June 2019

This month's issue has a Spanish feel with interviews from two major figures in the glass industry.

We speak to Profesor Alicia Duran, who gives her first interview since being named this year's Phoenix Award Glass Person of the Year.

She discusses her career in detail and highligts some of the major projects she has worked on during her 40 years in the Spanish glass industry.

We also interview Spanish tableware manufacturer Vicrila, which is undergoing a €17 million transformation at its Bilbao site.

Electric Glass Fiber UK was named company of the year at last year British Glass Focus awards. Steve Keeton and Phil Eccles discuss some of the initiatives the Wigan-based company has been involved in.

We highlight some of the work the newly formed Glass Recycling Foundation will focus on in the United States while our technical feature this month is on the batch plant.

Soda ash supplier Newport Industries recently unveiled an £8 million handling facility in LIverpool, UK and Glass International was one of the first to attend. 

The issue also contains articles from Heye International, MSK and Vimec as well as regular contributions from John Henderson, British Glass and John Parker with his popular History column.

Fron cover courtesy of EME.

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June 2019 highlights


2   Editor’s Comment

2   International news

10   Company profile: Phoenix Award Winner                      

Phoenix Award celebrates Spanish Research Professor’s 40 years

 14   Electric Glass Fiber UK

Transformation of UK fibre glass plant

 19   The Silica Chronicles                            

A new way to raise funds to enhance recycling

 23   Batch Plant

        EME: Cutting edge technology for modern batch and cullet systems

 27    Batch Plant

        Zippe: Zippe’s Control System Technology goes B-ZMART    

30    Company profile: Newport Industries                      

Newport Industries unveils £8 million soda ash handling site     

32    Company profile: Vicrila                          

Vicrila plots largest ever expansion

36   Forming

        Heye: Safety benefits of IS machine lighting

38    Cold end

        MSK: Complete cold end for Turkish glass plant

36    Forming

        Vimec: Vimec introduces inspection for moulded glass sealing surface

45    British Glass:   Milk bottles are cream of the crop

46    History In the pink

47    Henderson Unbreakable glass