The May 2011 issue focuses largely on keeping glass 'green'. Environmental protection is a highly important and current issue for all energy-intensive industries, not least glassmaking, and a special feature in this issue reinforces this fact. Accounts from both flat and container glass manufacturers explain how the respective sectors keep operations energy-efficient and, importantly, push glass as a sustainable material.
Meanwhile, a feature on forming seems to re-emphasise the aim of energy efficiency in bottle making, while columnist John Henderson reminds us of an often overlooked topic - the impact of colour on batch costs.
Ahead of Mir Stekla 2011, the issue also contains a report on the Russian container glass market, as well as a brief preview of what's in store at Moscow's Expocentre this year.
Global glassmaker outlines four key goals for sustainability - Tim Neal, Owens-Illinois (O-I)
Glass: The clear solution to the carbon emissions challenge - Clemens Miller, NSG Group
Milling technology could open new markets in recycling - George Ord, International Innovative Technologies
How Czech glassmakers protect the environment - Lubomir Sedlak
Reusable glass bottle produces low carbon footprint - Laurel Herter, Bottlesup
Focus on Russia
Russia's hollow glass sector on upward swing of pendulum - Seema Gahlaut
Mir Stekla: Russia's main forum for the industry
Back to basics: Exploring the bottle making process - Saeed Keshavarz
How to improve forming while saving energy - Pneumofore
Supplier plays key part in single-stage forming project - Dr Michael Kellner, Heye International
GPD confirms special guests for June conference
SEFPRO director honoured at Hotbels seminar