Glass International Issue
November 2019

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November 2019

Welcome to the November 2019 issue of Glass International.

Angola’s Embalvidro recently started a new container glass plant and we interview Plant Director Antonio Ruivo to discuss the facility.

Glass International was the only overseas press invited to the inauguration of Bormioli Phama’s expanded plant – we have the full story about the site’s transformation.

Emma Bowers and Richard van Breda investigate refillable bottles while Sorg’s Dr Hartmut Hegeler discusses the environmental challenges facing glassmakers in the future.

Vijay Shah of Piramal Glass reports on the company’s recent €30 million investment in premium perfume bottle manufacturing.

Glass Futures’ Rob Ireson provides an update on Phases 2 and 3 of the Industrial Fuel Switching Project.

Professor Alicia Duran accepted the Phoenix award for 2019 recently and we have all the details.

The environment is focused upon and Vertech, Fives, CelSian Glass, Heye, Deakin University and Nippon Gases have all submitted technical updates.

George Lewis reports from the Glass Appreciation course while John Parker round off the issue with his regular history column.

Front cover courtesy of Zippe.

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2 Editor’s Comment + International news

10 Company profile:
Embalvidro - Angolan container plant lights furnace

14 Company profile:
Bormioli Pharma - Bormioli Pharma unveils expanded plant

16 Environment
Are refillable bottles the answer to packaging sustainability?

21 Environment:
Sorg - The furnace of the future?

24 Company profile:
Piramal Glass - Piramal expands premium perfume footprint

27 Environment:
Glass Technology Services - Low carbon fuels - the sustainable future for glass manufacturing

30 Phoenix Banquet Review
Prof Alicia Duran accepts Phoenix award

34 Environment:
Vertech’ When ecological requirements meet economic interests

39 Environment:
Fives - All electric melting for container glass

42 Environment:
CelSian - Software to improve energy efficiency

44 Environment:
Nippon Gases - Combustion technology to reduce emissions

48 Inspection:
Heye International - A retrofit option for inspection

49 Events review:
British Glass - An appreciation of glass

51 Recycling:
Deakin University - A concrete concept for the construction industry

54 History
Frederik Carder (Part 2)