Vetropack’s Czech glass manufacturing facility celebrated its 140th anniversary recently.

The glassworks was founded in 1883 in the South Moravian town of Kyjov and has been operating under the name of Vetropack Moravia Glass since 1991.

With a daily production capacity of over 700 metric tons of packaging glass, the Czech site has established itself as one of the key glass packaging suppliers for Central Europe.

This year marked the introduction of a new melting furnace designed for producing coloured glass. The melting furnace has an increased capacity – producing 400 metric tons of coloured glass per day compared to the previous 350 metric tons.

The factory’s reconstruction also extended to the cold end, and included new annealing lehrs and cold end coating.

Centrally controlled lines equipped with modern inspection technology enhance the detection of defects and minimise downtime.

These changes have improved production capacity and product quality while at the same time creating a safe and ergonomic workplace for Vetropack’s employees.

The glass manufacturing facility also installed two new machines featuring completely servo-driven glassmaking technology.

Boris Sluka, Managing Director of Vetropack’s Business Unit Czech Republic and Slovakia, said there were many advantages to servo-driven technology.

“Among the most flexible high-performance machines available in today’s market, the NIS machine substantially reduces energy consumption and ensures extremely accurate control of the glass-forming process, thereby improving both efficiency and capacity.”