Europe’s largest container glass manufacturers attended the Glassman Europe event in Lyon, France last week.

Renowned container glass manufacturers such as O-I, Verallia, and Ardagh were in attendance at the combined exhibition and conference which took place on September 6 and 7.

The European manufacturers were joined by visitors from glassmaking facilities around the world, including Siam Glass in Thailand, Nihon Yamamura Glass from Japan, Turkey’s Sisecam and Vical from Costa Rica.

Some of the job titles of the glassmakers in attendance included President’s, Purchasers, Technical Director, R&D Director, Managing Director and Technical Buyer.

Companies among the 831 visitors to the event included BA Glass from Portugal, Vidrala from Spain, Stoelzle from sites across Europe, Wiegand Glass from Germany, Steklarna Hrastnik of Slovenia, Anheuser-Busch InBEV from Belgium, Kuwait’s Gulf Glass Manufacturing, Bormioli Rocco of Italy and Gurallar Glass Packaging from Turkey.

As well as attendees from Verallia and O-I, France was represented by companies including Saverglass, Pochet du Courval, SGD, Danone Waters and Arc International.

Ken Clark, Glassman Sales Director said: “We have had good feedback from our exhibitors who have said it was a successful event.

“We believe that this has been one of the best Glassman Europe’s in recent years thanks to the quality of visitors and the geographical reach of the visitors who attended.

“I’d like to thank all of the exhibitors, visitors, conference speakers and the Lyon regional government who have helped make this such a memorable event.”

Pic: Philippe Meuiner (centre), vice-president of Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes opens the event alongside Jean-Luc Logel, CEO, Iris Inspection Machines (right), Ken Clark, Sales Director Glassman Events, (second right), Steve Diprose, Managing Director, Quartz Business Media, (second left) and Greg Morris, Editor, Glass International (left).