Glass International Issue
July/August 2014

July/August 2014

Welcome to the combined July/August issue of Glass International.

This month Jerry Lemieux, CEO of Bennu Glass, the new player in the US container glass market, talks to Glass International about the challenges involved in getting the company up and running, and how the company plans to pit itself against the established wine and beer bottle producers in the US market.

Speaking of which, we also take a look at O-I’s recently opened Innovation Center in Ohio, and speak with Ludovic Valette, Global Vice President of R&D, about the technology and equipment used at the centre and the results produced so far.

Prof. Russell Hand, recently appointed President of the Society of Glass Technology in the UK, talks to Glass International about the group’s upcoming centenary and its plans for the future, and Colombian company Thor discusses its recent entry into the glass industry, as an addition to its high-precision manufacturing work in the Defence and Aeronautical sectors.

This month our technical focus is on handling, and we have features from Grenzebach on inspecting thin glass, and Heye on quad gob ware handling, as well as features on safety wear and dry lubrication – a technical solution for unstable packages.

On top of all this we have our usual round up of the latest industry news and events, including a review of this year’s Mir Stekla. This is accompanied by our regular Technical Topics and History columns, as well as contributions from British Glass and Abividro.

Cover image: Bucher Emhart Glass


Editor's Comment

Glass Profile:

Bennu Glass - Jerry Lemieux

O-I R&D Centre - Ludovic Valette

The UK's Society of Glass Technology - Russell Hand, SGT

Company Profile: Thor International

British Glass

History - John Parker

Abividro - Edison Toporcov

Hollow Glass: Industry overview

Glass Machinery: German glass machinery ready for glasstec - VDMA


Dry lubrication helps improve glass package stability - Dry Lube

Protective clothing for the glass industry - David Bennett, Bennett Safetywear

Inspecting thin glass - Ulrich Neuhausler, Dr. Schwab, Grenzebach

Quad gob ware handling - Wilfried Seidensticker, Heye International

Robotic glass handling - Ashton Industrial

An overview of basalt fibres - Davide Pico, Aachen University

Events world:

Mir Stekla at its best - Sally Love