Glass International Issue
April 2015

April 2015

Welcome to the April issue of Glass International – a bumper issue ahead of the Glassman Europe show in Lyon, France in May that contains features on the French, Indian and Mexican markets.

To celebrate France and its thriving container glass industry, we have compiled a selection of features that demonstrate the strength and diversity of the French market. This includes an overview of the Bresle Valley manufacturing hub, profiles on companies such as O-I France, SGD and Pochet du Courval, and, in the year of Saint-Gobain’s 350th year anniversary, a look back at the company’s extensive historical highlights.

India also features heavily in this month’s issue, with a review of the recent Glasspex India show, a profile on Piramal Glass, and technical articles exploring the latest findings from the industrial mega country.

April’s issue kicks off our focus on Mexico ahead of the upcoming Glassman Latin America show, which will be held in Guadalajara in September. We spoke with José Luis Vélez, Managing Director of Interglass, and also with Hector Garcia, Plant Manager of Gerresheimer’s Querétaro plant to find out more about these Mexican businesses.

Included in this month’s issue is the Glassman Europe preview and catalogue, with full details about the exhibitors coming to the show and the conference that will run alongside it. Featuring speakers from O-I, Ardagh, Stoelzle, Siemens, FEVE and Bormioli Rocco amongst others, the free-to-attend exhibition and conference is set to be a success, and we look forward to welcoming you at the Cité Centre de Congres, Lyon, on the 6th and 7th May.

This is all accompanied by our regular technical features, columns, industry news and events diary.

Front cover image courtesy of Pennine.

Editor’s Comment

International News

French profile: Saint-Gobain - Sally Love

French profile: Bresle Valley - Sally Love

Glassman preview

Glassman Europe 2015: Lyon

Mexico profile

Gerresheimer - Hector Garcia, Greg Morris

Interglass - Jose Luis Velez, Greg Morris


Glasspex India gets the thumbs up - Greg Morris

India profile: Piramal Glass - Vijay Shah

Energy efficiency in India - Sachin Kumar

Shining a light on black glass - Heiko Hessenkemper

French supplement

French overview - Sally Love

Pochet du Courval - Christian Durand, Antoine Planque, Greg Morris

O-I France - Jean-Pierre Francois, Sally Love, O-I

Iris Inspection Machines - Stephanie Devillard

Tiama MSC & SGCC - Ursula Baudry

SGD - Laurent Zuber, Greg Morris

ERMI - Marina Nevidoma

A study in the use of slag in a float glass melting furnace - Ashrok Chakrabarty, Deltaplus India

Glassman Europe Catalogue: Lyon

History - John Parker

British Glass

Glass personality profile: Horn CEO - Stephan Meindl, Horn Glass Industries

Technical matters

How to rescue your furnace - Stuart Hakes, FIC UK

Supplier profile: FIC (UK) Limited

Impact of gas on glass melting

A new chapter of batch charging - Egbert Wenninger, EME Maschinenfabrik

Ardagh gears up for UK recycling success - Steffan Seehausen

Glass is all stacked up - Vidromecanica

What does good performance look like? - Mark Ziegler, Heye International

Pennine in double launch


Pallet audit and defect tracking - Fabio Castro, Vertech'

Hot end: Where quality is made - Philippe Spiteri, Bucher Emhart Glass

Top shelf challenges at the cold end - Bucher Emhart Glass

Dual camera for hot end inspection - Paul Schreuders, Xpar Vision

SPT2 system applies the pressure - David Dineff, AGR International

A small company with a big vision - Graeme Reid, Pro-Sight Vision