Welcome to the December/January 2019 issue of Glass International.
This month we focus on Steklarna Hrastnik, Siemens, British Glass Focus awards and Tata Chemicals Europe.
Steklarna Hrastnik’s General Manager Peter Cas discusses the Slovenian glassmaker’s recent upgrade.
We talk to the Siemens team about its digital consultancy offering to glassmakers.
We report on the recent British Glass Focus event and highlight each award winner, including O-I, Ardagh and Electric Glass Fibre. Meanwhile, the Tata Chemicals Europe team highlight the recent turnaround at the company’s site in Cheshire, UK.
Elsewhere, country reports on the Indonesian container and flat glass sectors and the US recycling market are provided.
Technical articles are supplied by companies including Xpar Vision, BV Glas, futronic, Condat and Graphoidal.
We also publish the regular, popular columns from the ICG's Prof John Parker and John Henderson.
Front cover provided by EME.
2 Editor’s Comment
2 International news
8 Company profile: Steklarna Hrastnik
Embarking on a digital journey
12 Digital glassmaking: Siemens
A digital consultancy for glassmakers
17 US Overview: The Silica Chronicles
Glass recycling in the United States
25 Country profile: Indonesia
Indonesian glass is thriving
28 Company profile: Tata Chemicals Europe
Tata’s successful transformation
33 Lubrication: Xpar Vision
BlankRobot: a step towards full forming process control
37 Lubrication: Graphoidal
A modular lubrication system
39 Events review: British Glass Focus Awards
48 Country overview: British Glass
British Glass CEO’s insight into the UK glass industry at GPI
50 Conference review: Glass Focus
A focus on digital glassmaking
52 Digital printing: O-I
O-I Expressions: A digital printing method
54 Environment: BV Glas
The glass industry is geared up for the circular economy
59 Lubrication: Condat
Exciting forecast for lubricants
60 Lubrication: futronic
Swab cycles monitored automatically
64 History: Prof John Parker
Helium in glassmaking
66 John Henderson: Glass diversity