Zippe Industrieanlagen from Wertheim, Germany, invited interested customers to view its two batch preheaters, installed at Ardagh Group in Dongen, The Netherlands.

The first preheater, with a capacity of 340 t/d and a cullet portion of about. 80 - 90 %, was commissioned in 2010.

Ardagh Glass ordered a second preheater for its furnace number 16 in 2011. This has a capacity of 400 t/d and works with a cullet portion of 50 - 60 %.

Ardagh’s Director Investment Coordination, Prof. Dr Hansjürgen Barklage-Hilgefort, and its Manager Furnaces, Mr Sjoerd Stelwagen ,explained the mode of operation.

They expressed the positives regarding their collaboration with Zippe and its batch preheating technology. They said the two preheaters were reliable and were of low-maintenance.

The excursion was organised during the recent glasstec exhibition.