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.
French profile: Saint-Gobain - Sally Love
French profile: Bresle Valley - Sally Love
Glassman Europe 2015: Lyon
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 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
Glass personality profile: Horn CEO - Stephan Meindl, Horn Glass Industries
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