Glass International Issue
June 2018

June 2018

The June 2018 issue contains an interview with Wiegand-Glas Managing Director, Oliver Wiegand.

Mr Wiegand was recently named Phoenix Award's Glass Person of the Year 2018 and he talks about his career in the industry.

SGD Pharma recently celebrated the opening of Furnace Number 2 at its Saint Quentin la Motte site in France.

Plant Director Christophe Rogier discusses the project and pride in the new furnace.

Sisecam CEO Prof. Ahmet Kirman discusses the Turkish glass manufacturer’s environmental plan. Some of the initiatives the group has been involved in include building a solar glass plant to produce renewable energy.

Marpack Extrusions’ Jamie Gibson discusses how the packaging group has enjoyed rapid growth over the past few years and capped its expansion with the opening of a new warehouse and showroom.

British Glass held a Glass Appreciation course in Sheffield to introduce glassmaking to industry newcomers. Our review explains how the course provided an insight into glass processes, technology, supplying and testing.

Our technical feature this month is on batch plants and EME and Zippe have both supplied articles.

Pace Glass’ George Valiotis discusses how its new glass recycling facility in New Jersey will focus on residue glass from single stream operations.

Prof John Parker of the Turner Museum of Glass in Sheffield, UK provides his regular history column and discusses the evolution of refractories.

Cover image courtesy of ZIPPE

2 Editor’s Comment

5 International news

12 Personality profile

Oliver Wiegand:

Phoenix Award winner combines technology with tradition

16 Company profile

SGD Pharma:

SGD Pharma celebrates Furnace 2

21 Packaging


Protection in packaging

24 Environment


Sisecam’s sustainability approach

28 Batch plant

Premix technology for improved distribution of minor materials

32 Zippe:

Zippe builds Turkmeni batch plant

33 Company profile:

Pace Glass:

Pace Glass breaks ground on recycling facility in New Jersey

35 History:
The evolution of refractories

36 Events review:

GlassTrend seminar:

GlassTrend discusses how to make the industry greener

38 Events review - Glass Appreciation:
Glass Appreciation course provides
great introduction to glassmaking

40 Training:

O-I Poland:

Global programme trains manufacturing leaders

41 Analysis: Russia
Russia’s container market in 2017

42 Events: China Glass review
Visitor numbers rise by 49% at China Glass 2018