Glass International Issue
December/January 2018

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December/January 2018

Welcome to the December/January issue of Glass International.

This month we focus on Thailand ahead of the Glassman Asia and Future Glass Forum event in Bangkok at the end of January.

Two Thai container glass manufacturers have opened new furnaces in recent months – and we have interviews with both of them.

Boonsak Stitmannaithum, Executive Vice President of Operations of Thai Malaya Glass and Thai Glass Industries, discusses the recent opening of furnace SB4 at Thai Malaya Glass’s Saraburi site.

Asia Pacific Glass recently opened its second furnace at its Chachoengsao site. Its executive team highlight the benefits it will give to the company.

Viwat Supatam is a keynote speaker at the Future Glass Forum and he discusses Siam Glass’s plans for a fourth manufacturing site, to be built in Rojana Industrial Park next to its Ayutthaya site in 2019.

This month’s technical feature is on lubrication, while other specialist papers are supplied by Sorg and Italy’s SSV, among others.

We also provide a supplier spotlight on UK glass conditioning and refractory company PSR, as well as chat to new VDMA glass section chairman, Egbert Wenninger.

All this as well as the usual round up of news and views.

Front cover image courtesy of Pennine Industrial Equipment.

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2 Editor’s Comment

4 International news

11 Company profile:

Thai Glass Industries: Thai Malaya Glass unveils fourth Saraburi furnace

17 Company profile:

Asia Pacific Glass: APG opens second furnace.

22 Country overview:

Thailand: The container glass sector in Thailand.

29 Forming

GPS secures Bangkok Glass contract.

32 Company profile:

Siam Glass Industry: Siam Glass plots fourth production plant.

34 Company profile:

Parkinson-Spencer Refractories: A new generation at family business.

41 Cullet:

Stazione Sperimentale del Vetro (SSV):The assessment of glass cullet quality on the redox state.

47 Furnaces:

Sorg: Methods to reduce installation time.

50 Float Glass:

Stewart Engineers: Build wealth by investing in float glass



68 VDV Lubricants: A safer swabbing lubricant

71 Condat: Anadolu Cam’s Eskisehir plant benefits from swabbing oil

75 Personality profile:

VDMA: New chairman focuses on digital glassmaking.

78 History: Glassy eyed