automatic smart glass processing line by integrating the various areas of competence and related production chains of the four partner companies.

The project meets goals set out by the Italian government in Piano Industria 4.0—a plan to upgrade Italian industry to Industry 4.0. Piano Industria 4.0 provides support and investment in innovative development that drives adoption of Industry 4.0. The four companies have combined their forces to launch a product in conformity with the technological production trend the industrial plan was intended to foster.

The driving force of the 4X4.0 project is the sharing of the fundamental driver strategies:

Smart innovation: the constant use of digitisable, reliable solutions in research and development.
Performance: the construction of plant and machinery that can assure the highest quality finished product while at the same time optimising the production cycle in terms of energy and time consumed.
Customer care: the consolidation of customer relationships, understanding of the specific needs of actual glass producers, and the ability to anticipate these needs.

“Companies that have achieved the best results in recent years are those who have quickly adopted and transposed the industry standard 4.0 by adapting production systems, applying new operating procedures, going on complex but vital routes for competitive ends. For this reason, the industrial policy efforts today are aimed at the spread and application of innovation,” says Alessandra Petrucci, CEO of Iocco.

“The 4x4.0 Project is born from the synthesis of a shared management vision, from the capabilities of a team that can interface their technology know-how, providing customers with outstanding results in the Smart Factory optics.”

The guiding strategy in developing synergy between the four partners is the Smart Factory, a key element of Industry 4.0. The four firms have always had in their DNA a driving interest in optimising their production processes together with an enhanced ability in digitising the same. They created the conditions where their technological paths were combined to produce a shared vision and project.

In Project 4X4.0, the specific technology of each partner firm is combined into a single integrated whole. The glass processing world can now have access to a complete line to temper, screen print and wash glass with performance that exceeds that of any combination of machines optimized for the various separate phases on a single line.

Vidrala completes Santos Barosa acquisition


Spanish glassmaker Vidrala has completed the acquisition of the entire share capital of the Portuguese company Santos Barosa Vidros.

Santos Barosa manufactures and sells glass containers through a major production facility located in Marinha Grande, Portugal.

The company produces more than 400,000 tons of glass per year and obtained an operating result, EBITDA last 12 months at September 2017, of €32.8 million, equivalent to a margin of 25.1% over sales.

The deal, completed in an all-cash transaction, implies an enterprise value of €252.7 million.

The resulting leverage ratio of the Vidrala Group, following the financing issued to fund the transaction, is preserved at 2.3 times last 12 months proforma EBITDA.

In a statement it said: “Vidrala’s board of directors and its management team have long admired Santos Barosa’s business, founded on outstanding manufacturing facilities and strong commercial relationships in the attractive Iberian glass packaging market.

"Adding this complementary business to our footprint will result in compelling benefits to customers, employees and shareholders.”