Glass International Issue
December 2018

December 2018

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

The winners

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