Glass lubricant experts from across Fuchs Europe converged on the UK for a special two-day seminar looking at the latest developments in products and techniques.

Fuchs Lubricants, which has its UK headquarters in Stoke-on-Trent, hosted the event attended by teams from 14 different countries.

Representatives of technical and sales teams were in attendance at the event, which saw Fuchs showcase its glass industry portfolio, Vitrolis, at its Global Technical Centre of Excellence.

Various aspects of the Vitrolis range were discussed, including an update on product development over the last 12 months, along with a session on the Fuchs Swab School concerning swabbing lubricants and effective swabbing techniques to improve production efficiency.

The seminar was headed up by Dr Iwona Szkoda-Giannaki, who manages the Vitrolis brand, while the Fuchs Swab School was run by David Fish, a consultant from the glass industry who has 35 years’ experience as a Production Manager at Owens Illinois, the world’s largest manufacturer of glass containers.

Richard Rogers, Head of Special Lubricants Division, said: “The glass industry is a sustainable and growing industry globally and represents an important part of Fuchs UK and Fuchs Lubritech’s future product strategy.

“Our new product developments and approvals from OEMs like Heye give us a strong and powerful message from which to strengthen existing customer relationships and develop new ones.

“It was a very successful seminar and the feedback was extremely positive.”

The Fuchs Global Technical Centre of Excellence centre is the hub for new product development, technical support service and the control of quality assurance and manufacturing systems and procedures associated with all Fuchs glass industry products.

The centre provides specialist technical support services to enhance that of the local Fuchs operations.

The centre manages new product development and aids in the transfer of knowledge and technology to local Fuchs companies around the world, and is supported by the group research and development programmes.