Glass International Issue
June 2019

June 2019

This month's issue has a Spanish feel with interviews from two major figures in the glass industry.

We speak to Profesor Alicia Duran, who gives her first interview since being named this year's Phoenix Award Glass Person of the Year.

She discusses her career in detail and highligts some of the major projects she has worked on during her 40 years in the Spanish glass industry.

We also interview Spanish tableware manufacturer Vicrila, which is undergoing a €17 million transformation at its Bilbao site.

Electric Glass Fiber UK was named company of the year at last year British Glass Focus awards. Steve Keeton and Phil Eccles discuss some of the initiatives the Wigan-based company has been involved in.

We highlight some of the work the newly formed Glass Recycling Foundation will focus on in the United States while our technical feature this month is on the batch plant.

Soda ash supplier Newport Industries recently unveiled an £8 million handling facility in LIverpool, UK and Glass International was one of the first to attend.

The issue also contains articles from Heye International, MSK and Vimec as well as regular contributions from John Henderson, British Glass and John Parker with his popular History column.

Fron cover courtesy of EME.


2 Editor’s Comment

2 International news

10 Company profile: Phoenix Award Winner

Phoenix Award celebrates Spanish Research Professor’s 40 years

14 Electric Glass Fiber UK

Transformation of UK fibre glass plant

19 The Silica Chronicles

A new way to raise funds to enhance recycling

23 Batch Plant

EME: Cutting edge technology for modern batch and cullet systems

27 Batch Plant

Zippe: Zippe’s Control System Technology goes B-ZMART

30 Company profile: Newport Industries

Newport Industries unveils £8 million soda ash handling site

32 Company profile: Vicrila

Vicrila plots largest ever expansion

36 Forming

Heye: Safety benefits of IS machine lighting

38 Cold end

MSK: Complete cold end for Turkish glass plant

36 Forming

Vimec: Vimec introduces inspection for moulded glass sealing surface

45 British Glass: Milk bottles are cream of the crop

46 History In the pink

47 Henderson Unbreakable glass