Glass International Issue
February 2018

February 2018

Six glass experts discuss how Industry 4.0 will effect glassmaking in the future in the February 2018 issue of Glass International.

Five leading suppliers and a glass manufacturer highlight the benefits and the disadvantages of this new concept in glassmaking.

Elsewhere, Verescence's General Manager for France, Hélène Marchand, discusses the company's recent €30 million investment at its Mers-les-Bains plant.

Digital glassmaking is currently a hot topic and Heinz-Glas recently unveiled an industry first: a flacon with a digital screen. It discusses the creative procedure behind the bottle.

Ahead of the Glassman Latin America event next month we focus on Mexico's container glass industry and some of the major companies involved in it.

Our technical features come from the likes of Bucher Emhart Glass, GPS, PSR, Novaxion and Cromogenia.

Glass for Europe recently undertook a huge increase of its structure and its Secretary General, Bertrand Cazes, discusses the changes at the association.

All this plus our usual history page from Prof John Parker as well as the round up of industry news.

Cover image from Pennine

2 Editor’s Comment

5 International news

12 Company profile: Verescence

Verescence invests in its largest, greenest furnace

17 Industry 4.0 in glassmaking

How industry 4.0 can improve container glassmaking

28 Digital glassmaking: Heinz-Glas

A flacon for a digital world

31 Mexican overview

Container sector continues to flourish

39 Company profile: FAMA

FAMA enter a new era

43 Company profile: MGFS

Family business for the Mexican market

46 Refractories: Emhart:

444- a formulation for thermal shock resistance

48 PSR:

Tackling production issues

51 Forming: GPS

Boosting productivity using an automatic mould system

55 Lubrication: Novaxion

Novaxion’s latest swabbing robot is integrated onto Emhart machine

58 Cromogenia:

Lubrication oils to prevent leaks

60 Company profile: Glass Europe

An association representing all actors of the flat glass sector

64 History:

Casting a light on glazing


70 Conference programme

72 Floor plan and exhibitors’ list

75 Guide to exhibitors and product services