Top 10 stories of 2014 by visitor numbers to the Glass International website:

1 Vitro to construct Brazilian glass container plant

Mexican producer Vitro is to construct a $90 million glass container plant in Brazil to serve the cosmetics, fragrances, and speciality segments.

2 EME and Sorg supply O-I’s Innovation Centre

Nikolaus Sorg and EME Maschinenfabrik Clasen supplied equipment for Owens-Illinois (O-I’s) recently-opened Innovation Centre.

3 Ardagh gets the go ahead for Verallia takeover

Saint-Gobain has completed its sale of Verallia North America (VNA) to Ardagh for a reported US$1.69 billion.

4 Ardagh Holmegaard secures energy agreement

Ardagh Group’s glassworks in Holmegaard, Denmark, produces 160,000 tonnes of container glass each year, equivalent to nearly 700 million bottles and jars primarily for the beer spirit, wine, non- alcoholic beverage and food sectors.

5 O-I enters into joint venture with Constellation Brands

Owens-Illinois (O-I) has agreed to enter into a 50-50 joint venture with Constellation Brands.

6 EME to build the world’s largest container glass batch plant in the USA

For EME Maschinenfabrik Clasen a leading supplier of batch plants and cullet return systems for the glass industry, the USA has always been a dominant glass region with many opportunities.

7 Horn supplies 400tpd furnace to Nampak

German company Horn has supplied a furnace to South African container glass group Nampak Glass.

8 Sisecam opens Russian facility

Sisecam has opened a glassmaking production site in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

9 Bucher Emhart makes changes to refractories division

Bucher Emhart Glass announces changes to the management team, sales structure, pricing model, and product distribution of its refractories division.

10 SGD orders batch plant from Zippe

Zippe has received the order for a batch plant for borosilicate glass from SGD in France.