Glass International Issue
October 2017 issue out now

October 2017 issue out now

Chinese container glassmaker Zhaoquing Tongchang discusses its recent investment, which saw European companies including Vertech, Horn, Heye, Iris, AGR and Antonini install equipment at its site.

Socabelec discusses the recent installation of its swabbing robot at SGD Kipfenberg and at Ardagh Moerdijk while our technical feature this month is on decoration.

The issue also features reviews of the Industry 4.0 in Glassmaking and Trends in Glass conferences held at the recent Glassman Europe event. The World Soda Ash Conference in Dubrovnik is also reviewed, which discusses the impact that new Turkish soda ash will have on the glassmaking market.

Ramsey Products’ David Holcomb discusses the company and its recent Lifeguard patent, while technical articles have been supplied by, among others, Germany’s BV Glas and Simullex as well as Forglass of Poland.

All this plus the usual mix of news and views from our columnists.

Cover image courtesy of EME


2 Editor’s Comment
5 International news

Company profile

12 Zhaoqing Tongchan:
Investments boosts Zhaoqing Tongchan’s market profile.


17 Socabelec:
SGD Kipfenberg and Ardagh benefit from swabbing robot.

Events review

21 Glassman Europe:
All set for the digital area.

Company profile

26 Ramsey Products:
Silent chain speaks volume.

Spirits Packaging Summit:

29 O-I to speak at summit


30 The importance of the ICG


32 BV Glas:
A vision for 2050: an 81% reduction in glass furnace energy.

35 Simullex:
Making better use of electric boosting in glass furnaces.


40 Stewart Engineers:

Value-added coating can save struggling glass manufacturers.


42 KBA-Kammann:
KBA-Kammann delivers 200th machine to Pepper Décor

44 Fermac:
Fermac celebrates successful Satimat installation in France

Events review

46 World Soda Ash conference:
What effect will new Turkish soda ash capacity have on global glass industry?

Batch house

49 Forglass:
Batch house technological assistant