Şişecam acquires its second flat glass manufacturing facility in Italy


Şişecam has completed its acquisition of Sangalli Vetro Manfredonia facility in Italy. 

Trakya Cam Sanayii, a Şişecam flat glass manufacturer, has invested €15.7 million in a second facility in Monte Sant’Angelo, Italy and doubled its production capacity in the country.

Ahmet Kirman, Vice President and CEO of Şişecam said: “With this acquisition, our Group, Italy’s largest Turkish investor, has become one of Italy’s largest flat glass producers and it has strengthened its leadership in Europe.

“Our competence and capacity in flat glass operation in Italy will continue to increase with the acquisition of the Manfredonia plant. 

“We aim to expand our product range further by the help of those production lines, and we aim to be the largest manufacturer of architectural glass in Italy”.

The Sangalli Vetro Manfredonia is located in southern-Italy. It has a capacity of 190 thousand tonnes per year, a laminating line with 4 million m2 per year capacity, a coating line with 4 million m2 per year capacity and a satin coating line with 1.5 million mper year capacity.

Mr Kirman explained: “That acquisition has created synergy with our flat glass operations in Bulgaria and made a significant contribution to our competition capacity in Europe. 

“Both with its geographical location and its production capacity, the Sangalli Vetro Manfredonia plant will provide strategic advantage in terms of our flat glass manufacturing activities in Europe."

Şişecam operates in 13 countries and continues to grow through investments and employment. It has been operating in the chemical field in Italy for many years with Cromital SpA, its production facility for chromium compounds. The company started to produce flat glass in Italy when it acquired the Sangalli Porto Nogaro plant in northern Italy in 2016.

Mr Kirman concluded: “In order to reach our global strategic goals, we are assessing both organic and inorganic growth opportunities.

“We are continuously working to assess all potential opportunities, including acquisitions, joint ventures and other collaboration opportunities, in line with our investment policy based on sustainable growth and high performance. 

“The acquisition of the Sangalli Vetro Manfredonia plant in Italy is also a result of our long-term and value-creating sustainable growth approach and our work in this scope.”

Pictured: Şişecam flat glass facility in Italy

Fenzi introduces gen-rigid spacer profile


The Italian chemical specialist Fenzi introduces Multitech G, its latest-gen rigid spacer profile.

The new product is made of fiberglass-reinforced polymer and is enhanced with a special, entirely metal-free and transparent multi-layer barrier. The Glass Alliance labs engineered it to have superior insulating ability, reduced heating costs and an exceedingly elegant design. 

The spacer profile was developed by Alu Pro and Rolltech and is marketed around the world through the Glass Alliance Network.

Multitech G will ensure superior indoor comfort, excellent energy-efficiency and extremely low COemissions.

Fenzi aims to show leadership in the development of warm edge technology for high-performance IG units and competitive linear thermal transmittance performance.

The multi-layer barrier is distinctively transparent, which makes it possible to maintain the original colour of the space profile on all sides. It is ideal for architectural design, which calls for insulating glass units with two or more cavities.

The Multitech G also uses bending machines and special automatic equipment or traditional corner keys, which means it has extremely competitive pricing and exceptional processing ease. It comes in all most widely-used thicknesses (from 8 to 24 mm) and several colours, including black, light grey, titanium grey and white.

Pictured: Multitech G

This year’s ATIV XXXIII Conference to take place in Italy


The annual ATIV conference will be held in Parma, Italy on November 23rd at Santa Elisabetta Congress Centre.

The Italian Glass Day XXXIII Conference will focus on the technological developments of flat and hollow glass furnaces. It will be held on the Parma University campus.

Alessandro Bandini, President of ATIV, said: “It will deal with the main topics concerning furnaces, such as the use of refractories for various types of glass and furnace, the designing of furnaces intended also as control, sustainability, consumption, energy saving in furnace operation, filtration systems and treatment solutions and pertaining regulations.”

There will be a professional development course held on November 22nd, prior to the conference. The topic will be on the use of fused cast refractories for various types of glass and furnaces. The day will be hosted by two experts from the ATIV Board of Directors, with the presentation and support of two of the most well known companies producing refractories.

For the first time since the creation of Associazione dei Tecnici Italiani del Vetro (Association of Italian Glass Technologists), this year ATIV has set up an award for the best research presentation by a young technologist or researcher under 35. The association is accepting topics that lie outside the main focus of the conference. It will also be offering particular fee reductions when more than two participants from the same company are registered.

The second Convention of Glass Associations concludes in Italy


The Italian convention focused on new topics and priorities crucial to the industry’s future.

Sponsored by Vitrum and the Italian Trade Agency (ITA), the convention was held at the Stazione Sperimentale del Vetro in Murano, Venice in Italy on 6-7 June. The two-day convention brought together 17 international associations and 15 trade publications.

Vitrum President, Dino Zandonella Necca, said: “The second meeting of the International Glass Associations confirms the importance of understanding the true market needs and those of its players.

“But, this is just the beginning because, if last year we laid the groundwork for an absolutely innovative industry journey, this year we managed to map out the priorities to be pursued, aware that concrete results may only be visible in the medium long-term.

“And if the Murano convention can now be deemed the annual spring meeting for the glass industry, at Vitrum 2019, (October 1-4 in Milan) we will certainly have the opportunity to update ourselves and fuel our intentions to increase the value of the industry around the world.”

The convention reinforced the determination of the organisers and delegates from the global glass associations to continue their work together. It focused on current needs, projects and experiences of domestic and international significance.

Laura Biason, Director of Vitrum, said: “Over the last 12 months, since the first edition of the convention, we have continued to strengthen the bond among all the delegates who participated last year, while also engaging with new industry players.

“We succeeded; and this was another huge satisfaction for us, because it means we are on the right track.

 “Communication and information took their rightful place among the priority topics, alongside technical and production standardization, education and training, history and culture, energy and environmental stewardship.

 “It is incumbent upon us to convey to the media an understanding of the true essence of our efforts here, based on the principles of cooperation and concerted action, that cannot help but work to everyone’s advantage.”

The international associations included GIMAV and ATIV from Italy, VDMA from Germany, Abravidro from Brazil, AGGA from Australia, Steklosouz from Russia, ICG from Spain and Glass for Europe from Belgium. They all presented case studies, plans, aims and company needs.

Glass artist Lisette Caputo gave an art demonstration of bead making. The teacher and director at the ArtsConnection Glass Festival practises the ancient Venetian artisan tradition of making glass beads for necklaces, bracelets and other jewellery. 

To conclude the day, delegates were split into two groups to see the sights. Activities included a visit to the Holy See Pavillion’s biennale Vatican Chapels, the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore and Le Stanze del Vetro, a prestigious gallery-museum.

Pictured: Delegates at Convention of Glass Associations

Verallia to invest €80 million in Italian site


Container glass manufacturer Verallia is to invest €80 million into its Villa Poma site in Italy.

The workls will include the renovation of its current furnace and the construction of as new one, the world’s third largest producer of glass bottles and jars for Food and Beverage said.

Marco Ravasi, the Managing Director of Verallia Italia, said: "Italian food and beverage companies continue to grow, thanks to the export of Made in Italy excellences.

"We are firmly determined to follow the growth of our customers, enhancing their products and brands with our containers, developed with a high content of innovation and sustainability.

"The most advanced technologies of the glass industry, which will be installed on the site of Villa Poma, will allow us to produce an ever-increasing number of containers, with the highest quality standards in the sector."

The decision to invest in Villa Poma (Mantova) comes a few years after the construction of the Forno 73 in Gazzo Veronese (Verona), confirming the centrality of Italy in the global strategy of the Verallia Group. The company has invested €250 million in Italy in the past five years.

The start of works is expected by 2018 and the furnace, which once fully employed will directly employ about 50 new employees, will start operating in the second half of 2019.

Verallia’s industrial setup in Italy is composed of six plants - Carcare, Dego, Gazzo Veronese, Lonigo, Pescia and Villa Poma -  all located in the north of the country. 

The majority of Verallia Italia’s turnover comes from the still and sparkling wine segments. It supports the development of its customers on the export markets, like that of prosecco for example.

In Italy, Verallia is also present within the beer, spirits, food and soft drinks markets.

Bucher Emhart Glass completes its servo portfolio with BIS machine


Bucher Emhart Glass (BEG) has completed its servo-driven glass-forming portfolio with the latest, improved BIS machine. 

BIS is the most recent addition to BEG’s range of IS forming machines and completes its range of fully servo-driven machines. 

The first servo machine, NIS, was originally launched in 1999, since when over 100 units have been installed around the globe. 

BEG is the only supplier of 100% servo forming machines in the world.

NIS is accurate, efficient and predictable, so it works well for high-volume, large-scale production.

In contrast, BIS can handle shorter runs, more frequent job changes and smaller ware sizes, and works well with smaller furnaces, making it well suited for plants who serve multiple customers with flexible, rapidly changing requirements.

Forward-looking glass-container plants are switching from pneumatic to servo controls, and BIS allows them to use the technology for all types of containers.

With the ability to handle 4¼”, 5” and 5½” wares, it can replace three different pneumatic machines types.

With 99% uptime, improved energy consumption, better quality and far easier maintenance, BEG estimates that the lifetime total cost of ownership for a BIS machine is 10% lower than a pneumatic equivalent. BIS is quieter too, improving the working environment for operators.

Servo technology also plays a key role in BEG’s End to End vision of automation and integrated control, and is in tune with its Stronger Together philosophy of integration, collaboration and relationship-building.

Over the last three years, BIS machines have been installed at Nampak Glass, South Africa, Noelle von Campe, Germany and Allied Glass, UK. 

Since then, team members from both BEG and these plants have worked together to monitor the machine performance, quality and robustness to optimise designs to make BIS even more stable and efficient.

There are big differences between historical pneumatic machines and new servo controlled machines. One of them being to have the ability to monitor and measure mechanism performance and herewith to identify wrong set-up of motions or mechanical misalignments during operation.

By using this information and making corrective actions, it will extend lifetime of the machine significantly.

In close collaboration with the BIS customers new working procedures were established, troubleshooting became much easier as well as preventive maintenance.

Collaboration is set to continue, unlocking even more improvements. A user group meeting at Allied in May 2017, attended by staff from BEG, Allied and Noelle von Campe, focused on key topics including mechanics, process cooling, user interface, servo technology, job changes and maintenance.

“Throughout its history, Bucher Emhart Glass has been all about customer collaboration,” said Jarmo Kammonen, BIS Product Manager at BEG.

“Since BIS hit the market, we’ve listened carefully to what our customers told us, and we’ve acted on it. With this launch, we’re ready to bring the benefits of BIS to many more glass plants who need an efficient, high-quality yet flexible forming machine.”

“It’s clear that servo is the future of glass container manufacturing,” added Martin Jetter, President of BEG.

“It’s faster, cheaper, more efficient and more accurate – and BIS puts those benefits within the reach of every glassmaker. Combine it with NIS and you can make any type of ware with servo technology. If you’re still wondering when you should ‘go servo,’ the time is now.”

Steklarna Hrastnik set for €12.7 million investments


Slovenian packaging glass manufacturer Steklarna Hrastnik is to make investments of €12.7 million in 2018.

The company has completed the first of these investments of €4.2 million to increase its production by 20%.

It bought a new IS machine with a higher capacity for its Special production unit and moved an existing IS machines from its Special to its Vitrum unit.

The investment had not only increased its capacities but also improved the working conditions, the company said.

It had strengthened its position as a manufacturer of special glass packaging in the super premium quality segment.

Since the start of the year, it had seen an increase in demand for products with special shapes in the spirits and perfumes segment.

"Our capacities are sold out until the end of October this year. With this €4.2 million investment, we have increased our production capacities by over 20%, which will enable us to keep up with the global market demands in our niche segment of super premium quality products," said Peter Čas, General Director of Steklarna Hrastnik (pictured).

"The investment was completed before the planned deadline. I am particularly pleased that it was implemented safely.

This latest investment is the result of outstanding cooperation between our employees and suppliers, as well as a testament to their know-how.

“The company's remaining investments will be aimed at further automating, robotising and digitising production. This will improve our competitive position and contribute significantly to better working conditions for our employees." 

The company noticed the potential of the special glass packaging segment last year. To make the most of it, they transformed a lighting glass unit into a packaging glass unit (Special).

This gave them room to expand the packaging glass unit and bring in the employees from the discontinued programme. The Special unit was upgraded with an up-to-date machine with a higher capacity.

The investment work also included space for an extra packaging glass line in the Vitrium unit (tableware), making it possible to bring in the six-section IS machine from the Special unit.

Today, the Vitrium unit processes up to 80 and the Special unit 160 tons of glass respectively. 

By increasing production and making optimum use of both furnaces, the company will reduce the costs per product unit, thus boosting its yield and added value.

“By optimising the production process and making maximum use of the available capacities, Steklarna Hrastnik will increase production, thus reducing the cost of energy per product unit.

"This is important because the company has been facing an above-average increase in the cost of key energy resources in 2018.”

Vitro Glass appoints Guillermo Martinez as Manager of General Marketing


The Mexican glass producer Vitro Glass has appointed Guillermo Martinez as its new Manager of General Marketing.

Mr Martinez has spent his entire 14-year-career with Vitro Glass. His new role will be to oversee customer and channel marketing strategies, lead strategic marketing projects across the United States and Mexico, and promote the use of energy-efficient glass through compliance with regulatory codes. 

Ricardo Maiz, Vice President of Vitro Architectural Glass, Mexican Operations, said: “Guillermo has succeeded at every position he has held at Vitro. 

“We’re excited to leverage his expertise to enhance our market position in Mexico and to drive our strategic marketing initiatives in that region.”

The veteran was previously a Strategic Planning Manager for the flat glass division and a Strategic Planning and Marketing Manager for the automotive division. He also served as a member of the mergers and acquisitions and post-merger integration teams when Vitro acquired PPG’s (former name of Vitro Architectural Glass) flat glass manufacturing and glass coatings operations in 2016 and Pittsburgh Glass Works’ (PGW) automotive original equipment manufacturer in 2017. 

Mr Martinez has earned an MBA in Global Business Strategy from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. He holds a bachelor of science degree in Industrial Engineering and a minor in Systems Engineering from Technólogico de Monterrey in Mexico. Mr Martinez also completed the Babson Entrepreneurship Program at Babson College’s FW Olin Graduate School of Business.

He is currently pursuing credentialing as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Associate to further support energy efficiency and sustainable building practices.

Vitro Glass appoints Deron Patterson as Architectural Market Manager


The Mexican glass producer Vitro Glass has appointed Deron Patterson as its new Architectural Market Manager.

Mr Patterson is has worked in the North American glass industry for 19 years. He has spent the last five years as an international sales manager covering Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean and the Asia-Pacific region.

Ricardo Maiz, Vice President of Vitro Architectural Glass, Mexican Operations, said: “Deron has spearheaded Vitro’s growth in the important Mexico-Latin America region, and he is ideally qualified to take our certified fabricator programme to the next level.

“His expertise will be critical to solidifying Vitro Glass’ leadership position with architects and glazing contractors, and growing the Mexican architectural glass market.”

In his new position at the glass producer, Mr Patterson will direct a team of national architectural managers and support the Vitro Certified fabricators in Mexico. Vitro Certified Network fabricators are supported, audited and certified by Vitro Glass to provide the highest quality of fabricated glass products with accelerated turnaround times to meet project-critical deadlines.

Mr Patterson has previously managed Vitro Glass architectural accounts in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Mexico. He has held roles in both domestic and international sales and marketing departments for PPG glass (the former name of Vitro Architectural Glass).

The veteran was a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Associate since 2010, a member of the US Green Building Council and Sustentabilidad para México (SUMe). He has made hundreds of presentations about the role of high-performance glass in promoting sustainable building at the top architectural firms throughout his sales territories.

Mr Patterson holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from Texas State University and a master’s degree in Theological Studies from Southern Methodist University.

Pictured: Deron Patterson, new Architectural Market Manager of Vitro Glass

Association disappointed with EU Energy Efficiency deal


Glass for Europe’s production will be pushed back as no agreement was found on the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED).

In the last few months, the EU Commission has successfully revised the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and made a trilogue agreement on the revision of the Renewables Energy Directive on June 13.

Despite this, co-legislators failed to agree on a revised EED. Unless an agreement is found in in a last-minute meeting during the next few days, it will mean that the file will be postponed for several months.

Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Climate Action and Energy for Europe Commissioner, said: "[There was] No deal today on Energy Efficiency. 

"[We are] Getting close, [but we are] not there yet. 

"I call on the Parliament and the Council to be flexible and seek compromise. 

"That's the only way for Europe to forge ahead with an ambitious clean energy transition. To be continued."

The delay is a big disappointment for Glass for Europe. This is because regulation can play a decisive role in guiding markets towards the most efficient solutions. It means that there will be a pushback for building renovation and advanced glazing products.

Glass for Europe is continuing to work hard with its counterparts to secure an ambitious and robust EED. The flat glass association is calling for the support of an energy efficiency target as close as possible to 35%, as supported by the European Parliament. 

Now that a 32% target has been agreed for renewables, the call is even more relevant. The higher the energy efficiency target, the more that renewable electricity can be best used to decarbonise Europe’s economy. 

Pictured: Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Climate Action and Energy for Europe Commissioner. 

Nadir Figueiredo ends interest in O-I merger


Brazilian glass manufacturer Nadir Figueiredo has ended its plans to acquire O-I's tableware unit.

Nadir informed the Brazilian authorities on Tuesday night it had decided to give up the planned acquisition.

The company had announced the purchase of Owens-Illinois's Rio tableware unit in May 2017.

But the proposal was met with disapproval by the Brazilian authorities.

Brazil's Administrative Council of Economic Defense (Cade) disapproved of the merger.

It argued that the domestic market for glass utilities was already highly concentrated, even before the proposal.

The two companies were unable to reach an agreement with Cade and therefore decided to abandon the plan.

Nadir Figueiredo is a leader in Brazil's domestic glassware market and the owner of brands such as Marinex and Duralex.

Pictured: Nadir Figueiredo's Suzano site in Sao Paulo.

Pennine Industrial celebrates 50th anniversary


Pennine Industrial celebrated its 50th anniversary with a birthday party for its customers, suppliers and friends.

Approximately 70 people attended a cocktail reception and meal close to its headquarters in Skelmanthorpe, near Huddersfield, UK on Friday night.

The company supplies conveyor chains, sprockets and drives to the glass industry as well as engineered plastics to the plastic industry.

Its Owner, Graham Hobbs (pictured), spoke of his pride at how far the company had come since it was founded as Pennine Technical and Design Services by his father, Leonard, in 1968.

He told the audience: “When I think back 50 years ago my dad had two employees and we’re now about 68 employees and I’m proud of that.

“I’m proud of the many people who have worked in one sense for me and in one sense with me. Some of the people have been with me for more than 30 years.”

When Graham started working for the business 45 years ago, his father had an idea to do with chains and suggested Graham focus on it.

“He offered me a desk with a phone and that’s how I started,” said Graham Hobbs.

He added: “Years later people would ask him if it is nice to work with your son and he would joke, I don’t know I work for him!”

“I think my father would be very proud to where we are. I’m obviously proud it's a family business, I’m proud of my kids and I’m proud of the fact that for 50 years we have taken on apprentices every year.”

Stara Glass engineer wins Furnace Solutions award


Stara Glass’s Giorgio Minestrini won the award for best presentation at last week’s Furnace Solutions event.

Mr Minestrini won the Michael Garvey Award for his paper Primary Techniques for NOx containment for a More Sustainable Glass Industry.

An abstract of his paper is available to view here .

On receiving the award Mr Minestrini said: “I would like to dedicate this award to all of us in the glass scientific community because I think that no one can work alone and thanks to the work of all of us the glass industry can achieve higher and higher results.” 

The Furnace Solutions event is organised by the UK Society of Glass Technology’s Melting Technical Committee (MTC).

MTC Chairman Nigel Longshaw said: “It was a paper that stood out because it highlighted a problem and potential solutions but he was honest enough to say there are other solutions available.

“We’re keen on these types of problem-solving papers rather than a paper that tries to sell us something.”

A total of 87 people attended the two-day event held in Lucideon, Stoke-on-Trent on June 6 and 7.

Visitors came from Japan, USA and Costa Rica as well as several European countries and included glassmakers, glass technology suppliers and associations.

They heard eight conference papers on day two and seven papers on the opening Training Day.

Mr Longshaw added: “It has been a stimulating two days. Everybody has enjoyed it and everybody has got something from it.

“One of the things that was said was that the industry should be sending young engineers on these training courses and not people in their late 40s and older. Young people need to know the history of the technology but are not being exposed to it.

“That can only be led from the top. Young people should be encouraged to learn from the people here who have had the experience of working in the glass industry for years.”

Delegate, Fred Aker, from German furnace engineering company Sorg, said: "This was my first Training Day and Furnace Solutions and I was very impressed with the format and quality of the visitors. The format allowed for a lot of networking and the breaks kept the presentations fresh.

“The organisation was perfect and things were kept moving on time.

“I don't know if I personally can attend regularly but I will recommend that someone from SORG does take part."

Conference papers were presented by Sefpro, Stara Glass, Glass Service (Czech Repubilc), Air Products, Luft Und Thermotechnik Bayreuth, FIC UK, Sorg and Ametek Land.

Glassmakers to attend included Stolzle Flaconnage, Nippon Electric Glass, Ardagh, Bormioli Luigi, Vicesa and Guardian Industries.

Pictured: Mr Minestrini (left) receives the award from MTC Chairman, Nigel Longshaw.

Brazil’s Vidroporto chooses Xpar Vision


Vidroporto has chosen Xpar Vision as its new hot end inspection partner. 

The Porto Ferreira, Sao Paulo, Brazil-based glass manufacturer installed the latest generation XPAR IR-D double camera system. 

The system was recently installed, together with the inauguration of a new 12 section triple IS machine. After extensive staff training by Xpar consultants, it now provides a valuable tool in optimising the glass production process.

With quality and performance level mainly being determined in the Hot End, the IR-D is an objective analysis and measurement tool, capable to detect differences in these aspects of the forming process.

The IR-D system is an invaluable tool for process monitoring, relating defects detected automatically to cavity of origin and using indicators or related trends at one or more zones in the bottle and ware spacing and positioning, resulting in effective machine monitoring.

IR-D also allows for effective root cause analysis and for process improvements in transport, job change, swabbing, maintenance and mould designs. Xpar Vision systems have been in use in the Brazilian glass industry for more than a decade and with Vidroporto, yet another important regional producer is added to the ever growing client list. 

Edson Rossi, president director of Vidroporto Embalagens: “Vidroporto is always looking to supply its clients with the highest possible quality products and we could not be happier with the performance of the Xpar equipment.”

Paul Schreuders, CEO Xpar Vision added: “Latin America - and Brazil in particular - has been an important region for us, for many years now.

"It goes without saying that we have dedicated consulting and sales staff for this continent. We are very happy to cooperate with Vidroporto, helping its industry to an even higher level of quality, efficiency and profitability.”

To find out more about Xpar visit www.xparvision.com or contact its International Account Manager responsible for Latin America, Job van de Laar, at laar@xparvision.com

The second Convention of Glass Associations discuss the future of glass


This year’s Convention of Glass Associations was held on 6th-7th June on the glassmaking island of Murano, Italy with 15 associations in attendance from all around the globe.

The second convention was held at the Stazione Sperimentale del Vetro (SSV) and organised by Vitrum and the Italian Trade Agency (ITA).

Organiser and Vitrum President, Dino Zandonella Necca, said: “This is a fantastic venue and I’m very happy that we can communicate the history and the future of the glass industry.

 “I’d like to thank the Italian Trade Agency who is responsible for this.

“The Italian Trade Agency views the glass industry in Italy as one of its most important industries.

“We [usually] have nearly 48% foreign and 52% Italian visitors.

“China was one of the biggest countries present at Vitrum, then Germany and Spain.

“We think Vitrum would be a good meeting point for the associations.”

Each association gave a 10-minute presentation outlining the role of their organisation as well as the challenges and opportunities they face.

A particularly interesting presentation was by the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) about security and safety glazing. The presentation covered how we could minimise the risks in built up areas from terrorists, incidents, natural disasters and man made tragedies. Key points included the education of governments, house builders and homeowners.

Associations that participated in the two-day event included GIMAV, VDMA, Abravidro, AGGA, Steklosouz, ATIV, the International Commission on Glass and Glass for Europe. 

On the second day, an activity included an art demonstration by the glass artist and 'perlera', Lisette A. Caputo of Maison Lisette Murano. Ms Caputo practises the ancient Venetian artisan tradition of making glass beads for necklaces, bracelets and other jewellery. 

The associations then had a follow-up discussion of what has happened in the year since the last conference and what the goals were before the next meeting. Topics included technical and production standardisation, education and training, history and culture, energy and environmental stewardship.

The event also included a visit to the Holy See Pavilion, San Giorgio Church and Le Stanze del Vetro, a prestigious gallery-museum dedicated to the history and culture of glass processing from the early 1900s, on the island of San Giorgio.

Pictured: Laura Biason, Director of GIMAV (left), Dino Zandonella Necca, President of Vitrum, (middle) and Stefano Manoli, Director of SSV (right)

Verallia’s Cognac plant celebrates 55th anniversary


Verallia’s Cognac facility celebrated its 55th anniversary on Saturday with an open day for the families of the site’s 500 employees and subcontractors. 

The day was organised with the participation of all the site’s teams and gathered more than 300 visitors.

The day’s agenda included a guided tour of the plant, photo exhibition highlighting the team’s glassmaking know-how and solidarity, various activities run by the employees and glassmakers’ sports associations, planting of a tree and a country evening.

Plant manager, Christian Garnaud said: “Our ambition is to be a benchmark glass plant and we have all the trump cards in our hands to get there: the love of the glassmaking profession, the attachment to our plant, solidarity, strong human relations and a positioning at the hearts of our markets.

"I would like to thank all the plant’s teams for their involvement and our customers whose trust is binding on all of us.”


In 1878, Claude Boucher, a 36-year old inventor and self-made man, originally from Cognac, founded the Faubourg Saint-Martin glass plant in Cognac.

He installed his invention there: a mechanised glass-blowing machine. His idea in fact was to put an end to the harsh working conditions of the operators who were blowing down rods with their mouths to produce bottles.

Many French and foreign firms bought the patent to make Claude Boucher’s machine (UK, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Chile, Cuba, Argentina).

In the 1930s, the Boucher machine was replaced by the more competitive IS machine (named after its inventors Ingle and Smith).

In 1919, the Claude Boucher glass factory was acquired by Saint-Gobain. In 1960, the business decided to combine three of the group’s glass plants - Arlac (33), Angers (49) and Cognac (16) – on a single site at Châteaubernard, close to Cognac. The Verrerie de l’Ouest started in 1963.

In 2015, Saint-Gobain sold its packaging division - called Verallia since 2011 - to Apollo et Bpifrance.

Today, with its three furnaces which produce up to 2 million bottles a day, the Cognac site mainly serves three markets:

Still wines: green colour, South-West regions (Bordelais, Anjou.),
Some sparkling wines: ciders in particular,
Cognacs and spirits: extra-flint colour, required by most Cognac houses, regardless of their size and positioning.

Verallia is a manufacturing group entirely dedicated to glass packaging.

It is anchored in Charente where it employs around 430 people on four manufacturing sites (glass plant, household glass treatment facility Everglass, René Salomon facilities, Société Charentaise de Décor acquired in April 2017).

IVC installs Vertech’s SIL equipment


Mexican container glassmaker IVC has installed Vertech’s SIL equipment on its fourth furnace.

Industria Vidriera de Coahuila (IVC) is a joint-venture between Owens Illinois and Constellation Brands based in Nava, Mexico. 

French technology supplier Vertech has installed SILC on 13 production lines. In addition 14 decoration lines have been equipped with SILDeco, a SIL product dedicated to decoration.

It has equipped more than 50 production lines in Latin America.

The second Convention of Glass Associations to take place in Italy


Vitrum's Convention of the International Glass Industry Associations will take place on 6-7th June this year at the Stazione Sperimentale del Vetro (SSV) in Murano, Venice.

This year, the two-day meeting will bring together global leaders from the world of glass in Italy. Vitrum (Italy’s international glass exhibition) and the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) organised the convention. 

The first successful meeting was in 2017 and it led to another meeting in October at Vitrum in Milan, where relationships were strengthened. 

Delegates will attend the convention in Murano, the island of glass, from countries all over the world. This includes Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Finland, the United Kingdom, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, the United States, Switzerland and Italy. Representatives from 15 international glass industry publications have also been invited to attend.

Topics that will be discussed include technical and production standardisation, education and training, history and culture, energy and environmental stewardship. These topics were identified as priorities by all the delegates a year ago and will be analysed in depth by various representatives this year, based on the latest developments and new requirements.

Other activities include a demonstration of ancient ‘beadmakers’ art, the typically Venetian artisan tradition of making glass beads for necklaces, bracelets and other jewelry.

The second Covention of International Glass Industry Associations will conclude with a visit to ‘Le Stanze del Vetro’, a prestigious gallery-museum dedicated to the history and culture of glass processing from the early 1900s to present, on the island of San Giorgio.

Pictured: Dino Zandonella Necca, President of Vitrum

AGC Glass celebrates float plant’s 120th anniversary in France


Belgian flat glass producer AGC Glass Europe celebrated the 120th anniversary of its Boussois float glass plant in northern France.

The ceremony took place on Friday, 1st June. Delegates included the District Sub-Prefect Alexander Grimaud, politicians, press and glass specialists. A 180 x 40 cm float line cake was baked to mark the occasion.

The float glass plant is now the largest producer of flat glass in France, with two float lines and a total capacity of more than 1,300 tonnes per day. It consists of 230 employees and specialises in clear glass production (Planibel Clearlite) and glass with a high light transmission (Planibel Clearvision) for the construction and indoor furnishings industries. 

It has also recently started to produce XXL glass sheets with an outsize length of 16 metres (compared with the industry standard of 6 metres) for prestige architectural projects.

Boussois has previously demonstrated its innovative capabilities in 2008 when it was the first in the world to introduce oxycombustion into its process, with the combustion gas pre-heated by heat recovered from the flue gases. This system led to a reduction in energy consumption by around 25% along with significant reductions in atmospheric emissions: 15% less carbon dioxide (CO2), 38% less sulphur dioxide (SO2) and 83% less nitrogen oxides (NOx), making it one of the most ecological in the world. 

Instead of being fed with ordinary air, the furnace operates with 100% pure oxygen. Since ordinary air contains only 20% oxygen and 80% nitrogen, oxycombustion prevents burning nitrogen, which only wastes energy and does not contribute to the process.

Pictured: AGC Glass team at the recent ceremony in honour of the plant Boussois' 120thanniversary

Unimin becomes Covia following merger


Glassmaking raw materials company Unimin is now known as Covia following a merger.

The combination of Unimin and sand miner Fairmount Santrol was completed last week.

Covia will be an industrial mineral company with about $2 billion in annual revenue.

Jenniffer Deckard, president and CEO of Covia, who had held the titles at Fairmount Santrol, said: “The strong foundation built by our two highly complementary legacy organisations underpins an industry leader, strongly positioned to serve customers' needs through our broad array of high-quality products, distinctive technical capabilities, and the industry's most comprehensive production and distribution network. 

“We look forward to utilizing these unique competitive advantages to achieve our near-term synergy goals and to create significant long-term value for all of our stakeholders."

As of June 1, 2018, Covia had 132.5 million fully diluted shares outstanding. Approximately 65% of Covia common stock is owned by SCR-Sibelco NV.

Guardian Glass makes €50 million investment in environmental technology


US manufacturer Guardian Glass has spent €50 million on environmental technology and emissions control at its European plants.

The global flat glass manufacturer based in Michigan, United States, has invested more than €50 million in the last five years to equip all of its float facilities in Europe with the best available technology and emissions control systems that reduce emissions by 80-90% for certain pollutants from the float glass process.

The investments to meet the global demand are much higher.

Kevin Baird, President and CEO of Guardian Glass said: “There has been very strong demand in the last several years, which is still increasing, for low iron glass.

“The difference between UltraClear low-iron glass and glass with more or an ordinary amount of iron is pretty remarkable when they are side by side.

“And [the demand is] also mostly for interiors; for textured and patterned glass.

“So given our focus on product or process innovation, we do invest heavily in R&D.

“This will be the biggest investment year in Guardian history. 

“Some of the investments include a new jumbo-coater that will launch in the US in a couple of months, maybe in September.

“Of course, we are doing cold tank repairs throughout the world.

“We finished one in Brazil earlier this year, we’re in the middle of one in Poland and we will start one in the US later this year.”

Since 2016, Guardian Glass has seen healthy demand for glass, and it believes that over the next five years, glass will continue to grow by 4% a year. 

Guus Boekhoudt, Vice President of Guardian Glass and General Manager of Guardian Glass in Europe, said: “I’m very proud that the biggest investment of Guardian Glass is going to be in Poland.

“It’s a thousand-tonne tank and will be 16 million m2.

“The plant will start up in the third quarter of 2019 and will create around 50 new jobs, so I think that’s important.

“With this investment, I hope that we will strengthen our position in the European market as a leading producer of float, coated and laminated glass.”

Guardian Glass has also opened a new research centre in the last year based in Luxembourg. The aim is to create 'beautiful glass products' that are energy efficient and sustainable.

Sheldon Davis, Vice President of Science, Technology and Innovation at Guardian Glass, said: “I’m very happy and pleased.

“We’ve done this because Europe is a very important market to us.

“And I think that it’s important to us in a number of ways.

“Not only is it a place where business is good and markets are growing, but it’s a place where we really need to be in touch with our customers.

“So we have created a centre in part to satisfy the needs of those customers, get to know those customers and be able to take our global technology and bring it to the European context in a more effective and efficient way.”

Guardian Glass will be exhibiting at glasstec 2018 on 23rd-26th October in Düsseldorf, Germany. 

Pictured: Kevin Baird, President and CEO of Guardian Glass

Verallia invests €28m to modernise Vauxrot plant


Verallia has invested €28 million in its Vauxrot, France glass container plant. 

The plant’s furnace has been totally rebuilt and extended to supply a 4th production line. 

The investment has modernised production equipment and increased the capacity of the site, which Verallia said was a champion of fast colour and model job-changes.

The site can now make up to 700,000 bottles a day for the wines and spirits market, and the beer segment, supporting the boom in micro-breweries in particular.

Vauxrot is one of two group plants in France to produce yellow and dark amber bottles, alongside its Saint-Romain-le-Puy, Loire site.

Verallia Chairman and CEO, Michel Giannuzzi, celebrated the furnace restart.

He said: “This investment is a sign of our commitment to our customers in terms of quality and flexibility. It will allow us to meet the vitality of the markets and their high-end repositioning with a rising demand for a differentiated offer.”

The furnace is equipped with end port regenerative technology and meets energy consumption and air emission standards. 

It can now run on gas, contrary to the previous 100% fuel installation. Vauxrot recycles cullet processed by Verallia’s subsidiary, Everglass, in Rozet-Saint-Albin, around 30km from the site.

The Vauxrot plant is Verallia’s historical glass factory, built in 1827. It is located in the villages of Soissons, Cuffies and Crouy, and has 150 employees.

Thanks to the new installations they now have better working conditions: soundproofing in the hot-end cabin, access footbridges on the furnace for hot interventions and widespread use of hoists on the machines to reduce load-carrying.

Around 100 people attended the celebratory event: customers – including La Maison Cointreau, a long-standing partner of the plant -  suppliers from the construction project, representatives from the local communities and from Verallia’s two shareholders - Apollo and Bpifrance.

Iris Inspection recruits sales manager


Iris Inspection machines has recruited a sales manager for the South American and Iberian regions.

Gaétane Le Dru joined Lyon-based Iris Inspection machines as Area Sales Manager for Spain and Portugal, as well as for Central and South America. 

Ms Le Dru has 25 years experience in sales and customer support roles. She developed direct technical experience of the international hollow glass manufacturing business while working at Sonicam for four years, selling the company’s specialist mould polishing equipment.   

Iris Inspection machines is dedicated to the delivery of non-contact inspection solutions for the world’s glass container and tableware producers. 

Gaétane’s association with close inspection and quality issues also extends beyond her day-to-day business life.

Outside of work, her hobbies include competitive ballroom dancing, where she is a regional tango and rumba champion and playing the piano, having previously won the Madeleine de Valmalete piano competition. 

Pic: Gaétane Le Dru (centre) with IRIS Inspection machines Directors, Philippe Volay (left) and Jean-Luc Logel. 

Saint-Gobain to invest in €45m mineral wool production line in France


French glass manufacturer, Saint-Gobain, will invest in a €45m blowing glass mineral wool production line in Angers, France.

Saint-Gobain plans to invest €45m in a new blowing glass mineral wool production line at its Isover plant in Chemillé near Angers.

The line is being built to meet a rising demand in the French market for roof space thermal insulation solutions.

It demonstrates Saint-Gobain’s commitment to the climate and its active participation in the building energy renovation plan.

The multinational company is also planning to open new production lines with this investment at its plants in Azuqueca near Madrid, Spain and Vidalengo near Milan, Italy. The lines will become operational in spring and autumn this year.

The glass wool production line in Chemillé is scheduled to come on stream mid-2019.

Pictured: Saint-Gobain's Isover plant in Chemillé

Ardagh plant plans downtime


Ardagh's glass plant in Ruston, Simsboro, USA will have downtime starting approximately July 23 for six months, reports The News Star.

Read the report here https://eu.thenewsstar.com/story/money/2018/05/23/ruston-glass-plant-plans-downtime/639315002/

Owens Corning completes acquisition of Chinese mineral wool manufacturer


US glass producer Owens Corning has announced the completion of its Guangde SKD Rock Wool Manufacture acquisition in Guangde, China.

The mineral wool manufacturer’s sales were approximately $10 million in 2017. Mineral wool is the primary insulation material in China due to its lifesaving and fire protection properties.

Julian Francis, Insulation Business President at Owens Corning, said: “We see great opportunity to provide our customers in China with products in both the mid temperature building and high-temperature industrial-application markets. 

“This acquisition furthers our strategy to expand Owens Corning’s technology portfolio across the three largest insulation markets in the world.”

The US glass producer now has seven insulation manufacturing facilities across China, providing customers with a full temperature range of products including fiberglass, extruded polystyrene foam, cellular glass and mineral wool insulation.

Paul Wei, Vice-President and Managing Director of Asia Pacific at Owens Corning, said: “We are pleased to further scale our mineral wool manufacturing capabilities in China.

“We will continue to invest in and leverage our deep building science and construction expertise to meet our customers’ growing needs in this important market.”

Glaston continues legal process against Chinese glass manufacturer


Finnish glass technology supplier Glaston is continuing to defend its Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) against NorthGlass in Shanghai, China.

Glaston, based in Helsinki, Finland, began a process against Shanghai NorthGlass Technology Industrial and its distributor in Germany in 2012. The process was for patent violations relating to one of its bending and tempering technologies from 1995. A first instance judgement was passed in Glaston’s favour in Germany in January 2017.

Sasu Koivumäki, Senior Vice-President of Machines at Glaston, said: “As the technology leader of our industry, we will continue to protect our Intellectual Property Rights globally. 

“Unfortunately, as court decisions haven’t been respected by NorthGlass, indirect parties like glass processors had to be affected by the process.”

Glaston holds patents for all its key solutions and has been successful in defending its IPRs so far. Patent infringement decisions have been issued against NorthGlass favouring Glaston in the UK in 2006 and Canada in 2010.

Mr Koivumäki explained: “We really try to minimise the harm but at the same time want to point out that we are defending our assets and rights.

“Defending these rights has not been made easy but especially in cases where the acquisition of lines is published we have an opportunity to take action.”

The Federal Court of Canada gave its decision in 2014 on the damages and ordered NorthGlass to pay Glaston €1.3 million. However, the damages and accrued interest since 2014 have remained unpaid. Therefore, the glass technology supplier will only book any related income in its financial results when the payment has been received.

In order to speed up the process, Glaston has initiated a legal process to enforce the positive judgement of Canadian legal proceedings in damage compensation in Germany. Although the court gave a judgement in Glaston’s favour in late 2017, the process is still not yet complete and an application for permission to appeal has been made to a higher court. 

In the meantime, in order to safeguarding its rights, Glaston has applied to the court for seizure of payment between NorthGlass and its client as a security measure. The court has now granted the seizure in favour of Glaston. As a result, Glaston may now advance on its measures and aim for the actual seizure of the payment. The Finnish glass-processing specialist is also considering other options for securing the compensation. 

Currently, Glaston has several IPR infringement investigations on-going in Europe and Asia.

US bank backs first float manufacturing plant in Nigeria


The US bank Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) has backed the $71.9m build of Nigeria’s first float glass-manufacturing plant.

The aim of this plant is to meet the rising infrastructure-driven domestic demand in order to diversify the Nigerian economy.

Keiko Honda, CEO and Executive Vice President of MIGA, said: “This project helps Nigeria diversify away from the oil and gas sector.

“It will also help integrate domestic and regional markets, and stimulate entrepreneurship, consequently contributing to growth and job creation.”

Nigeria’s infrastructure development has led to a high demand for float glass, however most of the supply at the moment is through imports and does not meet domestic needs.

The plant will have a capacity of 500 tonnes per day and will produce tinted and solar control coated glass. 80% of the production will be sold locally and the balance will be exported to other countries in West Africa.

MIGA has issued guarantees of $71.9m in support of the construction, operation and maintenance of a float glass plant in Nigeria. The guarantees cover a loan by the China Development Bank, and an equity investment and non-shareholder loan by CNG Investment in Nigeria.  

Cui Xiangdong, CEO of the project sponsor China Glass Holdings, said: “MIGA’s political risk insurance cover is a critical component of our overall risk management framework within Nigeria.”

The flat glass processor China Glass Holdings will provide technical training for local staff. 

Austrian manufacturer celebrates LiSEC plant’s ten-year anniversary


Interpane in Austria is celebrating its ten-year anniversary of LiSEC’s KSR plant.

Ten years ago, the glass manufacturer Interpane based in Parndorf, Austria invested in a new KSR plant from technology provider LiSEC. It has since been a core part of its glass production in order to grind glass sheets. 

Markus Halbauer, Processing Team Leader at Interpane, said: “The KSR station runs like clockwork.

"It seams extremely well, delivers a great grinding profile, and works at a wonderful speed.”

The KSR station runs in a three-shift operation and produces an average daily rate of nearly 2,000 linear metres.

“If we check the water quality, set and clean the sensors regularly, then nothing can happen; the station is nearly maintenance-free, which helps us a lot.”

The KSR plant is made of stainless steel and designed for fast and flexible edge seaming. The grinding head of the station is able to rotate 495°. This enables all four sides of the glass sheet to be seamed in one single rotation, resulting in the ideal and gentle dressing process of the glass edge. The grinding belts also adjust automatically to the respective sheet thickness.

Jozef Frisik, Technical Manager at Interpane, said: “Without a doubt, LiSEC offers the best service in the industry. 

“The service employees and technicians treat us with respect and respond to our requests.

“They do everything they can to provide a solution as quickly as possible.

“This level of quality is really unique.”

Extra papers for Furnace Solutions event


​More papers have been added to the Training Day at next week's Furnace Solutions conference.

Chris Windle, of DSF Refractories and Minerals, will discus the key to high float glass yield is the performance of the tin containment material; the tin bath blocks.

Tin bath block characteristics have been the root cause for many glass defects over decades of manufacture.

Chris will review the tests and solutions devised to achieve the high level of performance expected from float glass manufacture today.

Richard Hulme of Guardian Glass will present a paper titled Safety In Numbers? Why some process variables are key to safe, consistent and optimized furnace operations.

The two-day Furnace Solutions conference and Traiing Day takes place on June 6 and 7 at Lucideon, Stoke-on-Trent, UK. 

For more details about the conference and book your place at this years’ event visit www.furnacesolutions.co.uk

Friends of Glass partners with ocean conservation group


Europe’s Friends of Glass community has formed a partnership with marine conservation organisation Surfrider Foundation Europe in support of activities to protect the ocean. 

Since last autumn’s release of BBC’s Blue Planet II, concern over the state of marine systems and oceans has grown and public attention has focused on the need to make more sustainable choices in everyday life. 

According to a recent Europe-wide survey carried out with the Friends of Glass community, 78% of Europeans have noticed a change in their own behaviour and pay more attention on the environmental impact of their daily life and actions. 

This is having an impact on how European consumers are choosing to shop.

The survey reveals that 73% of Europeans rate glass as the most ocean-friendly packaging, and 78% rank it amongst top packaging choices when buying their food and beverage products.

Because of its infinite recycling potential, glass is regarded as one of the most sustainable and eco-friendly forms of packaging on the shelves. 

Even if a glass container were to end up in the ocean, it does not leach harmful chemicals or end up as micro particles that may pollute the ocean and harm our marine systems.

 “With almost 6,300 responses to our Consumer Barometer in the space of just four weeks, it’s clear that this is an issue close to people’s hearts,” said Adeline Farrelly, Secretary General of FEVE, the European Container Glass Federation on behalf of the Friends of Glass Community.  

“People are realising that our oceans are in a bad state: we simply aren’t giving enough consideration to the packaging we’re buying, and 8 million tonnes of waste ends up in the sea each year. It’s not too late to do something about it,” said Florent Marcoux, Surfrider Foundation’s Executive Director.  

The donation will see an extra 6,000 kilograms of marine litter collected on Europe’s shorelines in the coming months, resulting in the preservation of 300,000 m² of beach.

It will also support Surfrider Foundation Europe’s efforts to raise awareness of the impact of plastic pollution, allowing them to reach an additional 5,000 citizens across Europe.

Zippe acquires Lahti’s glass business


Batch plant specialist Zippe Industrieanlagen has acquired the glass unit from the Finnish company Lahti Precision.

The glass unit will continue its operation under the new company name Lahti Glass Technology.

The previous owner has exited the glass business. Existing orders will however be completed with the support of the new entity.

Mr. Jarmo Näppi will be the new Managing Director of Lahti Glass Technology and remains the contact person for customers, along with his team of professionals.

Zippe CEO, Dr. Philipp Zippe, said: “We are extremely happy about this acquisition, as it will create new opportunities in the development of new technologies, combined with the ability to serve our customers even better through increased service capabilities and an expanded geography for our national and international clients. 

“Lahti will bring in further competencies e.g. in the field of raw material weighing, while we will also collaborate in the field of Research & Development in order to create outstanding technological solutions for which the potential has now become mutually bigger.”

“The technologies and individual market strengths of both companies complement perfectly,” said Mr Näppi.

Service-orientation will be strengthened further due to an increased international footprint and a bundling of competencies. 

Lahti Glass Technology will continue to serve its existent customers in the same way while now having the additional back-up of Zippe’s specialists from its headquarters in Wertheim, Germany.

“At the end, it is all about people,” said Günther Mlynar, MD of Zippe Industrieanlagen.

“The enlarged engineering workforce and experience will perfectly complement and strengthen Zippe’s own portfolio of highly-qualified specialists from which all customers will benefit at the end.”   

Pictured: Dr. Philipp Zippe (right) and Mr. Jarmo Näppi.

AGR appoints Patrick Goossens as research scientist


Patrick Goossens has joined the American Glass Research (AGR) Testing Laboratory team in Delft, the Netherlands as a Research Scientist.

Patrick's main areas of responsibility include glass forming issues, manufacturing audits and fracture diagnosis.  

He will also have considerable involvement with internal research projects and technical papers as they relate to container manufacturing and container performance.  

Patrick (pictured) has 20 years experience in the glass industry with Ardagh Glass and Heye International. 

Patrick graduated from NCOI Business School, Rotterdam and holds a VAPRO degree in Process Technology.

His email address is pgoossens@agrintl.com

Indian federation launch special sessions to celebrate World Environment Day


The All India Glass Manufacturers’ Federation (AIGMF) have organised special sessions to celebrate World Environment Day.

The AIGMF’s special sessions were held at the Hotel Pride Plaza in Delhi, India. 

The first session was organised by the federation’s Executive Committee and the key message was to adopt glass bottles. The logos were Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan (the clean India campaign), which showcased India’s commitment to a greener environment.

Raj Kumar Mittal, President of the AIGMF, said: “We have been gifting glass bottles in all AIGMF events ever since Prime Minister Modi announced Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan.”

It has become apparent that people worldwide are calling for a ban on plastic. Therefore, the AIGMF is promoting its best solution on how to beat pollution, which is to adopt glass bottles.

Bharat Somany, Vice President of the AIGMF, said: “For our most recent initiative on a drawing competition for school children, we have received an overwhelming response from students who have shared wonderful drawings and ideas on adopting glass bottles in our daily lives.”

The names and drawings of the winners of the competition will be announced on World Environment Day, which is June 5th. 

The second session was about Soda Ash for Glass Manufacturing, which was held parallel to the Executive Committee meeting. 

Marguerite Morrin, a guest speaker and Senior Director of Chemicals at IHS Market, said: “Soda Ash is used in glass manufacturing, which is produced both naturally as well as in chemical form.”

Key topics covered in her presentation included: Top producers, a global supply profile, capacity changes by type and geography, soda ash and the environment, natural soda ash and its place in the global soda ash industry and new environmentally focused demand sectors such as lithium carbonate and solar panels. 

Specially manufactured glass bottles by Hindustan National Glass and Industries were debuted, which included World Environment Day and Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan logos. This was in response to public demand for responsible and safe packaging.

A short video was released in Hindi on the benefits of glass packaging. It was an additional video to the English version, which was released earlier this year.

The third session was about the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Container Glass in India. It was a result of an earlier LCA study in 2012, which provided a foundation of the meaningful use of LCA results and portrayed a green image of the product amongst consumers and other stakeholders.

Mr Mittal concluded: “Glass is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity.

“Glass is the trusted and proven packaging for health, taste and the environment.

“[There will be an] uninterrupted supply of glass containers for packaging drug formulations, food products and beverages, which is directly linked to Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan.”

Pictured: Marguerite Morrin's presentations on a Global Overview on Soda Ash and Soda Ash & the Environment.

Bystronic Glass builds insulating glass production line


German glass technology provider, Bystronic Glass, has built an insulating glass (IG) production line

Bystronic Glass has built the B’Jumbo XXL, a 165-metre IG production line, which will automatically produce insulating glass of up to 18 metres. 

The production line has recently entered service at Thiele Glas, a German glass manufacturer. 

Stephen Kammerer, Product Engineering Manager of Bystronic Glass, said: “This production line is an enormous unique step that was previously unheard of and offers the glass processing industry comprehensive new options.

“We are proud to combine our experience in innovation with our glass processing machine understanding which dates back over 50 years and subsequently can launch lines such as the B’Jumbo XXL onto the market.”

Bystronic Glass states that this production line is the 'longest glass production line in the world'. It is also resource-efficient and sustainable. 

Mr Kammerer said: “However, sustainability is also extremely important to us. 

“Despite all over-dimensions, extreme importance was attached to energy efficiency and sustainable production during the design of the line.”

The B’Jumbo XXL is able to produce insulating glass or façade glass in new dimensions. Its maximum dimensions are 3.30 metres in height and 18 metres in length. The maximum glass that can be processed is up to 10 tonnes.

Mr Kammerer explained: “What also sets it apart from other sealing robots in the glass industry is its automatic material changing system that allows operator-free changing of the sealing material – from polysulphide to silicone for instance – inside two minutes.

“Furthermore, there are several under-gripping options in the discharge area that support the removal of the fully sealed Jumbo units.”

The production line is able to seal even deep spacer setbacks of rectangular units and shaped formats considerably quicker than other robots that are common in the sector, even with the current maximum size.

Pictured: B'Jumbo XXL's semi automatic frame positioner 

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Schott’s glass wafers bring augmented reality to life


Schott has developed optical glass wafers for augmented reality (AR) applications.

The wafers help double the total internal reflection angle compared to conventional glass wafers, enabling a larger field of view (FOV) in AR devices.

Its RealView wafers give AR device manufacturers the first opportunity to expand the FOV almost to the limit of human peripheral vision.

It said the new technology lays the groundwork for sizeable advances in this transformative consumer tech field. 

The wafer manufacturing and optical coating takes place in China, where Schott recently started a joint venture investment with Zhejiang Crystal-Optech. 

“Augmented reality should still look like reality,” said Dr. Rüdiger Sprengard, Vice President and Head of Augmented Reality, Advanced Optics at Schott. 

"To raise the bar and meet the requirements of this rapidly expanding market, manufacturers need superior optical wafers with qualities a full order of magnitude greater than what has previously appeared on the market.

"It was a challenge Schott scientists and engineers have accepted in the spirit of pushing the limits of process technology and metrology."

All set for Mir Stekla next week


The 20th anniversary edition of Mir Stekla glassmaking exhibition and conference takes place next week.

The International Exhibition of Glass Products, Technology and Equipment for Manufacturing and Processing glass is held between May 28 – 31 in Pavilion 2 (halls 1, 2) of the Expocentre Fairgrounds in Moscow, Russia.

The exhibition is organised by JSC Expocenter with the support of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, under the patronage of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation.

This year, the exhibition area of ​​11 000m2 will present 189 companies from 19 countries: Austria, Belgium, UK, Hungary, Germany, Israel, Spain, Italy, China, the Netherlands, Belarus, Russia, USA, Ukraine, Finland, France, Croatia, the Czech Republic and Switzerland.

This year about 20 new companies will debut, for many of them the exhibition will open the way to the Russian market.

Among the participants are international suppliers such as Glaston, TIAMA, Grenzebach Maschinenbau, Hegla, Bystronic, Heye International, Horn Glass Industries, Bucher Emhart Glass, Bottero, BDF Industries, Pneumofore, Mountain Glass, Landglass Technology, Lahti Precision, Sklostroj Turnov, Saint-Gobain Sefpro, Omco Croatia, Motim Kadko, Stara Glass, Hartmann & Bender and Henry F. Teichmann, Inc.

The exposition introduces the latest know-how on the manufacture of glass, modern machines, equipment and tools for the production of glass products.

A conference titled Translucent structures, Windows and Facades takes place within the framework of the exhibition.

The 16th Forum of Directors of Small and Medium company’s and the 2nd All-Russian Conference ‘The World of Glass-2018’ also comprise the business programme of the event.

The exhibition runs from 10.00 to 18.00 hours and on May 31 from 10.00 to 16.00. The official opening will take place on May 28 at 12.00, Pavilion No. 2 (room 2).

More information from www.mir-stekla.com

Pic: 189 exhibitors from 19 countries will exhibt at Mir Stekla this year.

GPI accepting Clear Choice Awards submissions


The Glass Packaging Institute is accepting submissions for the 2018 Clear Choice Awards. 

It is the only awards programme for North America that recognises the contribution glass packaging makes to the image and success of everyday products. 

The awards are open to all North American glass container manufacturers and their customers to submit products introduced between August 2017 and August 2018. 

Products may be entered for an award in one of nine categories.  Enter by August 17, 2018 to win recognition as the “best in glass” at www.ClearChoiceAwards.com.

New this year is a ‘sustainability’ award category. 

“While all glass bottles and jars are 100% and endlessly recyclable as well as ocean-friendly, this category recognises glass containers that feature innovation in light-weighting, high recycled content, returnable and refillable bottles, and more,” said Lynn Bragg, GPI President.

An independent panel of leaders from the food and beverage media and industry, sustainability sector, and design and packaging professionals will judge each submission on four criteria: innovation, package design, shelf impact, and how well the package tells the story of the brand, product or sustainability initiative. 

“We look forward to seeing this year’s submissions,” said Bragg.

“Glass bottles and jars are not only naturally beautiful, but glass is a sustainable and healthy choice that delivers on taste and premium appeal.” 

The 2018 Clear Choice Awards winners will be announced at the Packaging That Sells Conferencein in  Chicago, IL, on October 9, 2018.

Submit an entry to: www.ClearChoiceAwards.com

Pic: The 2017 winners

Glass for Europe unveils new website


Flat glass trade association Glass for Europe has launched its new-look website.

The new website was launched yesterday during the annual meeting with national glass and glazing associations.

 The new website is the last step in the change of visual identity of Glass for Europe, following the launch of the new logo in October last year. 

The look-and-feel of the website was therefore developed using the new visual identity to mirror some of flat glass’ key characteristics such as transparency, cutting-edge design, modernity, etc. 

Images and visuals were chosen to magnify flat glass in its applications and to link to the concepts of clean energy and sustainability, which are at the heart of the industry’s activities.

On the technical side, new IT systems support the website, which allows it to be more robust and versatile. It was developed to deliver content in a more organized way and to provide visitors easy access to all relevant information about the European flat glass industry. 

The navigation sections and dropdown menus were simplified for an improved user-experience. Quick and easy access to policy papers and positions from Glass for Europe is ensured with clearly marked sections and filter possibilities named after EU policy areas. 

The website is now ‘responsive’ so that content adapts to different screen sizes thus facilitating reading on smartphones and tablets.

 Glass for Europe’s Secretary general, Bertrand Cazes, said: “We hope you appreciate this website and make it yours by sharing with us your feedback and impressions!”


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SGD celebrates second furnace at Saint Quentin site


SGD Pharma celebrated the lighting of furnace number 2 at its Saint Quentin La Motte plant, northern France.

More than 70 people attended the inauguration ceremony for the all electric furnace.

The project leader Mme Marie Lurquin (pictured) had the honour of lighting up the new furnace at the ceremony as she was named the ‘Marraine’ - godmother of the furnace.

The furnace will produce borosilicate Type 1 glass for the pharmaceutical industry and was installed after nearly 40 days of rebuild work.

The furnace was rebuilt by the plant’s staff – with help from external contractors -  and the capacity had increased by 10% of the previous furnace’s 300 million vials a year.

Saint Quentin La Motte Plant Manager, Christophe Rogier, said he was proud of the team.

“We have some very experienced and experimental people within both the group and the plant so we were able to manage this project.

“I’m very proud because we have a beautiful plant and we are very proud of this first rebuild of the furnace. The restart was very good and we have reached high production standards in very few days. We were inside the budget and we built it four to five days ahead of schedule.

“The team did a great job and I have already had great feedback from our customers who have visited.”

The company decided to use an electric furnace after a successful experience of a similar furnace at its former Mers le Bains plant, supplied from furnace group Fives.

The Saint Quentin plant produces vials dedicated to the injectable, nasal needs and baby bottles sector. Its main geographical markets are Europe and the USA.

Fourth generation of family works at Gerresheimer Tettau


An electronics engineer is the fourth generation of a family to work at Gerresheimer Tettau’s plant.

Guilio Damiano’s association with the German plant stretches back to his grandfather, who also once worked there.

In addition, his father Georg and uncle Tino both work at the site today as machine setters.

The tale of how Guilio Damiano’s family left Italy started with his grandfather Nazzareno Damiano, who arrived in Steinbach am Wald in the mid-1960s on the hunt for work.

Originally from the province of L’Aquila in Abruzzo, he took the train from station to station along with many other jobseekers, ending up at Steinbach am Wald on what was then the East German border.

Here he secured his first job in glassmaking, before going on to join Tettauer Glas – now Gerresheimer Tettau. He retired 19 years ago.

Guilio’s father Georg and uncle Tino also learned how to be industrial glassmakers.

Their jobs as machine setters mean they are called upon whenever a production line is being converted and ensure that the IS machine is fine-tuned to produce perfect bottles every time. 

Another of Guilio’s relatives, his cousin Klaus Schnappauf, works as a shift leader at the hot end, while Klaus’s son Michael is a setter for the cold-end sorting machines.

Guilio is more interested in the electronic challenges involved in glassmaking.

He enjoys the variety in his work, as industrial electronics engineers are in demand across the whole plant.

His electronics training means he is called on to help every now and again. When something breaks, everything grinds to a halt – especially in an operation such as Gerresheimer Tettau. As well as being highly frustrating, such a situation can also get expensive, and this is where he comes to the rescue. 

Armed with a wiring diagram and the necessary tools, and occasionally clutching his laptop, he gets down to troubleshooting.

However, it is not just a question of repairing a system – machinery and equipment also need to be programmed and serviced, and users have to be instructed in how to operate them. 

Training as an electronics engineer for industrial engineering is an extensive but extremely interesting and rarely dull process.

Guilio firmly believes that he made the right choice. He enjoys the challenge of tackling new tasks.

Once he has passed his journeyman’s exam, he wants to gain professional experience before taking the time to decide on his next career steps.

The Tettau plant has history dating back to 1785. Today it produces cosmetic glass bottles and employs 500 people.

Pictured: Uncle Tino Damiano (hot-end machine setter) and his nephew Guilio Damiano (electronics engineer for industrial engineering) feel right at home at Gerresheimer.

Pace Glass’ recycling facility will focus on residue glass


Pace Glass is planning to focus on 30 Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) glass single stream operations in its new Andover Township, New Jersey site.

The recycling glass processor’s new facility will cost $70-90 million and is situated on 87 acres. The expansion was brought on by an increased demand of cullet in the US and will focus on scraps from all the recycling yards in the entire New Jersey region.

George Valiotis, Pace Glass’ CEO, said: “Our production utilises optical sorters and a very good combination of equipment to sort it and recover the cullet by colour, and produce very clean cullet for our customers.

“Our new facility will also produce finegrind material destined for Owens Corning, JM and Knauf Insulation.

"We anticipate 80-90% of our feedstock to be MRF glass from single stream operations.”

The new site in New Jersey will have a recycling capacity of close to 800,000 tonnes of glass per year and 15,000 tonnes per week.

Mr Valiotis continued: “[We are focusing on MRF] Instead of focusing on clean glass, which is limited and usually produced for beverages, beers and bottle retention centres.

“It’s harder to [focus on MRF glass] because the feedstock is relatively contaminated and it has a lot of other items in there.”

Pace Glass has also made plans for the new site to be energy conscious. This will involve using solar panels, renewable energy and other waste energy technology to burn waste, as well as to create electricity.

To find out more, look out for an interview with Pace Glass' CEO George Valiotis in Glass International's June issue. 

Russian issue out now ahead of Mir Stekla


Glass International’s Russian-language issue is out now, ahead of the Mir Stekla exhibition in Moscow.

The bumper issue contains interviews and articles from some of the leading names within the industry.

The edition will receive extra distribution at the Mir Stekla exhibition and conference which takes place in the Expocentre, Moscow on May 28-31.

View the Russian issue here

At its last 11,500m2 exhibition, Mir Stekla attracted nearly 200 companies from 20 countries around the world and about 8,000 visitors.

The Russian langue issue contains interviews and articles from companies including Heineken, Sorg, Iris Inspection, Tiama, Parkinson-Spencer Refractories (PSR), Heye International, Glasproduktions Service (GPS), Pennine Industrial, Ramsey Products, AGR International and Zippe.

Please pick up a complimentary copy at Mir Stekla or alternatively email the editor for a copy at gregmorris@quartzltd.com

Cover image courtesy of Pennine

Shanghai’s China Glass 2018 was a great success


This year’s China Glass exhibition in April was a great success for exhibitors and visitors.

The 29th China Glass Expo 2018 took place on 19-22 April at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Shanghai, China. It consisted of 33515 visitors from 72 countries, including 28971 domestic visitors and 4544 foreign visitors. Delegates attended from South Korea, India, Vietnam and Japan.

The four-day event organised by the Chinese Ceramic Society attracted 865 manufacturers, including 612 Chinese companies and 253 overseas companies.

The trade fair was made up of seven exhibition halls, which covered an area of 80500m2

China Glass showcased a range of sectors in the glass industry, including: glass products, applications, production lines, manufacturing machines, processing technology and diversified domestic glassware.

Leading domestic and overseas companies launched new production lines at the exhibition. This included CNBM (Neijiang) Glass’ Photoelectric Glass Curtain Wall, LiSec’s Insulating Glass Production Line and Bystronic’s B’ CHAMP WS system for automotive glass and ultra-thin glass processing.

During the technical seminars and production promotions, topics discussed included: heat resistant separation materials, infrared high radiation energy-saving coatings, cloud intelligent manufacturing and industrial robots for glass production, energy saving technology for glass furnaces, new materials, coating applications and new products for the glass printing field. 

The next edition of China Glass will take place on 22-25 May 2019 at the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing, China.

Pictured: The Glass International team at China Glass

Large fire damages Anchor Glass plant


Anchor Glass's Henryetta, Oklaholma, USA plant suffered from a large fire last Wednesday.

According to local media reports the fire damaged four of the plant’s six shops inside.

Authorities suspect a ruptured oil line in the basement of the plant in Henryetta was the cause of a blaze.

Read the story online at Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagelatest/henryetta-glass-plant-part-of-the-fabric-of-the-community/article_e9dcfc1e-c259-552a-8ed1-5d9182e84c3a.html

Pilkington’s coating ensures Scottish building is energy efficient


A landmark building will be one of the most energy efficient buildings in Scotland due in part to glass coatings from Pilkington UK.

The 122 Waterloo Street development (pictured) will be the Glasgow headquarters of global financial services firm Morgan Stanley. 

The scheme has been certified BREEAM Excellent, and achieved an ‘A’ rated Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), the latter based on a detailed assessment of the building’s energy performance.

The glazing helps to minimise this by reducing energy emitted from the building, as well as the heating effect of the sun, both of which can make maintaining a comfortable interior climate more energy-intensive.

The building will offer occupants floor-to-ceiling glazing throughout, with almost uninterrupted views due to the latest Schüco curtain-walling system designed, manufactured and installed by Edinburgh-based façade specialist Charles Henshaw & Sons.

A glass for all seasons

The scale of the building and the large area of glass used means that excessive radiation of heat from the building could lead to rapid heat loss during colder conditions, requiring an increase in heating to keep the interior warm.

To mitigate this effect, the glazing includes a Pilkington Optitherm S1 Plus low-emissivity coating which reflects radiated heat back into the building.

The second issue that can affect buildings where most of the envelope is glazed is excessive heat build-up when the sun shines directly into the interior.

This can be a challenge for building managers, which often require plenty of energy-intensive air conditioning.

To combat this, a solar-control coating was used. It helps reduce the amount of heat energy that is able to enter the building while maintaining high levels of transparency. 

Michael Metcalfe, commercial sales manager at Pilkington UK, said: “The Pilkington Suncool 70/35 T coating selected by the design team offers high visible light transmittance, reduced solar transmittance and excellent low-emissivity all in one product.

“This means the floor space will be brightly lit by sunlight but won’t suffer from overheating on warmer days.”

Clear views

The coatings are not the only innovative part of the glazing used in the project, as the glass is held in place by the latest structurally bonded curtain wall system from manufacturer Schüco.

Each unit contains a large pane of clear glass and a smaller pane of opaque, coloured spandrel glass, creating horizontal lines across the façade between each floor of the building.

The nine-storey building was comlpeted in December 2017 and also includes 155,000ft2 of office space.

O-I to close Atlanta plant


O-I is to cease production at its Atlanta, GA, USA plant. 

The closure is expected to occur on or after July 18, 2018 and the company said the continued decline of the US beer market was the reason for the closure. 

The world’s largest container glassmaker said it would facilitate the closure in a respectful manner for the 250 people staff impacted at the plant. 

The site’s customers will be served by other domestic plants in its network.

It said: “The company remains strongly focused on optimising the overall efficiency of, and investments in, its regional plant network. 

“The required capital outlay for the Atlanta operations and continued decline of beer in the domestic market influenced the decision to close the plant. 

“O-I's supply-demand profile in the US will be roughly balanced after this closure.”

It said it has generated above-market volume growth in categories other than megabeer, such as spirits, wine, food and non-alcoholic beverages. 

This has been due to the conversion of its manufacturing capacity in favour of non-beer products as well as enhanced commercial capabilities.

It cited kombucha, yogurt and sauces as growing premium categories.

GIMAV will take the spotlight at Russia’s Mir Stekla 2018


This year’s Mir Stekla will highlight GIMAV on 28th-31st May 2018 at Expocentre in Moscow, Russia.

The 20th Russian glass exhibition will focus on GIMAV, the association of Italian manufacturers and suppliers of machinery, equipment and special products for glass processing. 

The delegation will display Italy’s best technologies, machinery, systems and accessories for flat and hollow glass.

Laura Biason, GIMAV’s Director, said: “Russia’s economy has had its ups and downs. The drop in oil prices, with the ensuring devaluation of the rouble and geopolitical tensions have weighed heavily on its economy. 

“But now, after almost two consecutive years of recession, it seems the country is beginning to recover. And the effects of this growth are being felt in our industry as well.

“In a single year, the Russian market has climbed from 20th to 10th position in the ranking of our top destination countries, and now stands at 2.52%, double its share in 2015.”

The 140m2 exhibition will showcase ten Italian brands under the GIMAV banner with the support of the Italian Trade Agency (ITA).

Mrs Biason said: “For hollow glass in particular – Russia, as an importer of Italian machinery, ranks 9th globally: a significant rise, especially considering the steep contraction in 2015, when the country dropped from 2nd to 15th place.”

For GIMAV member companies, the rise of Russia’s market in the ranking of major foreign customers is reflected in both the flat glass (now in 27th position, compared to 38th in previous surveys) and hollow glass sectors.

However, a survey by GIMAV Study Center in 2017 showed that the Russian market is still rather critical in terms of expected imports.

At its last 11,500m2 exhibition, Mir Stekla attracted nearly 200 companies from 20 countries around the world and about 8,000 visitors.

Stölzle appoints CEO


Stölzle Glass Group has appointed Mr Georg Feith as its CEO.

Mr Feith took over the position at the European glassmaker at the beginning of May and is familiar with the company, having started his career at the group’s Köflach plant in the 1990s.

He has previously been a CEO in several companies such as Fried von Neuman, the Glanzstoff Group and, recently, alongside Stölzle group owner Dr Cornelius Grupp, Managing Director of CAG Holding.

“It is a great pleasure for me to take responsibility as CEO of the glass group to ensure the further success of our six European production plants and three decoration sites.

"Stölzle is a renowned, successful company, which has gained a string reputation in its international business fields by its customers and partners.

“I’m convinced we will continue to pursue our path of growth and international expansion,” he added.

Heye International provides specialist support for Thai glassmakers


Heye International offers a training centre to provide specialist support for Thai glassmakers.

A centre has been launched to be used for training purposes for local customers. Two engineers are employed to provide detailed hot and cold end training and support for Heye customers. 

Support is available 24 hours/day, seven days/week both in Thai and English. 

It also includes spare parts support and all remote services in particular, diagnostics and remote adjustments.

Asia boasts some of the globe’s most successful glass container production facilities, delivering a diverse range of bottles and jars for beverages, foods, pharmaceuticals and other packaging applications. 

Thailand in particular is home to some of the region’s leading players and features advanced manufacturing technologies.

In recent years, Heye International has realised significant sales growth in this region, with key customers in the Philippines, Vietnam, China, Korea, Taiwanand Thailand. 

The majority of these installations feature Narrow Neck Press and Blow (NNPB) forming process technology as an alternative to conventional blow-blow production methods.

This equipment is assisting customers to increase production speeds and save energy, while also improving returns on investment through the production of lighter containers. 

An important feature of the comprehensive hot end and cold end products and services portfolio provided by Heye is the local availability of ongoing customer support.

This includes its training centre in Thailand, for example. 

Fives celebrates Mexican boosting success


Engineering Furnace group Fives has secured an order for electrical boosters in Mexico.

The boosting will help the customer – which produces soda lime glass - to increase the pull of the furnace as well as their glass quality.

It will give them better control and boost the thermal currents of the molten glass within the melter, raise up the bottom glass to the surface at the barrier and allow it to circulate back to the back of the furnace.

The boosters will also help improve batch retention, residence time, refining, quality and increase output.

Fives is a boosting specialist with more than 140,000kW installed around the globe.

It is a new customer for Fives, which is now actively re-entering the Mexican glass manufacturing market with its range of electric furnace-related equipment.

NSG invests in coated glass to support solar systems


Japanese glass manufacturer, Nippon Sheet Glass (NSG) is to invest 38 billion yen ($346.9 million) in the expansion of the production capacity of coated glass.

The investment in online transparent conductive oxide (TCO) coated glass aims to support the growing solar market.

This investment will fund the restart and upgrade of a currently dormant float line in Vietnam, and kick-start the construction of a new glass production facility in the United States over the next three years.

The expansion of TCO coated glass is the next step in NSG’s shift towards value-added (VA) products as it supports a long-term supply agreement with the photovoltaic (PV) solar systems provider, First Solar. 

Global solar demand is expected to see a double-digit increase every year in the next three years. First Solar is also expanding its production capacity for Series 6, the latest thin film module system with high efficiency and energy yield.

NSG’s TCO coated glass is very durable and has a wide range of applications. It is manufactured with online coating technology, which means that a conductive oxide on the glass surface is forming during its passage through the float line.

With the expanded supply capability for VA products such as solar glass, NSG Group intends to drive its growth strategy while supporting the increased use of renewable energy.

Ramsey Expands All-Steel Conveying Chain Offering


Ramsey recently expanded the All-Steel line of conveying chains to include Side Guide style chains. 

Ramsey All-Steel chains are 100% steel and were originally introduced in Center Guide style chains.

Unlike other chains, which use head protector links made from pressed metal and are susceptible to cracking, All-Steel chains use guard links made from 100% hardened, alloy steel.

Ramsey states that the All-Steel links will never crack under pressure.

It said: “If you have tried other chains and had problems with pressed metal links cracking, those days are over. This product breakthrough is available only from Ramsey.”

Press Glass receives certificate for anti-explosion glass units


Press Glass, a Polish glass technology supplier, has been awarded with a Certificate of Constancy of Performance for its anti-explosion insulated glass units (IGUs).

The Polish scientific research institute, Instytut Ceramiki i Materialow Budowlanych (ICiMB), has issued the certificate for Press Glass' anti-explosion IGUs according to ER1-S class.

The certificate confirms that the anti-explosion IGUs meet all the European standard requirements.

The ICiMB offers services and solutions relating to ceramics, glass and building materials.

Pace Glass plans to build the world’s largest glass recycling facility in New Jersey


Pace Glass plans to build a new glass recycling facility, which will enable it to triple its production capacity to more than 15,000 tonnes per week and 90 tonnes per hour of commercial-grade recyclable glass.

The recyclable glass processor has broken ground on its new 250,000-square-foot glass-recycling facility in Andover Township, New Jersey. 

At the recent ground breaking ceremony, George Valiotis, Pace Glass’ CEO, said: “Especially in densely populated cities throughout the Northeast, the process of how glass is recycled has literally become broken.

"Through our innovative technology that is able to capture and repurpose 90% of what is currently landfilled, Pace Glass has found a way to help remedy that.

“The town of Andover has been instrumental in giving us our approvals, and we feel very fortunate that they have been so supportive.”

Pace Glass’ new site will be creating approximately 80 local jobs in two daily shifts and 60 truck driving jobs, in order to deliver the recycled glass cullet to manufacturers in the Tri-State area, upstate New York, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

Michael Mahoney, Pace Glass’ Chief Operation Officer and Co-founder, said: “We are more than extremely excited about the fact that we’re opening here and the potential growth within the company.

“They have been more than welcoming to bringing in new business and making the process move quickly.

“With the addition of the new Andover Township plant, we will be able to strengthen our position as a leading glass recycling technology provider on a much larger scale.”

US Rep Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), who’s 5th District includes the plant site, presented Mr Valiotis with a Congressional Certificate of Recognition for service to the community.

Mr Gottheimer said: “I am thrilled Pace Glass chose to continue investing in New Jersey workers and families by opening up its second facility in our state.  

“Today’s ground breaking showcased the benefits the new facility will bring to our environment and economy, and demonstrated the power of business and government working together on the same team.”

Plans for the New York recycling firm’s new plant include increasing its intermodal delivery reach to other areas of the United States via flatbed railcars and barges. It will effectively become the nation’s largest facility by output.

The construction of the new plant is to be completed over the next 14 months and operations are expected to begin in early 2019.

Oliver Wiegand named Phoenix Award’s Glass Person of the Year


Oliver Wiegand, owner of Germany’s Wiegand-Glas, will be the 48th recipient of the Phoenix Award and Glass Person of the Year for 2018. 

Mr Wiegand is an individual who has glass in his blood; the history of the Wiegand family and its glass roots can be traced back 450 years.

Oliver has grown up in the family business surrounded by glass production throughout his whole life, supported, guided and influenced by three generations of leading European glassmakers who understood the values of using modern technology, while keeping family values and traditions over the many years of growth within the Wiegand-Glas Group.

Today, Oliver Wiegand forms the 4th generation and is the joint CEO of Wiegand-Glas along with his cousin, Nikolaus Wiegand. 

The Committee has selected Oliver Wiegand to receive this year’s award in recognition of his forward thinking and drive to embrace new technology that allow his four modern glass container plants to increase production, while at the same time manufacturing cleaner, more environmentally friendly glass.

His openness to work with suppliers in developing and, all importantly, testing new technology in real time glass production is one of the reasons why he is so well respected within the glass industry. 

His vision not only to improve his own glass production plants through new technologies but also to share these developments through his commitment to IPGR (International Partners in Glass Research), of which he has been Chairman for many years and still holds the position of Vice Chairman, makes Oliver Wiegand a driver and a leader for the whole Container Glass Industry.

He is representing the German glass industry at the board of the FEVE (The European Glass Container Federation).

In BV Glas (The Bundesverband Glasindustrie) he is vice president and Chariman of the Fachgruppe Behälterglas (container glass trade section). 

The Phoenix Committee also recognized Oliver’s personal commitment to driving forward Glass Recycling, a sector that is so important, not only to drive down the costs of new glass containers but also to protect the world’s limited natural resources and make glass a greener, more environmentally friendly, market leading packaging material. 

Unde his joint leadership, Wiegand-Glas has become a world leader in glass recycling.

The Wiegand-Glas Group operates two recycling facilities in Germany; the first was installed in the early 1970s and every Wiegand-Glas container now contains between 80% and 95% of cullet generated in their own facilities.

Mr Wiegand’s pioneering attitude to both Glass Production, Research and Development into New Technologies and his world leading drive on Glass Recycling make him an Individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the Glass Industry and a worthy winner of the 2018 Glass Person of The Year.

Emhart supplies IS machines to IVC in Mexico


Bucher Emhart Glass has recently supplied three NIS machines to the Industria Vidriera de Coahuila (IVC) plant in Nava, Mexico. 

The IVC plant in Nava, Coahuila, Mexico is a joint venture between O-I and Constellation Brands. 

The NIS machines (pictured) are all 12-section and all 5” triple gob (TG) for IVC’s furnace number four.   

This was the latest project that takes the plant to a total of 13 NIS machines, all TG, 11 of which are 12-section and two are 10-section. 

The speed of the machine varies but they are about 470bpm, or 13 cycles per minute on the 12 section machines and 390bpm or 13 cycles per minute on the 10 section machines. 

All of the bottles formed by the machines are flint and are either 12 ounce Corona or 12 ounce Modelo Especial. 

Emhart has worked with IVC for five years starting with Furnace 2, then Furnace 1, Furnace 3 and concluded with Furnace 4. 

Mr Scott Neubert, Project Manager Bucher Emhart Glass , said: “I think that they purchased these machines because of the technological advances and advantages that the NIS presents over more 'traditional' pneumatic or semi-pneumatic machines.  

"Plus, the NIS is really a strong machine for this type of production, massive amounts of NNPB small beer bottles.  As the customer does not job change often, this machine really caters to their needs.” 

Mexico remains an extremely important market to Emhart. 

“The growth of the Mexican market over the past half decade has been phenomenal. We have added quite a few service engineers to this region and brought in three more project managers to handle the workload that has arisen and appears to be continuing into the foreseeable future.” 

He concluded that IVC was happy to work with Emhart ‘and the feeling that we have in working with them is quite mutual.’ 

Consol pulls out of IPO plan


South African container glassmaker Consol has pulled out of a planned $240 million Johannesburg stock market flotation, citing challenging market conditions.

Consol priced its IPO at between 1.50 rand and 6.50 rand to raise as much as 3 billion rand ($240.98 million). 

“The prevailing environment is not conducive to the offer achieving valuation objectives,” the company said in a statement. “It would not be in the best interests of the company to proceed with the offer at the current time.” 

The top-end of the range would have valued the company at roughly 10 billion rand, or about six times its 2017 core earnings of 1.6 billion rand. 

Consol, which counts blue-chip companies such as Anheuser-Busch InBev Diageo and Heineken among its customers, is one of the biggest glass packagers in sub-Saharan Africa. It has plants in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria, and is also building a factory in Ethiopia.

HarbisonWalker wins Hotbels BTU award


Refractory company HarbisonWalker received the Hotbels BTU award at the recent Hotbels forum.

HarbisonWalker's Applications Manager for Glass, Bryn Snow, accepted the award on the company's behalf

The award acknowledged the many valuable contributions Bryn and the HWI team have made to the glass industry.

The award was given at the recent two-day Hotbels glass technology forum, which took place in Lexington, Kentucky, USA on April 25 and 26.

The annual event, organised by Hotwork and Fosbel, included conference presentations given by nine speakers about various aspects of glassmaking.

More information about the event from http://hotbels.com

Pictured from left to right, Tom Graham Jr., Demetrius Rankin, Bryn Snow, Bob Chambers.

Related Glass Industry News

Forglass completes major float furnace projects


Polish glass engineering company Forglass recently completed three major hot repairs of float furnaces for Saint-Gobain in Germany, UK and Romania.

Forglass deployed a full team of employees on site for the jobs, including managers, supervisors and safety inspectors. 

The main task facing the Forglass team was a hot overcoating of the furnace Melting Tank, including Dog house, Tank sides, Exit wall and Waist. 

The preheated tiles were placed and the steel structure was adapted accordingly. Some minor repairs were also performed at the Melting End superstructure.

Following the completion at each of the three locations, Forglass received a letter from Saint-Gobain emphasising the fact that all work was performed in a safe manner, as a result of which there were no accidents nor injuries.

Verallia sells its Algerian operations


Verallia Italia has sold its Algerian operations, Alver, to the Algerian company Condor Electronics. 

Alver is located in Oran and has operated as a Verallia subsidiary since 2011. It employs 360 people.

Its two continuous-fire furnaces produce glass bottles and jars for Algeria’s food and beverages market. 

Condor Electronics primarily operates on the electronics, automotive and renewables sector. The group employs 15,000 employees and has locations in 16 countries. 

"Condor Electronics is part of as dynamic internationally-focused Algerian industrial group which will provide Alver with an environment to pursue its manufacturing project,” stated Marco Ravasi, chief executive of Verallia Italia.

Jiangxi Huifeng Glass chooses Sorg furnace design


Chinese cosmetic packaging and flacon manufacturer Jiangxi Province Huifeng Glass Products has selected Sorg to build its new furnace.

Furnace number 2 will be a 60tpd modern gas-heated regenerative end-fired furnace and be 35m² in size. It will be built alongside the existing furnace number 1.

The working end and five forehearths as well as all necessary equipment will also be supplied by the German glass furnace maker.

The furnace needs to fulfil high quality criteria, but at the same time has to be highly energy efficient and low in emissions

As well as the manufacture of high-quality glass products, Jiangxi Huifeng also produces enhanced packaging for added value of the articles in-house.

This includes various kinds of painting and print processes as well as caps and packages.

Pictured: General Manager of Huifeng Glass, Mr. Bingling Xu; Member of Management, Mrs. Cheng; President of Jisheng Glass, Mr. Waisheng Chen (Business partner of Huifeng); President of Guanghua Glass, Mr. Genhua Ling (Business partner of Huifeng), Owner of Huifeng Glass, Mr. Huitai Guo; Sales Director & Marketing Director of SORG, Dr. Hartmut Hegeler; Commercial Director of SORG, Mr. Willi Schromm; Sales of SORG, Mr. Tony Zhang

Stoelzle Masnières appoints Etienne Gruyez as CEO


Glassmaker Stoelzle Masnières has promoted its current general manager, Etienne Gruyez, to the position of Chief Executive Officer in charge of the Perfumery and Cosmetics Business Unit. 

Mr Gruyez will oversee the upcoming innovation and growth phase of the Hauts de France site, Stoelzle Masnières Parfumerie and Stoelzle Masnières Décoration.

Since the transfer of the company’s ownership in 2015, Stoelzle Masnières Parfumerie has focused on the quality of its service, including strict adherence to delivery deadlines as well as reduced development time for new products, allowing it to get new ideas to market faster than ever. 

Today, thanks to its ever-closer integration as part of the Stölzle Glass Group, Stoelzle Masnières Parfumerie is able to meet any and all of its clients’ desires.

In 2017, Stoelzle Masnières Parfumerie launched a totally integrated product development process, assisted by 3D printing and with reliable production equipment and quality management. 

As a result, it can now present new products to its clients in less than four weeks. This new process will allow the company to innovate rapidly in terms of design and decoration to offer its clients more innovative, less polluting glass products.

The next challenge for the new CEO and his team will be to boost the company’s competitive capacity and proftability.

An effort to Develop Client Excellence through its new services aims to make Stoelzle Masnières Parfumerie a world leader in the production of bottles for the luxury perfumery sector. 

As part of its development dynamic, Stoelzle Masnières Parfumerie has joined the Cosmetic Valley competitiveness cluster, which recently decided to extend its geographic coverage.

Becoming a member was a natural step forward, allowing the company to share its know-how while helping build the recognition and influence of the glass industry.

Verallia video decodes the Spanish wine market


A video presented by three Spanish Verallia colleagues decodes the trends in Spanish wine packaging. 

Elena Andía, Marketing and Communication Director, Ángel Hierro, Sales Director and David Rueda, Product Designer, highlight the models, colours and customisations thanks to special push-ups and engravings, finishes or even labels: all of which are illustrated by Verallia customer products.

To the traditional consumer profile can be added new enthusiasts, excited about the idea of tasting these products in innovatively designed bottles. 

These consumers have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and are keen on living an experience. Each bottle has to decipher the history of the wine it contains.

Spanish wines export very well all around the world. In 2017, exports increased 8.9% and exceeded €3.186m according to the Spanish Wine Market Observatory. 

Verallia Spain is a major stakeholder on its domestic market and has six glassmaking plants in the country. 

These are at Azuqueca, Burgos, Montblanc, Zaragoza, Seville and Telde.

Its Zaragoza plant specialises in producing beer bottles, while the Azuqueca plant manufactures food jars. The Spanish plants also make bottles for the still and sparkling wine markets, as well as spirits and non-alcoholic beverages. 

A direct link to the video on YouTube is https://youtu.be/3RQqdaz2hV8

Five weeks before Furnace Solutions starts


The Melting Technical Committee (MTC) of the Society of Glass Technology (SGT) invite glass industry professionals to attend Furnace Solutions 13 in five weeks.

The Training Day takes place on June 6 at Lucideon in Stoke-on-Trent in the UK, with the conference taking place at the same venue on the following day, Thursday June 7. 

Training Day
This year's Training Day will be on “Furnace Optimisation”. Speakers include: John Naughton (Allied Glass), Mark Bennett (Land Ametek), Petr Vojtech (Flammatec), Rene Meuleman (Eurotherm Schneider), Peter West (Ardagh Glass) and Joost Levan (Celsian Glass & Solar)

Furnace Solutions 
We have topics on NOx, Industry 4.0, electric Boosting, Refractory material challenges, Performance Emissions and Quality improvements in Oxyfuel Glass furnaces, Thermal Imaging, Sorg 340S+ Forehearths and Ecopure Catalyst Candle Filter.

The cost for each event is £120 per day. There is a 50% discount for SGT members. (Note that, for those attending both days, the discount will pay the cost of SGT membership - if you decide to join!) Places at both events is limited to a maximum of 100 - so please book early to avoid disappointment - via the website (below) or direct with Christine Brown at Christine@sgt.org.

 Further details (including the Geoff Evans Dinner and hotel accommodation) are available on the website www.furnacesolutions.co.uk/

We have managed to keep costs to attend these events as low as possible due to the generosity of sponsors. These include: Calumite, Eurotherm, FIC (UK) Ltd, Fives Stein, ForGlass, Fosbel, Guardian, IMS, Land Ametek, Lizmontagens Thermal Technologies, Praxair, PSR, Saint Gobain, Sefpro, Sibelco, SORG, Superglass, Teco, Zedtec and KTG

Verallia launches 2018 yearbook


Verallia has pubished the 2018 version of its yearbook.

The publication (pictured) presents the Verallia offer and the diversity of its markets by highlighting more than 100 finished products. These bottles and jars are made and often decorated by Verallia. 

It is available to read online http://yearbook.verallia.com/en

“All products you will discover as you go through these pages are examples of the exceptional glassmaking know-how and expertise deployed by our 10,000 employees every day”, said Michel Giannuzzi, Verallia Chairman and CEO in his editorial.

Verallia’s leadership in terms of innovation and design is expressed through the diversity of its offer.

This includes standards and specialities, contents, colours, finishes, engravings, push-ups, the high-end products of its international Selective Line brand, the extent of its décor techniques or its design competitions – the Verallia Design Awards. 

The publication is available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Ukrainian languages.

Record attendance at Glass Trend conference


The recent Glass Trend conference had a record amount of attendees. 

A total of 88 delegates from 14 countries attended the two-day conference, which was organised by Dutch company Celsian.

Attendees ranged from brand owners, glass manufacturers, associations, institutes and glass machinery suppliers.

The conference theme was ‘How to face the technological challenges of the Paris climate agreement’ and included 16 papers related to the subject.

The keynote papers were given by Heineken’s Charles Richardson, who gave an update of his paper On Our Way to the Greenest Bottle, given at last year’s event, and Shell’s Ewald Breunesse, who discussed energy transition opportunities.

Other papers were given by companies such FEVE, O-I, Fives, FIC UK, Sisecam and AGC.

Celsian Managing Director Harmen Kielstra said he was very pleased with the event.

He said: “It’s one thing to have 88 people but I’m also pleased with the content and how much energy everyone put into it.

“We as a team put a programme together that we thought would move the entire industry a bit further forward. I felt everybody was interested from the first minute right up to the end.”

FEVE’s paper, delivered by Fabrice Rivet, pictured, detailed the timeline that glassmakers face in their efforts to decarbonise by 2050.

Mr Kielstra said: “It's a collective challenge which we need to address and solve collectively. This includes the brand owners, the furnace designers and builders, and guys like us. Then hopefully we can move the needle, because we have to.”

The conference on April 18 and 19 took place took place at Glass Trend member company Eurotherm by Schneider Electric’s office based in Marktheidenfeld, near Wurzburg, Germany.

The event included a breakout session where seven groups of 10 to 12 people were invited to discuss what the future of the industry might be.

“We think everyone appreciated it,” said Mr Kielstra. “Someone in the float industry might have a solution that had never been thought of in the container sector, or vice versa, so it was something where we can build on each other’s knowledge.”

This was the 36th Glass Trend conference. The first one took place in 2001 and has been held twice a year since.

Vicesa orders FAMA 12 section IS machine


Mexican glass engineering company FAMA has received an order for a 12-section triple gob IS machine.

Costa Rican container glass manufacturer Vicesa (Vidriera Costa Rica) ordered the machine along with a 2G Kit conversion and a K54 feeder.

Fama will also be responsible for optimising the lay-out in order to increase the glass pull from their furnace.

The machine is designed to run at approximately 475 BPM.

FAMA’s Sales and Marketing Director Luis Zertuche said the company was extremely pleased to be working with Vicesa.

He said: “We have worked with Vicesa for the last year and a half visiting them and reviewing their potential necessities in order to be present when the opportunity arose.

“This is a very robust and flexible machine that includes a high efficiency mould cooling system.”

FAMA deliver the machine in Costa Rica by the second week of October.

Xpar extends hot and cold end quality control connection


Xpar Vision has added a new functionality to its Hot End sensor technology. 

Its IR-D system has been extended with a ‘Crucial Rejects’ feature, to achieve a higher level of quality control for bottles and jars and is available now. 

An increasing amount of bottling companies demand products with higher standards in terms of quality (zero-defect) against lower cost.

At the same time container glass manufacturers are forced by their customers to implement internal auditing procedures and standards to guarantee quality of deliveries.

Quality Assurance (QA) therefore is becoming more crucial. 

Risk reduction
Xpar Vision has supported this need with the integration of a direct connection between the IR-D system and QA systems in the Cold End.

This integration enables container glass manufacturers to reduce the risk of recalls and claims and to minimise blocked pallets (quarantined or held ware) for critical defects. 

Any critical defect, detected and rejected by IR-D, generates an additional output signal, which can trigger the Mould Number Reader reject in the cold end automatically.

Another possible application is to activate the Xpar Hot End Reject to reject all neighbouring products from the conveyor (e.g. jar-in-jar) to prevent glass particles to end up in packed ware. 

A visible or audible warning can be also connected for this kind of event. Logically, all events are stored in the XMIS database for reporting and traceability, also for QA purposes.

In summary, any direct connection can be established to Hot End ware reject, Cold End Equipment and Production Information Systems (e.g. Vertech).

Available now!
The new functionality is called ‘Crucial Rejects’. It is available with the release of v7.10 IR-software and can be retrofitted to the latest generation IR-D systems. 

Contact the Xpar Vision Sales Department (sales@xparvision.com) or an account manager directly for more information.

Qixia Changyu Glass orders Sorg glass melting furnace


Qixia Changyu Glass in Shandong Province, China has ordered a glass melting furnace and three forehearths from Sorg for its planned new production line.

An important factor for ordering the new Furnace 7 was the efficient design with regard to energy consumption, low emissions and glass quality requirements.

Qixia Changyu is the largest producer of wine bottles in China. It produces high quality packaging in various glass colours. Furnace 7 is planned to produce flint glass.

The furnace is a gas-heated end-fired furnace with melting booster and the melting capacity is 350 tpd. The glass conditioning system consists of a Sorg STW working end and three Sorg 340S forehearths.

As well as the design and engineering package Sorg will supply the complete equipment, including the gas and electric heating system, combustion air supply and waste gas system, batch charger type EME-NEND S3, measuring and control system, forehearth equipment and the SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) System.

The new Sorg fixed transformer system will be supplied for the melting booster. All forehearths are equipped with the Sorg OMT (Oxygen Measuring and Trim) System.

Contract signing participants (from left to right): Mr. Jianting Sui, Director of glass melting in Changyu; Mr. Min Ma, Purchasing Director of Changyu; Mr. Pengcheng Zhu, President of Changyu; Dr. Hartmut Hegeler, Sales & Marketing Director at Sorg; Mr. James Yu, President of NineSun; Mr. Harald Zenker, Sales Director Asia; Mr. Tony Zhang, Sales at Sorg; Mr. Christian Raebiger, Sorg Technology Department.

Heye International welcomes sales partner specialist


José María García-Lomas de Lanuza has joined Heye International as the new local Sales Partner for Portugal and Spain. 

Mr García-Lomas aims to help local glassmakers to continuously improve manufacturing, inspection and production efficiency, as well as build strong business relationships. 

He is dedicated to increasing customer satisfaction, which makes him ideal to take on the role of Heye International’s local sales support in the Iberian Peninsula.

After his academic studies, he worked as a key account manager and sales director, focusing on inspection technology.

Mr García-Lomas gained his glass industry expertise by managing and increasing sales for international technology suppliers to the container glass industry in several countries.

Pictured: José María García-Lomas de Lanuza, Heye Sales Partner for Portugal and Spain

Bucher Emhart Glass launches new FlexIS 3 control system


Bucher Emhart Glass (BEG) has launched a completely new version of FlexIS, its electronic control system for IS glass-forming machines. 

The FlexIS system fully integrates the servo technology, making it the ideal solution for controlling modern IS equipment, from the feeder to the stacker.

The first version was introduced in 2003, and more than 1000 systems have been installed since then.

FlexIS 3 is a-new system that builds on BEG’s learning from FlexIS 1 and adds new features. 

On the hardware side, the previous JC647 control unit is replaced with the JC-365MC, a top-of-the range device based on Jetter technology, a Bucher company, used for the machine controller, section controllers, and the ware-handling controller. 

On the software side, FlexIS 3 uses motion control technology to control servo motion in real time instead of only sending motion cam profiles to the drives.

In line with BEG’s ‘Closed Loop’ philosophy, information from sensors on the forming line is used to calculate timing changes, helping to stabilise the production process.

A new Manual Mode makes it simpler to interact with the machine while maintaining the same safety level as in Maintenance Stop.

In Manual Mode, the blank and blow sides can be safely separated so operators can work on one without cutting power to the other, while servo take-out and servo invert mechanisms can be activated at a safe limited speed. 

FlexIS 3 also incorporates a new user interface, User Console 2 (UC2). UC2 features a user-friendly touchscreen interface that allows operators to view and change all section settings through simple, intuitive, graphic displays. 

UC2 can host multiple user-interface clients, all connected to a central server, and supports multi-gob and multi-article application. It is ready to support BEG’s future innovations in Closed Loop Control. 

UC2 is also available as an upgrade package for FlexIS 1; this configuration is known as FlexIS 2. 

“Having been running FlexIS 3 under glass on multiple machines since 2016, we’re delighted that it is now ready to be launched,” says Christian von Ah, BEG's Director Controls.

“It takes everything we’ve learned about the electronic control of servo IS machines over the last 15 years and distills it into a streamlined, powerful, and operator-friendly system.

"We’re confident that it will quickly become the first choice for all our customers.”

Saint-Gobain buys stake in Chinese flat glass company


Saint-Gobain has taken a 50% stake in a flat glass production line of the Chinese group JJG.

The Chinese company is located in Zibo, Shandong province, North-East China, with an annual capacity of 160,000 tonnes. 

The JV will allow Saint-Gobain to almost double its production of basic glass in China, reinforcing the reliability of the flat glass supply for its Sekurit automotive glass factories. 

Saint-Gobain has been present in glass in China since 1994. It already manages one flat glass production unit of 100,000 tonnes per year in Qingdao in the Shandong province, and three production units for automotive glass. 

This investment is in line with its strategy of expanding its presence in emerging countries, reinforcing its position in automotive glass in China. 

Vetropack appoints new Chairman


Claude R. Cornaz was re-elected as a member of the Vetropack Board of Directors at its recent Annual General Assembley, succeeding Hans R. Rüegg as Chairman.

Hans R. Rüegg has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1993 and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vetropack Holding Ltd since 2005. He retired from office at the Annual General Assembly on Friday, 20 April 2018.

The Annual General Assembly re-elected Claude R. Cornaz as a member of the Board of Directors and also appointed him as Chairman of the Board. Claude R. Cornaz was CEO and Delegate of the Board of Directors of Vetropack Group from 2000 to 2017.

Pictured from left: Claude R. Cornaz and Hans R. Rüegg

O-I appoints European Vice President for Sales and Marketing


The world’s largest container glassmaker, O-I, has appointed Raymond Palmen (pictured) to the post of Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Europe.

It follows the promotion of Arnaud Aujouannet to Chief Sales and Marketing Officer.

Vitaliano Torno, President of O-I Europe, said: “Raymond is a highly experienced sales and marketing professional with a strong background in B2B and B2C markets.

“We look forward to Raymond’s support and leadership as he helps drive both customer-centricity and our ability to position ourselves as the preferred supplier for glass packaging.”

Raymond Palmen has spent most of his career at Du Pont de Nemours International where he held positions including Director Packaging & Industrial Polymers EMEA and Director Chemicals/Fluoroproducts EMEA.

Within these roles, Raymond achieved P&L growth while creating a customer focused culture. In addition, Raymond brings fresh experience in M&A and Corporate Planning.

Raymond Palmen said: “I am thrilled to be joining O-I at such an exciting stage of its transformation.

“Although O-I is already the largest and most successful glass packaging company in the world, I have been impressed by my new colleagues’ passion, commitment and drive to innovate.

“My goal is to develop strong and valued partnership, earning our customers’ trust on every project, every contract, and to ensure we launch innovative solutions which address their unmet needs.”

Raymond will serve as a member of the Global Sales and Marketing Leadership Team as well as a member of the European Leadership Team (EULT).

Forglass supplies furnace to Polish glass plant


Poland’s Forglass has designed, fabricated and installed a 120/150 TPD regenerative end-fired furnace to Trend Group.

Trend Group is a major Polish producer of tableware glass. The furnace order for its Szydłowiec plant included electric boosting to melt ultra-white flint tableware glass.

 Following a successful startup, many performance parameters exceeded the values guaranteed in the contract. Chiefly, the glass quality index is below 10 bubbles with the specific energy consumption below 1020 kcal/kg.

Forglass furnace design takes into account the specific characteristics of oxidized, ultra-white flint tableware glass with low iron content – mainly high values of effective thermal conductivity coefficient and higher saturation of SO3 in the molten glass. 

Trend Group expressed its satisfaction with the furnace by placing subsequent orders – the modernisation of three additional furnaces for its other plants.

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Consol constructing Ethiopian glass plant


South African container glass manufacturer Consol is constructing a greenfield facility in Debre Birhan, Ethiopia.

It is scheduled for commissioning in the fourth quarter of this year.

Consol’s Ethiopian facility is expected to have an initial production rate of approximately 40,000 tonnes of glass output per year.

This will increase to 60,000 tonnes per year as the facility increases production to its installed capacity over a three-year period, based on market demand. 

Consol’s major customers include leading beverage and food companies operating in Africa, such as Anheuser-Busch InBev (following its acquisition of SABMiller), Diageo, Distell, East African Breweries, Heineken, Namibia Breweries and Tiger Brands.

As at 31 December 2017, the group’s total manufacturing capacity across sub-Saharan Africa included six manufacturing facilities and 13 furnaces capable of producing output of approximately 932,000 tonnes of manufactured glass that can be sold as 'Good Glass' per year.

Russian glassmaker commissions Fermac decoration machine


Russia’s Glass Décor has commissioned a direct silk screen printing machine produced by Italy’s Fermac at its decoration factory in Orekhovo-Zuevo, Moscow Region. 

This CNS (computer numerical control) machine is designed to decorate glass bottles with complicated shapes, as well as apply decoration on glass bottles’ edges.  

This new purchase is the only machine with a real CNS electronic package which syncs five numerical axes during decoration cycle, also including vertical movement and rotation of the object, screen holder carriage translation, flood bar translation.

This control allows Glass Decor operators control decoration at each stage, as well as decorate bottles of any shape, either round or square, or conic and oval, or of any complicated architecture. 

A special processor controls the technology line, considering the size and shape of the decorated bottle.

The new decoration line is equipped with an additional UV-curving station ensuring a perfect curing at 360°. For thermoplastic organic ink, the machine hosts an infra-red optical pyrometer for T°C self-adjustment.

Before the unloading, the machine is fitted with a linear camera for checking the quality of the printing.

This patented system has a user friendly interface and provides saving the master image of an object and elaborating all the parameters and tolerances requested by the quality control such as number of areas for control and tolerance of each parameter within each area.

The system generates and saves reports with statistical data that can be recorded. For every scrap item, a JPEG image of the defect area is compared to the master sample. A Glass Decor operator can further analyse the deviations from the master object to correct and cancel defects. Modem connection with the manufacturing company allows Glass Decor team to receive online consultancy on any questions. 

This new decoration line is equipped with 10 stations and performs eight-colour decoration process at 80 bottles / per minute. 

Direct silk screen print is the most widely used means of decoration, allowing the manufacturer to protect its brand from counterfeit. A glass bottle, decorated with silk screen, remains resistant from scratches and chemical substances. Apart from that, a glass bottles with direct silk screen decoration has a pleasant and aesthetic look..

“We in Glass Decor have been investing in new, most up to date technologies which allow us to maintain the highest standards of customer services,” said Vladimir Arutiunov, Glass Decor owner and CEO.

“Our long-standing and successful partnership with Fermac proves that real leaders are always a few steps ahead and are not scared to come out of comfort zone, to offer their clients new and bold solutions."

Sorg completes furnace project at Gopal Glass


SORG successfully completed the project for an ornamental glass manufacturing plant in India and handed it over to production. The project was started in March 2017.

The customer Gopal Glass is the market leader in ornamental glass production in India and intends to expand its capacity with additional production units.

The furnace has a melting capacity of 150 tonnes per day. Two forehearths are connected to the working end, both of them producing ornamental glass plates with a width of 1.2m. 

The Sorg team planned the furnace system with the corresponding supply units. The special feature of the melting furnace is the heating with gas and oil.

Therefore, Sorg developed the appropriate control concept and equipment setup and implemented them on site.

The customer bought the refractory material as well as the steel domestically in India. The most important equipment parts such as the batch charger (EME CPO-500 D) were delivered by Sorg.

The complete system was installed in an existing production hall. The former manufacturing plant was demolished beforehand.

For the successful project completion and as a gesture of appreciation for their good performance, the customer presented the supervisor team with a gift.

One part of the gift represents the product ‘ornamental glass’. The spinning wheel with a small picture of Mahatma Gandhi on it symbolises the careful development of India into an industrial nation.

The customer praised the cooperation with the Sorg team during the project.

Consol plans stock floatation


South African container glassmaker Consol plans to float on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

The flotation, pencilled in for May 4, will see it offer shares priced  between R1.50 and R6.50 per offer share, corresponding to an expected market capitalisation of between R8 billion and R9.8 billion.

The total gross amount of capital to be raised will be approximately R3.04 billion. 

The offer shares will represent between 31 and 38% of Consol’s ordinary shares, depending on the final offer price. 

Consol, which counts blue chips such as Anheuser-Busch InBev, Diageo and Heineken among its customers, said the listing would allow shareholders to cash in on their 11-year investment in the company and raise money to pay down debt, which includes 4.7 billion rand in loans from shareholders.

Consol is a glass packaging manufacturer and provides products to customers in industries including beer, wine, flavoured alcoholic beverages, non-alcoholic beverages, spirits and food.

Mike Arnold, CEO of Consol said: “The listing will allow us to pursue our growth strategy in Africa and achieve our ambition of being the first choice for glass packaging supply in Africa.

"The highlights and appeal for potential investors include not only our highly experienced and established management team, but also that we are a market leader in a highly attractive industry, and we operate in consumer markets with solid long-term growth prospects. 

“Consol has a wide product offering and value proposition that drives our competitive advantage, together with long-standing relationships with market- leading customers across the African continent.” 

Ardagh Glass implements sustainable battery storage system


Ardagh Group has implemented a sustainable battery storage system to increase resilience and energy security at its glass container plant in Irvine, Scotland.

It’s the biggest behind-the-meter storage system in Europe and the first system to be used in the glass industry.

The Irvine plant needs a reliable energy supply to support its continuous manufacture of glass containers throughout the year.

The sustainable battery, provided by ESB Smart Energy Services, provides the plant with a reliable back-up during peak energy consumption and sends energy back to the grid when demand is low.

The solution is a combination of a Tesla battery and a grid-optimising platform.

The Tesla battery is designed to efficiently store energy during periods of lower demand and to support demand during intermittent power failures.  

The grid-optimising platform enables Ardagh to participate in the National Grid’s Firm Frequency Response service. In practice, the battery reduces the plant’s reliance on the grid and when excess energy stored by the battery is not required, it can be delivered back to the National Grid.  

Annelene Fisser, Ardagh’s CSR & Sustainability Manager, said: “We are committed to environmental responsibility and sustainable manufacturing processes and had been exploring battery storage solutions for a long time to help us effectively meet these commitments. 

“When ESB approached us with its battery storage offering, we felt confident that this would provide the efficient and cost effective solution we were looking for.”

Picture (left to right): Kieran Beausang, Project Manager, ESB Smart Energy Services, Richard Lennox, Climate Change Coordinator, Ardagh Group (Irvine), James Tedd, Energy Storage Specialist, ESB Smart Energy Services, Bishwa Giri, Energy Manager (Glass Europe), Ardagh Group (Irvine), George Dunlop, Electrical Engineering Supervisor, Ardagh Group (Irvine), Keith McKenzie Electrical Engineering Team Leader, Ardagh Group (Irvine).

Pharmaceutical Glassware Workshop


The UK’s Glass Technology Services  is to host a one-day workshop that covers an introduction to glass and appropriate due diligence for those working with glass in the pharmaceutical supply chain. 

The open workshop will provide guests with an introduction to the use of glass as primary pharmaceutical packaging – including how glass is made and processed, tubular and moulded glassware, quality control, common defects and failures and the importance of appropriate selection in terms of both specification and durability. 

The workshop takes place in Sheffield, UK on Thursday 7 June, and is being held free of charge for organisations working within the pharmaceutical supply chain – suppliers, contract fillers, drug manufacturers and those in packaging, regulatory affairs and quality assurance roles. 

Attendees will learn about key regulatory and quality assurance issues such as glass durability, delamination, elemental migration, pharmacopoeial verification and the differences between types I, II and III glasses, an understanding of the manufacture and processing of tubular and moulded pharmaceutical glass packaging.

Please visit www.glass-ts.com/pharmaglass for further details, agenda and to reserve a space at the workshop.

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Anchor Glass to close US plant


Anchor Glass is to close its Zanesville, Ohio mould fabrication plant, and its Streator, Illinois machine repair shop in the United States.  

The Zanesville facility employs 69 people. Mould production is projected to cease by the end of November 2018. A mould engineering office will be maintained in the area.  

The site manufactures molds for glass bottles that are distributed to the company’s six glass manufacturing plants.

The Zanesville plant primarily make moulds for Snapple, Pabst, Dr. Pepper, Captain Morgan and Ball jars.

The Streator facility employs 10 people. Operations are expected to cease before the end of the third quarter.  Anchor will provide transition assistance for affected employees at both locations.

Anchor said the actions would allow it to focus its resources more closely on its core business of making high quality glass containers.

Sisecam purchases former Sangalli Vetro plant


Turkey’s Sisecam has won the auction of the former Sangalli Vetro plant in Italy with an offer of more than €15 million.

Sisecam won the auction with an offer of €15, 715,000 for the Macchia plant, better known as Manfredonia Vetro.

It is a news that brings hope to families of many workers who have been struggling for years to reach this solution and joy for those who have always hoped that there will be a better future for this territory.

Glaston sells tempering furnace to Czech Republic


Glaston has closed a deal for a FC Series tempering furnace with Czech company AGC Processing Teplice

The company is member of flat glass company AGC Glass Group, that has 200 companies in more than 30 countries with in excess of 50,000 employees.

The €1.5 million order is booked in Glaston’s Q1/2018 order book and is part of Glaston’s expected order intake for the first quarter. The machine will be delivered to the customer towards the end of summer 2018. 

AGC Processing Teplice offers its customers a variety of glazing solutions. The company deals with glass processing for the architectural and automotive industries. 

The main products are insulating glazing, glazing for public buildings, facades and glass for interior applications.

The FC Series tempering furnace has achieved popularity among customers looking for flawless end-product quality. 

“The renewed FC tempering line is the choice for customers looking for higher performance and state-of-the art optical quality of the end product.

"A standard feature is the Glaston Insight service platform, which enables real-time monitoring of the production”, stated Pekka Hytti, SVP, EMEA at Glaston Corporation. 

“With the FC Series we are replacing the oldest furnace and it will allow us to enlarge our excellent service with top grade products in AGC Processing Teplice”, said Petr Mazzolini, regional director of Processed Glass CE.

MAVSA secures Mexican table glass order


Argentina’s MAVSA has secured the order of a new press machine to a Mexican glass manufacturer.

Maquinas Argentinas del Vidrio (Mavsa) will supply one MDP 24-34 press to the Mexican tableware manufacturer at the end of May.

Mavsa is an Argentinian producer of complete production lines for containers and tableware glass, including mould equipment, and has 40 years of experience on the international glass market.

Its references include Argentinian manufacturers such as Rigolleau, Coop Avellaneda 'Durax' and  O-I, as well as international manufacturers such as Brazil's Nadir Figueiredo, Egypt’s New City Glass and Alembic Glass of India.

MAVSA produce Press Machines and complete Tableware lines with Oil bath Geneva, Quick Index or Torque Motor Driving System, Pneumatic or Servo Hydraulic Press Mechanism, Pneumatic or Servo Take Out.

Caption: Equipment parts ready for distribution

Ametek Land appoints Reckmann as sales partner in Germany


Ametek Land has appointed Reckmann as its new sales partner for Germany.

Reckmann is based in Hagen and is an all-round supplier of temperature sensors and components for industrial applications.

It will be responsible for developing sales of Ametek Land’s infrared non-contact temperature measurement instruments across all industrial markets including glass, steel, aluminium and industrial processing. 

Ametek Land’s range includes fixed spot non-contact thermometers/pyrometers, thermal imagers and line scanners and portable non-contact thermometers.

 Manfred Hayk, Business Development Manager at Ametek Land, said: “Reckmann has vast experience in many of our target sectors and a great technical understanding of industrial temperature measurement applications.  

“As an important European market for us, we look forward to further developing business opportunities in Germany together.”

Pictured (left to right): Manfred Hayk (Business Development Manager, Ametek Land), Dr. Peter Drögmöller (Director of Innovation & Technology, Ametek Land), Stefan Ribjitzki (Managing Director, Reckmann) and Jörg Kuster (Deputy Sales Manager Germany) 

Euroglas Polska begins construction of second float line


Euroglas Polska has held a ceremony in Ujazd, Poland to place a cornerstone for the construction of its second float glass production line. 

The new line is set to begin production during the first quarter of 2019.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of the glass factory Euroglas Polska glass factory, the Swiss holding Glas Trösch, Press Glass and local authorities.

“The investment is a response to the continuously growing demand for such glass. The production on the new line, similarly to the production on the existing one, will be carried out with the use of the state-of-the-art technologies, with special focus on environmental protection,” said the company in a statement.

Arkadiusz Muś, chairman of the board of Press Glass, a shareholder of Euroglas Polska, said: “We are witnessing an event – and I am not afraid to say it – that is an epochal event, both for Poland and for Europe.

"Due to the fact that today in Ujazd we begin the construction of the second float glass production line, in a year and a half this place will become the largest float glass production centre in Europe.

"This is all possible thanks to the great success of the first joint investment of Glas Trösch and Press Glass, started about ten years ago,” he said.

Mr Muś further stressed that such projects are the effect of a long-term development strategy pursued by many entrepreneurs over the last decades.

“Our … success is not just the result of the last two years like many try to convince us now. This is the result of many years, a liberal economic policy, open Europe and primarily Polish and foreign entrepreneurs consistently investing for almost 30 years,” he said.

“It is thanks to them that such innovative, modern facilities like Euroglass that create valuable workplaces can be established in Poland.”

Plenty of bookings for Furnace Solutions


Bookings for this year's Furnace Solutions and Training Day is strong with many past delegates already re-registering for the two-day event.

The programme has been completed. The conference has attracted speakers from the UK, USA and Europe including contributions from Air Products, SORG, Luft- und Thermotechnik Bayreuth(LTB), Eurotherm Schneider and Flammatec. 

The committee is also pleased to announce two experienced and respected glass producers: Peter West, from Ardagh Glass, and John Naughton, from Allied Glass, who will be passing on their experience on the Training Day.

Papers from FIC UK, Celsian, Flammatec, Stara Glass, Sefpro and Land Ametek will offer delegates their technics for controlling furnace performance, with Glass Service showing its vision for future glassmaking.

Suppliers and glass producers are again kindly supporting the event.

This year’s sponsors include, Eurotherm, Forglass, Land Ametek, PSR, Sefpro, DSF, Global Combustion, Guardian Industries, IMS, Calumite, Praxair, SIibelco, Tecoglass, Lizmontagens, Fives Stein, Saint Gobain, Sorg, Superglass, Fosbel and FIC.

Lucideon, in Stoke on Trent, UK will again host the conference on June 6 and 7. 

For more details about the conference and to register please visit www.furnacesolutions.co.uk.

Ametek Land relaunches website


Temperature measurement specialist Ametek Land has launched a new website.

The redesigned website provides extensive product, technical and application information to help visitors understand its full product range.

Technical documentation, product videos, and application case studies work together to provide a detailed overview of its capabilities across industry sectors.

The website details the capabilities of specific instruments for each of its core markets, including glass, aluminium, hydrocarbon processing, industrial processing, mineral extraction, power generation, speciality metals and steel production, and shows how they are used in specific industry applications.

The Ametek Land product line includes fixed spot non-contact pyrometers, fixed thermal imagers and line scanners, calibration sources, portable non-contact thermometers, combustion efficiency monitors, portable gas analysers, opacity and dust monitors and carbon monoxide detectors.

Ben Wileman, Division Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Ametak Land and Ametek Surface Vision, said:  “Ametek-Land.com is designed for easy navigation and access to useful product and application content to assist visitors with the product specification process.

"We invite visitors to explore our new site and see for themselves how we can help meet their specific temperature measurement, combustion efficiency and emission monitoring requirements.”

VPInstruments will open office in UK


VPInstruments, based in Delft, the Netherlands, will open a new office in the United Kingdom.

The Dutch flow-metering manufacturer believes that the opening of its new UK office is a logical next step in the company’s strategy and will bring it closer to both the local market and international corporations.

The launch in the UK was spurred on by VPInstruments’ growing awareness of energy savings.

VPInstruments’ UK opening was officially announced at the beginning of the year.

The new UK office will be unveiled at the upcoming Air-Tech exhibition, on 10th – 12th April 2018 in Birmingham, UK. The UK team will contribute to VPInstruments’ growth and further strengthen its customer service.

FEVE: EU Glass Packaging Closed Loop Recycling Steady at 74%


Latest industry data on glass recycling shows that the average glass recycling rate in the EU28 is steady at 74%, states FEVE

More than 11.6 million tons of glass bottles are collected and recycled into food grade quality material for the production of new glass containers.
Countries such as Belgium, Slovenia and Sweden, with excellent separate collection systems, continue to outperform beyond 95%.

While glass stands alone as the most circular packaging solution, maintaining permanent quality even when recycled, the reality is that there is still an important collection gap to fill in many EU countries.
“Our industry is mobilised to fill the gap to 100% EU glass recycling because recycled glass is our most important raw material”, said Adeline Farrelly, FEVE Secretary General. 

“We hope the new packaging recycling targets will give the necessary boost to all EU countries to invest in closed loop glass collection.” 

Real recycling is a balancing act between developing materials that are recyclable, and markets that are open to use recycled material. 

“More effort is being put at European level to use recycled material for new food packaging”, said Jean-Paul Judson, FEVE Public Affairs Manager. 

“Recycled glass is of food grade quality. It goes straight into new food or beverage containers. We want to engage with policymakers to make this model the reference”.

Xpar Vision delivers Industry 4.0 lecture at Glassman in Mexico


Xpar Vision participated in the Future Glass Forum Conference, with its International Account Manager Job van de Laar giving a well-received Industry 4.0 lecture in Spanish, on container glass forming in 2020/2025: the Dark Factory.

The Dutch company also informed existing and new clients from across the region from its exhibition booth at the Glassman Latin America event, held in Guadalajara, Mexico. 

For anyone who missed the presentation, it is available for download for free from the Glasman site, at www.glassmanevents.com/latin-america/future-glass-forum

Sensors, loops & robots
In his presentation, Job emphasised the huge possibilities for improvement of efficiency and quality on the one hand and weight and speed on the other hand, by applying hot end sensors (e.g. Xpar Vision IR-D), automated control loops and robots (for e.g. swabbing). 

Successful event
During two extremely busy days, Xpar Vision hosted a number of interested parties, both from the glass producing side from Mexico, Central and South America, as well as a number of global suppliers to the glass industry who act as our development partners. All in all Glassman Guadalajara was a very successful event for us. Thanks for visiting us! 

Improvement options
If you are interested to know more about our improvement options for your glass production process, please visit www.xparvision.com

Sorg wins Siam Glass Ayutthaya furnace tender


Thai glass container manufacturer Siam Glass intends to build a second production line in its Ayutthaya plant to make bottles for energy drinks.

German furnace engineering company SORG offered a top modern glass melting furnace with four forehearths and won the contract for the supply of the furnace and glass conditioning system.

It concerns an energetically highly efficient regenerative end-fired furnace with a melting capacity of 310 tpd amber glass which is heated with gas and equipped with an electric melting booster as well as its proven Sorg Deep Refiner.

The glass will be supplied to the four production lines via a Sorg STW working end and four forehearths. Considering the forehearth pulls and production requirements two forehearths type Sorg 340S and two forehearths type Sorg 240 are planned.

The complete equipment, control system and refractory package will also be supplied.

Siam Glass is a subsidiary of the Osotspa group which makes the M150 energy drink in Thailand.

Contract signing (Left to right): Mr. Piyachayut Ajchariyapotha, Mr. Sirichoke Pen-Umporn, Mr. Viwat Supatham, Mr. Prathan Chaiprasit, Mr. Hartmut Hegeler, Mr. Harald Zenker, Mr. Willi Schromm and Mr. Amorn Sartamorn.

Work starts on new US container glass plant


Groundbreaking on a new US glass container plant was set to start this week.

Construction of the Arglass glass container manufacturing plant in Georgia, USA was due to start yesterday (Monday, April 9).

Start up is expected in Q2 2019 with full operation by Q3 2019.

Nampak to sell its glass division


South African container glassmaker Nampak has told shareholders it is selling its glass division.

"To ensure the long-term profitability of glass and to address the operational skills gap, the board has resolved to approach packaging industry players to invite proposals for the sale of the glass business," it said.

Exploratory discussions had been held with a number of strategic partners and a formal corporate finance disposal process was in process, it said.

It is thought the business could end in foreign hands as competition authorities are unlikely to agree to a deal with the sole other South African container glassmaker, Consol Glass.

In November 2011, Nampak spent R938m to acquire the 50% of its glass business it did not own from joint venture partner, German-based Wiegand-Glas.

At the time Nampak CEO Andrew Marshall said the acquisition was part of a strategy of "investing in our core businesses where we believe we have competitive advantages".

Glassman Latin America conference papers available for download


The conference papers from this year’s successful Glassman Latin America are now available to download from the exhibition’s website.

Glassman Latin America took place in Guadalajara, Mexico on 21st- 22nd March 2018 at Expo Guadalajara.

The first conference, Trends in Glassmaking, offers eight presentations and technical papers online, which are free to download, including papers from keynote speakers Hector Garcia and Marguerite Morrin.

The second conference, Future Glass Forum, offers seven presentations and technical papers, which are also free to download online.

To download the presentations, visit http://www.glassmanevents.com/latin-america/conference and http://www.glassmanevents.com/latin-america/future-glass-forum

Johannes Schick will leave Stölzle Glass at the end of the month


Dkfm Johannes Schick, CEO of Stölzle Glass, will leave his postion at the end of April.

After 14 successful years at Stölzle Glass, Mr Schick has requested to leave the European glass manufacturer in order to face a new set of challenges.

DI Georg Feith, MBA, who has held various management positions within the CAG Holding group (which Stölzle is a part of) and is a member of Stölzle’s Supervisory Board, will take over Mr Schick’s role this month.

“We are convinced that he will ideally continue the successful path of the Stölzle Glass Group in all its Business Units,” said Mag. Doris Marka, Head of Marketing at Stölzle Glass Group.

Mr Schick was very successful in shaping the high-end packaging glass manufacturer Stölzle Glass. It currently consists of more than 2400 employees, six production sites and three decoration facilities in Europe, with its headquarters in Austria. Stölzle specialise in pharmaceuticals, perfumery, spirits and consumer products.

Tecglass unveils multifunctional line for digital printing


Tecglass has introduced a line of multifunctional digital printing machines that combine fast Single and Multi Pass print speeds with high resolution and multicolour print quality on large sheets of glass.

The Spanish glass technology specialist’s multifunctional line, F Type F K Series, is engineered to meet the needs of both the Single and Multi Pass high-speed mass production processes.

Its purpose is to speed up, optimise and simplify printing operations for continuous cycle production.

The F Type F K Series can also deliver a high performance in efficiency and precision, as well as a powerful ink jet stream for multicolour printing on large glass sheets.

The line is ideal for optimising the mass printing of frames, logos, patterns and graphic motifs on all types of glass, including for the automotive, household appliance and interior design industries.

The performance features of the F Type F K Series include; a Single Pass print speed of 20 seconds for a single colour glass size of 4500 x 1200 mm and a Multi Pass print speed of 90 seconds for a single colour glass size of 4500 x 2500 mm.

It can also upgrade to 7 colour channels, 72 single print heads (1000 nozzles per colour) and 36 print heads with dual-colour technology.

Other features include a high flowrate ink recirculation system, Simultaneous Drying Technology (SDT), up to 1440 dpi print resolution, 7 levels of ink drop sizes and multicolour print speed or photo-realistic images of up to 60 sqm/h.

Corning to construct Durham manufacturing facility


Corning Incorporated is to build a manufacturing facility that will create over 300 new jobs in Durham County, North Carolina, USA.

The facility will manufacture Corning’s Valor Glass and is part of the company’s plan, announced last July, to invest $500 million and create 1000 new US jobs. 

The announcement follows similar Corning investments in the development and manufacturing of Valor Glass in Big Flats and Erwin, New York.

Wendell P. Weeks, Corning’s chairman, chief executive officer, and president said: “This progress is made possible by great customers like Merck and Pfizer, and the strong support that we have received from Senator Burr, Governor Cooper and the Durham County Commissioners, the White House Office of American Innovation, and FDA’s Emerging Technology Team.” 

The new facility will be constructed adjacent to a Corning Life Sciences manufacturing facility, enabling the company to realise synergies between the two businesses.

It is anticipated the new facility will be operational by year-end 2019. 

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