Glass International Issue
July/August 2016

July/August 2016

Welcome to the July/August edition of Glass International - a bumper glasstec issue!

The issue is one of our largest ever and is packed full of interviews, company overviews and technical features.

We have the first interview with this year's Phoenix Award winner, Fuyao Glass's Cho Tak Wong, who talks about his rise from humble beginnings to Chairman of an international glass manufacturer.

Stolzle Flacconage's CEO Johannes Schick exclusively discusses the company's recent £17 million investment at its Knottingley, UK site which includes a new furnace and modernisation of cold end, decoration and palletising equipment.

O-I's Paul McLavin reports on the company's recent revamp of its Harlow, UK site, which now has a focus on the beer industry.

The glasstec issue features a number of German company profiles as well as a German country overview. Among those to talk to Glass International are Sorg, futronic, ilis, Heye International and the BV Glas association.

All this plus company profiles on Sheppee, AGC Ceramics, MAVSA and a plethora of technical features.

Front cover image courtesy of Pennine Industrial

2 Editor’s Comment

3 International news

German overview

11 German container industry continues to rise

17 BV Glas - A voice for the industry (Dr Frank Heinricht)

20 Nikolaus Sorg - Family values at the heart of furnaces company (Alexander Sorg)

24 futronic - 20 years of doing business together

29 ilis - Evolution of software company (Henning Katte)

32 Heye International - Forefront of engineering (Dirk Portner)

36 - Virtual reality in glass plants (Sebastian Pantel)

41 Company profile: Stölzle Flaconnage’s £17 million furnace

44 Phoenix Award winner: Fuyao Glass Chairman honoured with Award (Cho Tak Wong)

46 O-I Harlow interview: Revamped O-I plant with a focus on craft beer (Paul McLavin)

Company profiles:

50 AGC Ceramics Celebrates 100-years (Masaru Ota)

56 Sheppee: At home with hot ware handling (Mark Johnston)

60 MAVSA: From Argentina to the world (Diego Fuentes)

64 History (John Parker)


67 PSR: Efficient systems (SImon Parkinson)

72 Forehearth Services: Training and audits optimise forehearth performance (John McMinn)

Energy efficiency

74 Endeco: Raising revenue by reducing national grid use (Michael Phelan)


78 Stölzle: Individuality through decoration

80 Curvink: Direct digital decoration (Eelco Venema)

82 Fermac: Jet Art takes digital decoration to unprecedented heights

83 Allied: Nomination for awards

Events world

84 Hollow glass show highlights the best of the Middle East

90 Mir Stekla 2016 in Moscow

Quality control

94 Tiama: Highlights technology at glasstec 2016


97 Graco: Equipment for insulated glass sealing (Greg van Gansen)


102 Condat: Lubricants on display at glasstec

Events world

106 SGT celebrates its centenary


108 Iris: Increased global presence for specialist (Jean-Luc Logel)