Glass International Issue
March 2018

March 2018

In this month’s issue, Neutral Glass & Allied Industries discuss its recent furnace investment and acquisition by German glassmaker Gerresheimer.

This new furnace investment means that the company can continue producing high quality pharmaceutical and cosmetics glass as well as being environmentally friendly.

Elsewhere, we review the recent successful Glassman Asia container and hollow glass event in Bangkok, Thailand, which included a conference focused on Industry 4.0.

Phoenix Committee Chairman Graham Womersley highlights the organisation and how it selected an individual who had made a substantial contribution to the glass industry.

In addition, Paneratech’s CEO discusses how SmartMelter technology has been expanded to monitor high zircona refractories.

Experts from Stara Glass explore how, within the Prime Glass project, two techniques were developed to contain NOx in regenerative end-port furnaces.

Other technical features include articles from the likes of Tiama, Burkert, CelSian Glass and Furnace Solutions.

All this plus our usual history page from Prof John Parker as well as the round up of industry news.

2 Editor’s Comment

5 International news

13 Company profile


Gerresheimer’s Neutral Glass unveils Indian furnace

17 Phoenix Committee chairman

Pennine’s Graham Womersley is privileged to be this year’s Phoenix Committee chairman

21 Refractories

P Carlo Ratto and SSV

A new generation of services for the industry

27 Chinese Flat Glass overview

An overview of the sector

30 Process Control


Maximising the output of hot end process control

33 Furnaces


Improved combustion control using CO laser

36 PaneraTech
Measuring the thickness of high zirconia refractories

38 Stara Glass
Reappraising the role of port necks in regenerative furnaces

42 Furnace Solutions
The SGT’s Furnace Solutions keeps informing engineers

43 Testing and Research
American Glass Research

AGR opens European testing lab

46 Forming

Precise control over flame characteristics

49 History

50 Glassman Asia Review

54 Profile: Guangdong Huaxing Glass

Huaxing continues to expand

56 Chinese language supplement