Welcome to the September 2014 issue of Glass International. It's a bumper issue that will be distributed at the forthcoming glasstec event in Dusseldorf.
As ever the issue is packed with a combination of company profiles, industry overviews and technical features that contain the latest innovations from the glass industry.
It kicks off with an exclusive overview of Sisecam's recently unveiled new research centre, where Sisecam's President of Research and Technological Development, Prof Dr Sener Oktik, outlines its work.
Other company profiles include an overview of Syrian manufacturer MCGI, which despite the ongoing conflict in the Middle Eastern country, is still managing to produce glass containers.
Decoration has become an all-important topic within the industry and some of the biggest manufacturers provide technical features in this issue.
Owens-Illinois (O-I) explains how its Alloa decoration plant has benefitted from some of a €30 million pound investment at the facility, while SGD discusses how it has adapted to meet the curent demand for customer differentation.
Meanwhile UK manufacturer Beatson Clark discusses how some of a recent £10 million investment has been spent on decoration at its Rotherham, UK plant.
As the countdown towards the Glassman Europe event in Lyon begins, there is a special overview of all the main French glass container manufacturers.
As part of our glasstec coverage we include an overview of all the German associations involved in the industry and some of the important work they do.
All this plus a huge selection of techical features, columns, news and views.
Front cover from Sorg
Sisecam unveils new R&D centre - Sener Oktik
Syrian group still going strong despite conflict - Aiman Raslan, Modern Company for Glass Industries
Beatson Clark: Beer and branding - Lynn Sidebottom, Charlotte Taylor
BV Glas - Hans Joachim Konz
DGG - Ulrich Roger
VDMA - Timo Feuerbach
French overview - Sally Love
O-I boosts Alloa decoration facility - Kevin Donohue
SGD France pushes the decoration limits - Gaelle Verjus
The global counterfeit alcohol problem - Jorge Felipe Gonzalez, Thor International
History - John Parker
Technical Topics - John Henderson
Saint-Gobain Oberland achieves energy reduction - Thomas Goetting, Siemens
A step towards quality and productivity - Philippe Volay, Iris Inspection Machines
Bucher Emhart Glass to show BIS and FleXinspect at glasstec
Industry 4.0 in container glass production - Mark Ziegler, Heye International
14 ways to reduce NOx emissions - Erik Muijsenberg, Glass Service
ISS and the move West - Rolf Themann, Sklostroj Turnov
Hot spot boosting for security of glass supply - Neil Simpson, BOC UK, Linde
Flexibility for the cold end - MSK Verpackungs Systeme
Industry is booming in Brazil thanks to research - Edgar Dutra Zanotto, CERTEV
Product quality of high level waste during three key stages - Mike Harrison, Sellafield
Stainless steel insulation for glass bottles - Garry Oldfield, DA Oldfield
Surface improvement in glass production - Heiko Hessenkemper
Furnace design and operation
What has your furnace feed bin done for you lately? - Roger Barnum, Jenike & Johanson
Extending furnace life - Michael Horsfield, Dismatec
Lahti celebrates its 100th anniversary - Jarmo Sopanen, Lahti Precision
GPS outlines its vision - Wolfgang Korzak
Vidromecanica benefits from huge expansion - Antonio Barreto
Screen printing stretcher system - Lewis Stovin, G G Cade Technologies
Furnace Solutions goes from strength to strength
DGG and ACerS: An Aachen adventure
Laser cladding technology for moulds - Michel Rege, Chpolansky