Glass International Issue
June 2015

June 2015

The June issue of Glass International contains an exclusive interview with Peter Fitzgerald ahead of his imminent retirement from Encirc.

Peter discusses the company’s sustainability policies and the recent takeover by Vidrala.

In this month’s personality profiles we welcome Jonathan Culley, new Business Development Director for Allied Glass, and Chris Hobbs, new Finance Director for Pennine Industrial, to the glass community.

We also have the Glassman Europe exhibition and conference reviews, following the success of the show held in Lyon earlier this year. During the conference, speakers from O-I, Ardagh, FEVE, Bucher Emhart and Stoelzle amongst others addressed the audience on a variety of topics surrounding ‘Energy efficiency and environmental solutions in the glass industry’.

Moving on to Glassman Latin America, held in Mexico’s Guadalajara in September, our company profile focuses on the family run M-Glass Factory Services (MGFS).

A Mexican glass supplier that primarily serves the Latin American markets, the company is kept busy by the steady growth in the container glass industry in Mexico.

The company’s founder, Hans Mehl, notes: “Glass manufacturers [in Mexico] are expanding their production capabilities. Fuel efficiency and environmental control is becoming ever-more important. There is a large market in Mexico for companies offering products in these segments.”

Our technical topic this month is forming, with features from Ocmi and Cortex Glass amongst others, and as always there is the usual mix of news, columns, and industry events.

Front cover image courtesy of Pennine Industrial.

Editor's comment

International news

Glassman Europe conference: A sustainable future

Interview: Encirc increases its sustainability efforts - Peter Fitzgerald, Sally Love

Personality profile: Numbers add up for Pennine as new recruit starts - Chris Hobbs, Pennine Industrial

Company profile: Mexican glass company keeps it in the family - Hans Mehl, MGFS

Personality profile: Allied means business - Jonathon Culley, Allied Glass

Container glass: Container Glass Alliance in Brazilian start-up - Jean Philippe Martel


Sealing the deal in stemware - Alessandro Crescentini, Ocmi

Solving forming problems for 40 years - Adam Neupert, Quantum

Hot end process monitoring - Mark Holtkamp, Rene Brummelman, Cortex Glass

Heye strengthens position in CIS countries


History - John Parker

British Glass

Events world

Glassman exhibition review

Milan set for Vitrum 2015

Environment: Through the looking glass - Richard Gagg, Land Instruments