Glass International Issue
March 2020

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March 2020

The March 2020 issue of Glass International is focused on the Mexican glassmaking market.

It includes an in-depth interview with IVC after the recent lighting of its fifth furnace in Piedras Negras.

We speak to glassmaker Vidrio Formas, which discusses its plans for a second plant close to its headquarters in Lerma.

We provide an overview of the country’s glassmaking market. We also interview MGFS ahead of the its expansion for a second plant

Turning away from Mexico, we profile a variety of women who work in the glass industry for their thoughts on the sector.

Turkish glassmaker Sisecam discusses how hedging tools can mitigate financial risk while we also publish technical articles from Emhart, Ross International and Forehearth Services.

LWN Lufttechnik discusses its recent management changes while the issue is rounded of by John Parker's regular history column.

Everybody at Glass International wishes all the best to its readers and to stay safe and in good health in these difficult times.

Front cover image courtesy of Applied Vision https://www.appliedglass.com

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2 Editor’s Comment + International news


10 Company profile: IVC
Construction of glass cathedral


19 Company profile: Vidrio Formas
Plans for a second plant


24 Trends: Could traceability plans silence glass nay-sayers?


26 Women in glassmaking: A profile of female glassmakers


33 Forming: Emhart
Smart feeder


36 Country Profile: Mexican glass industry is thriving


41 Commodity price risk: Sisecam
Using hedging tools to mitigate risk


45 Forming: Ross International
SCADS system for glass mould design


49 Forming:
FAMA launches CEIS 4.0 control


50 Furnaces: MGFS
Mexican furnace group plant expansion


54 Company profile: LWN Lufttechnik
Management changes
at engineering group


58 Company profile: Shattersafe
Plastic coated glass bottle


60 Events Diary: SGT
Calendar of events for 2020


63 Glassman Latin America Catalogue


85 Furnaces: PaneraTech
Travel bans don’t stop PaneraTech


87 History: Health and safety at work