German hollow glass sales increased by 12.6% in the first half of the year.

The sector, representing container glass manufacturers, increased sales to €1.36 billion compared to €1.21 billion during the same period the year before.

In its financial report for the first half of 2018, German association BV Glas described the hollow glass sector as ‘booming’.

Total sales of the glass industry in Germany increased by 4.4% to around €5.06 billion (2017: €4.84 billion). Domestic sales increased slightly by 0.4% while foreign sales saw strong growth of 9.8%.

Its President Frank Heinricht (pictured) said: "The half-year result of the glass industry shows that the material is still in demand and that it is indispensable for many everyday applications.

“Especially with regard to the glasstec trade fair, glass is the trend. We take the positive mood into the second half of the year and look forward to it with optimism."

BV-Glas’s member companies include container manufacturers with production plants in Germany such as Ardagh, Gerresheimer, O-I and Heinz-Glas.

BV Glas is the umbrella organisation of the glasstec trade fair and has a stand in Hall 10 E 22.

It has organised a conference session at glasstec on the afternoon of October 23 titled Environmental and Climate Policy in Germany & Europe - Challenges, Opportunities and Risks for the Glass Industry.