US glass producer withstands hurricane


Vesuvius continues business as usual despite the fury of Hurricane Florence.

The glass producer was hit by Hurricane Florence on 14th September in Dillon, South Carolina. The storm caused enormous flooding and knocked out power supplies.

Marcus Bancroft, Sales Manager – Americas, said: “Fortunately, we had plenty of warning that the storm was coming, so our team did everything we could in the preceding days to accelerate deliveries and minimise any disruption to our customers.” 

Many local roads, including the main Interstate I-95, were impassable and numerous bridges were washed away.

“We are pleased to report that all our employees are safely accounted for, our factory is undamaged, production has already restarted, and we expect no significant disruption to our deliveries provided the trucking companies are also able to resume service.”

Vesuvius is a producer of fused silica glass tempering rolls, which is used in the production of flat and curved safety glass. 80 employees produce a wide variety of fused silica products for use in glass fabricating, metallurgical and other industries.

“We know how critical our products are to client operations, and we want to provide reassurance that the excellent service and quality for which Vesuvius is renowned, will continue.”

Xpar Vision and FAMA sign supply agreement


Xpar Vision has signed a strategic supply agreement with Mexico’s FAMA (Fabricacion de Maquinas) group.

FAMA will integrate Xpar Vision’s products into its newly introduced IS machines and sell them to their market. Within the scope of supply are Xpar Vision’s Infrared Dual camera system (IR-D), Infrared Gob weight Control system (IGC), Gob Assist (GA) and Blank side Temperature Control system (BTC).

Fama’s President Mr. Juan Farias said: “We have many reliable actuators in our portfolio, that can be used to control the forming process in closed loop applications. But when it comes to sensors, we are not interested in re-inventing the wheel and starting from scratch. Instead we seek strategic partnerships with companies that offer mature and reliable technology to the glass industry. 

“Our offering to market includes forming process automation up to the highest level, as we believe that it is becoming harder to retain glass forming knowledge and experience within the glass industry. This knowledge and experience we have to build in into our solutions.”

More competitive
Paul Schreuders, CEO of Xpar Vision, said: “Following co-operations with other IS machine manufacturers, this agreement with FAMA is again an appreciation of our most advanced and broad hot end sensor technology portfolio and again an important step in our efforts to optimise the container glass production process, in order to make the industry more competitive with other packaging materials.

“The more we are able to bind forces with glass manufacturers and also with peer suppliers, the more effective we will be giving glass a better position in the field of packaging materials.”

In depth training
FAMA representatives will be trained to understand the capabilities of the technologies. 

Farias said: “This in depth training is absolutely necessary, because we want to be the solution provider and not just equipment supplier.

"In depth understanding of the capabilities consequently allows us to define our path forward, with regards to integrating the Xpar Vision systems into our machines and control systems. 

“We believe that process automation is important to boost our industries performance, in terms of defects produced and efficiency, but also in terms of weight and carbon footprint reduction, as such making glass a more sustainable and competitive packaging material.”

Pictured: FAMA's Juan Farias (left) and Xpar's Paul Schreuders sign the agreement.

Programme for 4th International Glass Fiber Symposium available


The programme for the 4th International Glass Fiber Symposium has been published.

The symposium will focus on glass fibre technology and take place on 29th – 31st October at Aachen University, Germany. The Industry Research Groups (IRG) will provide a platform for collaborative research at the Institute of Texile Technology (ITA).

The first meeting will take place from 1-5pm and include an open discussion on the IRG, followed by a registration and a welcome reception. The event is free of charge. A variety of research topics will be discussed and the attendees can choose the final topic. 

After the meeting the IRG will provide a contract for cooperation, which can be signed by interested parties. If the chosen topic is not of interest to a company, it will not have to commit to the IRG and will have the option to leave without any financial loss.

The next day will take place from 9am-7pm, opening with a welcome ceremony and focuing on glass composition and melt technology, as well as glass fibre technology. Speakers will include Matthias Georsich from Linde Gas and Prof Dr Reinhard Conrad from GHI.

On the last day, which will begin at 9am, keynote speakers will include Dr Thomas Gries and Bond Laminates. The focus will be on glass fibre sizings and surface modifications, as well as glass fibre reinforced composites. It will finish with a closing ceremony at 5pm.

The IRG is a consortium of industry representatives participating in a joint research project, which the ITA will study over the course of one to three years. The consortium will decide on the direction of the desired research and gain access to exclusive research results. The delegates of the event will decide the research that will be conducted. 

The IRG is open to topic suggestions before 6th October.

Pictured: RWTH Aachen University, Super C

Ardagh Glass launches forming Development Machine


Ardagh Glass has launched a Development Machine which it said allows brands to unveil new or redesigned products in glass packaging much faster than ever before. 

The machine is located in its Port Allegany, Penn., plant and is a flexible forming system capable of quick changes, which has contributed to a 30% reduction in new product lead times. 

Ardagh said the technology is available to customers globally and can simulate nearly every manufacturing condition to make glass bottles and jars of all shapes and sizes.

It also incorporates the latest design features such as unique textures and embossing. 

Ardagh Group’s overall Vision4Glassapproach includes a team of in-house designers that collaborate with customers in early design phases to create conceptual designs, technical drawings, 3D renderings and prototype models. 

The addition of the Development Machine to this process makes it seamless for brand owners to create custom bottle designs, launch new products, or unveil limited edition releases. 

“Ardagh Group continues to focus on innovation and this flexible facility enables our customers to achieve real reductions in the time taken to get their products to market,” said Alex Robertson, Chief Commercial Officer of Ardagh Group’s North American Glass division. 

SGT President hails annual conference


Society of Glass President Bill Brookes hailed an ‘eclectic and interesting’  successful annual conference.

Approximately 100 people attended the three-day event which took place in Cambridge, UK earlier this month.

The second day’s Industry session was devoted to energy and how it is delivered to and used by glassmakers.

The session contained 12 presentations which included two keynote papers: one from Richard Hulme and Rob Ireson of the Glass Futures organisation and one from FIC UK’s Stuart Hakes.

Other speakers were carmaker Volvo, Eutotherm, two papers from GTS, Renewable UK, the Solar Trade Association, the National Nuclear Laboratory, RWTH Aachen, Nuclear AMRC and Stara Glass. 

Mr Brookes said: “It was a very interesting day and an eclectic mix of speakers and an eclectic mix of topics. I think from the comments that were made, during the networking that the people who came were very pleased and they learned a lot about the glass industry.”

Plans are already in place for next year’s Industry session, which will focus on raw materials in glassmaking.

It will take place between September 1-5 2019, at Murray Edward College, Cambridge, UK

Zignago Vetro chooses SIL system


Vertech has installed its SIL system in its 29th country.

Italian glassmaker Zignago Vetro installed the Manufacturing Execution System at its Garwolin, Poland plant.

The system has been installed on the plant’s three lines, producing both food and cosmetic containers.

Zignago Vetro has shown its confidence in Vertech’, which has already equipped its Portogruaro and Empoli plants in Italy and the Vieux-Rouen plant in France.

This first installation in Poland means that SIL is now installed in 29 countries across the world.

Horn Glass hosts its third technology seminar in Beijing


Horn Glass hosted its third technology seminar at Hotel Kunlun in Beijing, China.

50 delegates from the container glass industry attended the one-day seminar ‘Electric Boosting used in Glass Melting Furnaces’. Presenters from Horn included Ulrich Imhof, Executive Director, Roland Haberkorn, Chief of the Electrical Department and Joachim Gesslein, Glass Conditioning Specialist. 

Maximilian Sollfrank, President of Foreign Units and Mr Imhof opened the seminar with a welcome speech.

An introductory lecture followed about the current developments at Horn. This included the expansion of the new department ‘Glass plant technology’ and the equipment supplier's current management. 

The first two presentations focused on increasing specific melting performance and improving the flexibility of fossil heated glass furnaces through the use of electrical boosting systems. 

Mr Imhof introduced numerous applications supported by mathematical modelling. Mr Haberkom explained the installations, equipment and operation of the systems as well as the measures for maintenance. 

The final presentation focussed on the application of boosting systems at forehearths in order to improve thermal homogeneity and various systems for full electric heating.

To ensure its customers feel welcome and appreciated, Horn Glass Technology in Beijing organised a spectacular dinner in a Mongolian restaurant, which included live music and dancers. There was a traditional grand ceremony, which was then followed by a dish of roasted lamb. 

The event was well received and Horn is keen to host a fourth seminar.  

Anchor Glass appoints Operations executive


Anchor Glass has appointed Arlo Sims as Executive Vice President of Operations.

Mr Sims has a B.S. in Product Design Engineering and a Master of Science in Management. He has joined Anchor Glass after several years as operations leader for automotive and packaging companies. 

Mr Sims and his family will relocate to Tampa.

Nipesh Shah, Anchior Glass CEO, said: “Arlo is an accomplished leader with proficiency in implementing systems like the Toyota Production System. 

“He has a track record of building operational capabilities and delivering value for key stakeholders through step change improvement in safety, delighting customers through flawless service and improving operational efficiencies.”

Glass Focus line-up announced


British Glass is set to host its annual Glass Focus event on 22 November 2018 at Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery.

The event features an afternoon information session for delegates, followed by an awards dinner celebrating excellence and innovation in the industry. 

The theme of this year’s event is Driving manufacturing productivity with digital technology and will welcome keynote speakers Professor Graham Hillier, Strategy and Futures Director at the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) and Chris Sorsby of Glass Technology Services

Graham will also join a panel of industry experts including Industrial CTO, Siemens PLC Alan Norbury and British Glass Chief Executive Dave Dalton. 

Dave said: “Glass Focus is great opportunity to meet fellow delegates from across the glass industry to demonstrate what we can all do and look to the future of our industry.

"The awards showcase the innovation and excellence in glass that underpin our industry’s contribution to the economy, to society and to our customers, staff and stakeholders.

"The afternoon session will provide informative talks from industry experts to discuss the use of digital technologies in glass manufacture.”  

The registration fee for Glass Focus 2018 is £150 per person for British Glass members and £200 for non-members, which is fully inclusive of the afternoon session, evening gala dinner and awards. 

The awards themselves are free to enter and there are six award categories: Design of the year, Innovative solution, Health and safety in action, Sustainable practice, Apprentice of the year and Strengthening business through people. 

Glass manufacturer will keep reinvesting in LiSEC solutions


System 3 will continue to reinvest in LiSEC solutions. 

The glass manufacturer will continue to reinvest in production lines and processing machines from LiSEC. It is hoping to double the size of its factory.

Alan Brown, owner of System 3, said: “Our LiSEC IG lines just won’t stop running, so why should we replace them? We rely on them.

“As I said before, we have big future plans and LiSEC will play an essential role in them – they offer every kind of solution needed in the glass industry.

“We want to expand our machinery park with new machines or replace less satisfying machines from other suppliers.

“That is our key to success: Reinvestment – always keep reinvesting!”

Its LiSEC sealing robot VFL-1D has sealed four million IG-units. It was installed in 1999 and operates in two shifts. After 19 years, the owners are thinking of replacing it with another line from LiSEC.

It also bought an automatic saw from LiSEC in 1988. It was the first company to use an automatic saw in the area. While other companies worked manually, it was much faster. All the following machines were built around the saw, which is still in operation. 

Mr Brown said: “Service is king. If there is a breakdown we have to react immediately.

“Our customers don’t want to wait, and neither do we.

“LiSEC offers us with 24 hours non-stop service we need and we always have support from the Austrian Headquarters.

“Moreover, LiSEC listens to our needs; we can discuss them frankly and in detail and they respond with suitable solutions.”

During the last two years, System 3 bought two KSR edge-grinding machines. One of them replaced a KSL machine, which had been in operation since 1995.

Colin Bickley, Managing Director at LiSEC UK adds: “When it comes to our relationship with System 3, it was most important to invest in Service.

“We’ve improved our Service quality and responding time significantly in the last few years – this was an important factor to continue our cooperation with System 3.”

In the last few years, System 3 has restructured its business: In 2008 the allocation was 95% domestic and 5% commercial, now it is 60% commercial and 40% domestic. 

Şişecam plans fourth furnace at Mersin glassmaking plant


Turkish glassmaker Şişecam is to invest $18.2 million in a fourth furnace at its Mersin plant.

The new furnace will have an annual production capacity of 80,000 tons per year and will increase Sisecam’s annual Turkish glass production capacity to 1.3 million tonnes.

Şişecam Group Vice Chairman and CEO Prof. Ahmet Kırman, said: “Our group is continuously modernising its existing facilities in light of technological developments. 

"We will continue to produce with the latest technology at the fourth furnace to be constructed at the Mersin Glass Packaging Plant. We will equip the furnace in accordance with the Industry 4.0 strategy.”

Last month, the group's fourth furnace at its Eskişehir Glass Packaging Plant in Turkey became operational after a $66 million investment.

Thermocouple producer appoints sales representative for Poland and Thailand


German thermocouple producer Reckmann has appointed Glass Technology & Ceramics (GTC) as its sales representative for Poland and Thailand.

The new partnership means customers in Thailand and Poland now have a direct support service for all thermocouple requests and requirements for furnaces.

Its products include thermocouple types S, R and B, as well as platinum thimbles, sheathed thermocouple assemblies and resistance thermometers as well as all necessary accessories such as cables.

Reckmann has produced temperature sensors in Germany since 1970 and is specialised in the production of high quality thermocouples for the glass industry.

GTC was founded in 2015 and specialises in technical and commercial support to container glass manufacturers and purchasing assistance for the glass and ceramic industry.

It also offers IS machine operation and maintenance training.

Pictured (from left to right): Adam Omieczynski, Stefan Ribjitzki,  Dr Rainer Hauk and Manuela Montefalcone

Pavisa forms French subsidiary


Mexican container glassmaker Pavisa has set up a French subsidiary.

It said Pavisa France would better address the European market’s needs.

Pavisa has dealt with premium glassmaking for 66 years and is one of only a few global glassmaker’s to use three glassmaking processes: automatic, semi-mechanised and manual. 

That allows it to address all the needs of the premium perfume and spirits brands.

The formation of the new subsidiary was decided because the European market is one of the most dynamic market and premium complex projects, which requires proximity with development and purchasing local teams.

It will be managed by Pavisa France President, Arturo Franco (pictured). 

O-I appoints Reckmann as majority thermocouples supplier


Global glass container manufacturer O-I has appointed Reckmann as its majority thermocouple supplier.

Reckmann will supply its thermocouples to all O-I plants except for those in North America.

Reckmann was founded in 1970 and has 190 staff today at its Hagen, Germany plant.

Its product range includes thermocouples type S,R, B - also with platinum thimbles, sheathed thermocouple assemblies and resistance thermometers as well as all necessary accessories such as cables for example.

Stefan Ribjitzki, General Manager (pictured), said: “We have aspecialised for many years in the manufacturing of thermocouples for the glass industry (forehearths/feeder/stack/crown) and this cooperation is a huge step within our international direction.”

Reckmann’s export rate of the company has increased rapidly and it has a steadily growing market position by finding new international representatives. 

Qatar plans 200tpd container plant


Qatar Industrial Manufacturing Company (QIMC) plans to set up the first glass container manufacturing unit in the country at an estimated cost of QR230 million ($63.16 million), said a report.

QIMC has signed an agreement with Germany's GlassGlobal, a consulting firm specialised in providing technical and advisory services to the glass industry worldwide, in this regard.

The design capacity of the project is 200 tonnes per day and it utilises local sand as the main raw material and will need natural gas to melt sand and other raw materials, added the Gulf Timesreport.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed recently on the sidelines of the Qatar German Business and Investment Forum by QIMC chief executive Abdul Rahman Abdullah al-Ansari and GlassGlobal counterpart Andre Ommer.

The agreement aims to establish a general framework for technical co-operation between the two companies to complete the evaluation of the feasibility of a project to produce glass containers in Qatar.

It will also provide technical advice to the project through reviewing and evaluating the technical offers from the equipment suppliers and then participate in supervising the implementation of the project though out commissioning and start-up, it said.

The project has already obtained preliminary approvals and necessary official licences and currently work is being done to obtain the final approvals required for its implementation.

The project is the result of co-operation between QIMC and the Gulf Glass Factory Company, which includes number of Qatari and foreign investors and businessmen.

The proposed project aims to produce glass bottles and various containers used in the packaging of food products (oils, pickles, jams, honey) and beverages (drinking water, soft drinks, juices and dairy), added the report.

The project, the first of its kind in Qatar, will meet the needs of the ongoing growth and development through the provision of glass containers to a number of downstream projects, especially food industries, besides supporting the national economy by exporting its products to the world markets.

The project will provide jobs for about 140 staff from various disciplines.

O-I launches Expressions digital glass printing


Owens-Illinois (O-I) has launched an invention to transform glass bottles using digital printing.

O-I: Expressions will enable brands to create highly personalised and customised glass packaging at flexible volume, industrial speeds, and affordable value.

The world’s largest container glass manufacturer said the new launch will provide an unprecedented range of colour and design possibilities, compared to traditional decoration solutions.

Brands will be better equipped to respond to growing consumer demand for personalised and 'made for me' products. Brands will quickly and nimbly be able to develop packaging to support short campaigns, such as seasonal promotions or limited/special editions to mark major events. 

O-I: Expressions is also sustainable. It uses organic inks, not impacting the recyclability of glass and it helps reduce waste through lower inventories.  

The Expressions services are planned to be  commercially available by mid-2019 in Europe and shortly after in the US. In the meantime, O-I is already available to initiate projects and discuss collaborations.

Vitaliano Torno, President of O-I Europe said: "Europe accounts for 24% of the global personalised packaging market and at the same time Europe is a core market for O-I, so it is fitting that the first step of our journey will take place here. 

“We see the desire for individual retailers to provide unique promotions gaining momentum and brands are increasingly using personalised promotions to differentiate themselves. To execute these types of programmes requires fast design and approval cycles with prompt execution. O-I: Expressions makes all of this possible."

The Technology

In 2014 O-I invested in a small-scale digital printing equipment to develop the foundations for the O-I : Expressions services and validate them with the market. 

To bring this new service to market at an industrial scale, O-I is making an initial investment in two direct2glass digital printing industrial lines, enabling contactless direct printing, through a Drop-on-Demand process, which only generates an ink drop when it is required for printing.

The use of UV inks enables fast and reliable curing, while the CMYK model opens the door to the spectrum of Pantone hues.

Gerresheimer appoints CEO


Gerresheimer has appointed a new CEO.

Dietmar Siemssen, 55, will join the company’s management board from November 1, 2018.

Mr  Siemssen was CEO of Stabilus between 2011 and July 2018 and prior to that served for 19 years in various senior management positions at Continental in Germany and abroad, including in Asia. 

“By bringing Dietmar Siemssen on board, we have gained a seasoned manager with international experience to lead Gerresheimer for some time to come.

"He was instrumental in growing Stabilus’ business as well as successfully taking the company public and completing a major acquisition. I am confident that, under his leadership, Gerresheimer will continue on its current growth trajectory and effectively execute the strategic expansion plans underway,” said Dr. Axel Herberg, Chairman of Gerresheimer's Supervisory Board. 

SmartMelter introduces videos for furnace health management


Paneratech has released a website which explains its Smartmelter furnace health concept in more detail.

After listening to prospects and customers for more than a year, the new website addresses the most pressing questions in video and print, with detailed images of 3-D reporting in XSight software.

Since the release of SmartMelter Monitoring in 2017, the company found that the glass industry was excited yet full of questions.

People wanted to know how the technology works, but they were also unclear about the business model. Is this a product or a service? Would they have to purchase equipment? What do the reporting results look like?

PaneraTech listened to these questions, and developed content that explains the SmartMelter Monitoring Programme in detail.

The new content also addresses the various applications of SmartMelter technology for different types of furnaces at various stages of campaign life.

PaneraTech began to study the various inquiries they receive, and found that most fall into one of three categories: managing risk on a critical stage furnace, planning maintenance schedules and budgets, and making data-driven decisions, such as whether a furnace is a good match for a certain product mix. 

Various staff members stepped in front of the camera to talk about each of these applications in a new set of videos.

“Our entire team was involved in this project to make sure were delivering a high-quality presentation to customers that leaves them satisfied with the information they received,” said Yakup, Bayram, CEO of PaneraTech. 

“Most of our staff is more comfortable in a factory than a recording studio, but we enjoyed the opportunity to speak directly to our visitors about what we do.”

The new website can be viewed at

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Thai Malaya Glass inaugurates SB5 Saraburi furnace


Thai Malaya Glass has inaugurated the SB5 melting furnace at its Saraburi plant, Thailand.

The new furnace will expand the group's production capacity by 400tpd container glass in emerald green and flint.

Sorg supplied a regenerative gas-heated end-fired furnace, including a control system and all the peripheral equipment for the new production plant. 

The furnace is equipped with a melting booster to increase the melting capacity and flexibility.

The melting plant also comprises two IRD Doghouses and two EME-NEND S2 screw chargers. The four production lines are connected to the furnace via one Sorg STW working end and four Sorg forehearths.  

Sorg said: “Once again, Sorg is proud to supply our longtime customer with a highly efficient melting plant based on the latest Sorg technology. We wish Thai Malaya Glass every success with the SB5 furnace.”

Pictured: Participants from Thai Malaya Glass (from left to right): Ms. Nongnuch Payonitikarn, Messrs. Somporn Nasuphan, Boonsak Stitmannaitham, Pattaphong Iamsuro, Vichien Rungwattanakit, Akrapon Aroonrerk, with Sorg's Mr Harald Zenker, who handed the company an inauguration gift.

Verallia produces bottles and jars for Made In France movement


Verallia has produced liquor bottles and gherkin jars for the Made In France movement.

Liquor bottles 

The new bottle was designed in collaboration with Verallia for the aniseed aperitifs market.  

José Garcia, Sales Director of Verrerie d’Albi (VOA), a subsidiary of Verallia, said: “Like its contents, the bottle has taken off to the fields. 

“To convey this idea of final product freshness, work was done on colour identification.

“In the end, tank-coloured green glass was chosen.”

The packaging will contain a new recipe for the first time. It will consist of Pastis de Marseille made with aniseed from fresh plants and grown by local producers in the Haute-Provence region.

The bottle has a rectangular base, aerodynamic silhouette and round shoulders with the brand logo engraved on the two side cartridges.

The green bottles were first launched at VOA in Tarn in January 2017. Since then, two Verallia plants in France have supported the development of this bottle. 

Gherkin jars 

Verallia is supplying a variety of jars to Reitzel Briand and its brand Le Jardin d’Orante.

The glass manufacturer is supporting the revival of the gherkin sector for the Made In France movement. It is the sole supplier of the 425ml format.

Its French gherkins are the only ones available in supermarkets and hypermarkets.

Reitzel Briand aims to ensure that gherkins are grown, harvested, prepared and packed in France with French ingredients and packaging.


China’s national planner halts flat glass capacity expansion


Authorities have called for efforts to prevent new capacity being added in China’s flat glass and cement industries.

Following efforts to cut capacity, the two sectors have improved their profitability, which prompted certain regions to expand their capacity, according to a notice by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the National Development and Reform Commission, Chinese news agency Xinhua reports.

The notice bans any approvals of new construction projects as the oversupply situation in the two industries remained ‘grim’.

Environmental approvals as well as credit support should also be halted, while projects of capacity replacement should strictly follow local plans, according to the notice.

For years, many industries in China, including steel, cement, aluminum, flat glass, and coal, have been running at overcapacity.

Related businesses in land supplies, environmental approvals as well as credit support should also be halted, while projects of capacity replacement should strictly follow local plans, according to the notice.

The move is the latest sign of the government's determination to regulate overcapacity after its efforts to cut capacity in recent years helped support economic growth.

Glaston receives US tempering order


Glaston has received an order for the new CBRC Series flat tempering line to one of the largest window and door manufacturers in the USA. 

As an addition to Glaston’s RC Series, the new CBRC Series tempering machine is advanced technology of Glaston’s renowned CBHF (Continuous Batch Horizontal Furnace) tempering furnace model and can be operated both in continuous and batch mode. 

This enables customers with high capacity needs to flexibly produce high quality glasses from 3mm up to 19mm with the same machine.

The new tempering line will be manufactured in Tampere, Finland and delivered in December.

 “The new machine type continues our strong CBHF machinery tradition providing customers an excellent line for complex production with highest quality and capacity. 

The continuous/batch concept gives us a competitive edge in the markets as a technology leader”, said Scott Steffy, VP Sales & Service, North America.

Energy the theme at SGT annual meeting


Energy and its use in glassmaking will be the theme of the SGT annual conference next month.

Speakers from companies such as Volvo, British Glass and Renewable UK will provide presentations in its Industry session.

Other speakers include Chris Sorsby, Commercial Director of GTS, Reinhard Conradt, of RWTH Aachen, who will discuss the Impact of the choice of raw materials on energy consumption and production efficiency, and Rob Ireson of Glass Technology Services (GTS).

SGT President Bill Brookes will provide a welcome speech, while SGT President Designate, Stuart Hakes, of FIC UK, will discuss the Use of Electricity in Glass Melting.

The full programme is here.

The SGT conference takes place between Monday September 3 and Wednesday September 5 and is also focused on Science and History and Heritage. 

The event takes place at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, UK.

La Opala Vice Chairman wins first CK Somany glassmaking award


The first C K Somany Award for Innovation and Technology in glassmaking has been given to Mr. Sushil Jhunjhunwala, Vice Chairman of La Opala.

The jury acknowledged his valuable contribution in the fields of technology, manufacturing, innovation, services and education.

Members of the Jhunjhunwala family have been actively involved in the Indian glass industry for more than eight decades, while Mr. Jhunjhunwala has personally served the industry for 50 years.

In addition to being a key personality at La Opala, a specialist Indian producer of opal and lead crystal tableware, Mr. Jhunjhunwala has served as President of the AIGMF and the Eastern India Glass Manufacturers’ Association (EIGMA).

“La Opala has always been very active in the field of innovation and every year the company is honoured to receive prestigious awards,” he said.

“However, to personally be the first winner of the C K Somany Glass Award is extra special for me. Mr. Somany was like my guardian and was such a warm person.

"He was the Indian glass industry’s figurehead and was always very open to offering technical assistance and advice. He is greatly missed.” 

 The C K Somany Glass Award was conceived to recognise the exceptional contribution to the Indian glass industry made over many decades by Mr. Somany of HNG.

"He passed away in May 2017 having headed India’s principal glass manufacturing group for more than 60 years."

The ceremony took place during the AGM of the All India Glass Manufacturers’ Federation (AIGMF) in Delhi recently.

The AIGMF also awarded Piramal Glass the Balkrishna Gupta Award for its contribution to glass exports.

Mr. Sanjay Jain of Piramal Glass said: “On behalf of Piramal Glass, we would like to thank the jury of AIGMF for selecting us for the Balkrishna Gupta Award of the year 2017-18. The award is prestigious and Piramal Glass appreciates AIGMF’s acknowledgement of its performance.”

Raj Kumar Mittal of Mittal Ceramics, Firozabad was also nominated as the new President of the AIGMF.

Pictured: Mr Sushil Jhunjhunwala, left, with Mr Sanjay Jain, right.

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Vitro Glass launches jumbo coater at open house in Texas


Vitro Architectural Glass introduced its jumbo coater at an open house attended by Vitro executives, customers and employees, and government officials from Wichita Falls and the state of Texas.

Bill Haley, Wichita Falls plant manager, said: “The trend in buildings today is large, expansive glass – with some panels over 12 feet tall – that is also energy efficient.

“Vitro can now meet architects’ growing demand for low-e glass in sizes as large as 130 x 204 inches.

“The coater further enhances our ability to cost-efficiently produce a variety of high-performance architectural glasses that comply with more stringent building codes and meet the industry’s increasingly complex design challenges.”

The Mexican glass producer has started to produce energy-efficient glass in sizes 112.5% larger than standard size lites in the magnetron sputtered vacuum deposition (MSVD) glass coater.

Richard A. Beuke, President at Vitro Architectural Glass, said: “Vitro Glass was the first glass manufacturer to produce a triple-silver-coated product (Solarban 70XL glass) and the first to develop the quad-silver coating technology now featured in our Solarban 90glass.

“The ground-breaking manufacturing advance will allow us to more quickly introduce new development platforms for solar control low-e coatings and accelerate our ability to bring new products to market.”

The unit was constructed in 14 months and will enable Vitro Glass to produce high performing and low-emissivity (low-e) glasses. The plant’s location will provide the southern United States – the region with the highest demand for low-e glass – with convenient access to a full range of glass sizes.

The coater is 22% wider and 50% longer than the plant’s other MSVD coater, which produces standard size (96 x 130 inches) glass. The jumbo MSVD coater applies Solarban solar control low-e coatings on a variety of large-area glass substrates in standard thicknesses while providing precision colour control and aesthetics. It will produce more glass-per-energy unit than most MSVD coaters currently in operation, while increasing the plant’s annual low-e glass production by 20%.

Pictured: Jumbo Coater Open House

Saverglass’s Mexican site produces first bottles


Saverglass’s container making site in Acatlán de Juárez, near Guadalajara, Mexico has produced its first bottles.

The French glassmaker said the new site was built in 327 days and uses advanced glass and decoration technology.

It is the first glassmaking site the company has built in Mexico.

The group said the site was dedicated to the North American market and meets the development needs of its premium and luxury spirits and wine customers.

The first bottles were produced on June 10, 2018.

The company has its headquarters in Feuquieres, northern France. 

Pictured: Workers celebrate the furnace baptism

Anchor Glass mixer machine blends material for 38 years


A Rotary Glass Batcher brought on line in 1980 at Anchor Glass Conatiner Corp still mixes the ingredients that produce more than a million glass containers per day. 

It is estimated that over the past 38 years it has helped produce 14 trillion containers and 3.6 million tonnes of material.

The 1.4m3 capacity GB-50 Rotary Glass Batcher supports the flint glass line that produces bottles and jars made of clear sodium silicate glass at Anchor’s Elmira, New York facility.

Anchor Glass is headquartered in Tampa, Florida and operates production facilities in New York, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota and Oklahoma, as well as a mould manufacturing plant in Ohio. It manufactures glass bottles and jars for the food and beverage industry. 

"Glass containers have been manufactured at the Elmira, New York location since 1912 when Thatcher Glass Manufacturing operated the factory," says Michael Gesek, Engineering Services Manager, who has been with the company for 24 years.  "The location has two furnaces, one for amber glass and one for flint glass –– the industry term for clear glass," he explains.         

The Rotary Glass Batcher (pictured) was manufactured by Munson Machinery Company and installed on a new glass production line, and was rebuilt in 2011.

It consists of a horizontal vessel that rotates on external trunnion rings at both ends, eliminating internal shafts or bearings that would be unable to withstand constant contact with highly abrasive materials. 

Internal vanes, or 'flights', create a four-way tumble-turn-cut-fold mixing action as the drum rotates. 

"The action of the internal mixing flights is critical for mixing efficiency and blending of ingredients rapidly and thoroughly,” Mr. Gesek says.

Ingredients are loaded through a stationary inlet at one end of the machine, and discharged through a stationary outlet at the opposite end. When the discharge plug gate valve is opened, the flights also serve to lift the material toward and through the discharge port. 

The drum rotates until discharge is complete, preventing separation or stratification of ingredients having disparate sizes, shapes and bulk densities. 

“One hundred percent discharge means no carryover from one batch to the next," Mr. Gesek says, "and we've been very happy with that."

The mixer keeps rotating while the ingredients are loaded and discharged, which Mr. Gesek says is an advantage. 

“We like that it doesn’t stop between batches. We run five or six batches – 45 minutes to an hour – then shut off for half an hour, depending on production requirements. If we had to stop the mixer between batches, much more power would be required.”

Glass Service appoints Dr. Manoj Choudhary as senior advisor


Czech company Glass Service has appointed Dr. Manoj Choudhary as Senior Advisor for Strategic Affairs to its Board of Directors.

Dr. Choudhary’s professional interests include the development of materials processes and products through the application of engineering fundamentals, physics, chemistry, materials science, and advanced computational approaches. 

He worked at Owens Corning’s Science and Technology Center in Granville, Ohio, USA, between September 1982 and March 2018 and was a member of its Senior Technical Staff. 

He laid the foundations for advanced computational fluid dynamics (CFD) based simulation of several key materials processes at Owens Corning (OC), including glass melting and polymeric foam extrusion. 

His contributions were at the core of some of the most significant glass and polymer process technology and product developments in OC during the past 35 years. He authored more than 60 technical reports at OC, published 57 papers and holds 10 current and pending patents. 

He is also the President of the International Commission on Glass (ICG). He obtained his Sc.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a Fellow of the British Society of Glass Technology, and a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society.

Besides the ICG, Dr. Choudhary has presided over several professional organisations including the Industry-University Center for Glass Research at Alfred University, the Glass and Optical Materials Division of the American Ceramic Society, and the Glass Manufacturing Industry Council, of which he was also a founder.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Ceramic Society and a Specially-appointed Professor of China State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Float Glass.  

Glass Service and its affiliated companies F.I.C. (UK) Limited, and FlammaTec, employ 100 people and had a consolidated turnover of €20 million in 2017.

This group of companies provides engineering services and products to the global glass industry with offices and representatives in more than 20 countries. 

Knauf Insulation to build €120 million Malaysian glass plant


Knauf Insulation is to build a €120 million plant in Malaysia to meet demand for its mineral wool insulation solutions in the Asia Pacific region. 

The plant will be located in Johor Bahru in the southern part of the country and have a capacity of 75,000 tonnes a year. The plant is scheduled to be completed in early 2020 and will create 180 jobs in Malaysia as well as a further 60 new positions across the region.

“We have seen record sales due to increasing energy costs across Asia and more stringent energy-saving building regulations in countries such as Australia, Japan and Korea,” said Stuart Dunbar, Regional General Manager for the Asia Pacific Region at Knauf Insulation. 

“This is a reflection of the growing preference our customers have for the exceptional quality, performance, ease of handling and sustainability of our solutions.”

The facility will build on this success providing a competitive edge for the company as well as advantages for customers. It will feature new technology and control equipment making it one of the most efficient and sustainable insulation plants in the Asia Pacific region. 

The plant will use up to 80% post-consumer recycled glass in the manufacturing process and feature Knauf’s high compression packaging. All products will be made using Knauf’s bio-based binder, ECOSE Technology. 

The facility will offer customers services and a wider product range for residential and non-residential buildings specifically tailored for the Asia Pacific market, as well as solutions for HVAC systems and domestic appliances such as ovens, cars and fridges. 

Shipping logistics from Malaysia will also enable Knauf to develop new distribution partnerships in South-East Asian countries and strengthen its presence in the major insulation markets of Japan, Australia, Korea, New Zealand and Singapore.

Forglass’ involvement in charitable activities


Forglass has joined Marek Kaminski’s Foundation in the quest to change the lives of teenagers, who are in difficult life situations due to chronic illness or a broken home. 

Forglass committed to fund 25 scholarships worth €60, 000, which enabled the Foundation to launch Life Plan, a developmental scholarship programme based on the Pole Method, formed by Marek Kamiński, a Polish polar explorer and traveller.

During the programme, teens formulate their goals and learn how to achieve them. They have the opportunity to build self-esteem and the attitude of a conqueror.

Participants develop new competences that allow them to make decisions, which ultimately shape their lives.

Life Plan is a continuous programme with no set timeline. Its aim is to support 100 young people per year with scholarships worth €2400 each.

Forglass. has funded the first 25 scholarships. Other sponsors, who feel that helping young people to better their lives is a worthy cause are welcome to join.

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Press Glass to build $43.5 million second plant in the US


Press Glass will build its $43.5 million second plant at the Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre in southern Virginia.  

The subsidiary of Press Glass Group has started preparatory works towards obtaining a building permit for its second plant in the US.

It will specialise in the production of glass for public and commercial buildings. The plant will gradually increase its performance and offered range, before eventually providing a full range of products.

Once it has been built, the glassworks will have two float glass production lines and its capacity will amount to almost 2,000 tonnes per day. 

The plant will be built on 17.5 hectares at the industrial park at the boarders of Virginia and North Carolina. Its expected workforce is to be about 200 people. The location is only a few kilometres away from Stoneville, where Press Glass Group’s first plant in the US and Press Glass, Inc.’s head office is.

It is expected that the building work will begin towards the end of 2018. The estimated time of the plant commissioning is at the end of 2019.  The investment will be supported by American grants. 

The decision to build the plant was made by the authorities of Virginia and Henry County, in cooperation with Martinsville Henry County Economic Development Corporation.

Dutch supplier to install gas recovery systems in Saint-Gobain facility


The industrial supplier HyGear will install gas recovery systems in Saint Gobain's Germany facility.

HyGear has signed a contract with Saint-Gobain for its Hy.REC mix, which is used to recover the gas mixtures from the tin bath in float glass production.

Niels Lanser, Director of Marketing and Sales at HyGear, said: “The installation of our Hy.REC mix technology at Porz is the result of an extensive engineering effort from both companies over the past two years.

“We started out with basic designs based on tests of spent gases in Pisa and Herzogenrath plants and tailored the design further based on small scale tests in real life situations.

“From these tests, we learned that the potential savings were tremendous.”

The 10-year-contract will see HyGear recover, upgrade and recycle between 300 to 600 Nm3 per hour of spent industrial gas mixture consisting of hydrogen and nitrogen from the float line. 

Thomas Schuster, Industrial Director at Saint-Gobain Glass Industry Germany, said: “In close cooperation with Saint-Gobain, HyGear has developed this highly interesting recycling system which gives us the opportunity to reduce our hydrogen and nitrogen consumption and therefore reduce our environmental impact as well as our costs.

“This capturing of innovations among the supply chain is completely in line with our groups sustainability programme and the groups World Class Purchasing strategy.”

By feeding the polluted gas mixture into HyGear’s Gas Recovery System, a fraction of the hydrogen and nitrogen can be recovered and reused as a new reductive gas mixture. This will improve product quality due to the increased atmosphere refreshment rate.

Pictured: HyGear Director of Sales, Niels Lanser (left), Saint-Gobain Plant Manager, Christophe Duparchy (centre) and Saint-Gobain Purchasing Manager Glass Industry Germany, Carsten Peters (right) after contract signing in Porz, Germany. 

Excelsius’s group partners to attend glasstec


Hot services specialist Excelsius Global Services is to introduce its group partners at this year’s glasstec.

Excelsius is a Lohr, Germany-based company which provides draining and heat- up services to glass furnaces. It is extending its scope to introduce other specialist services offered by its partners from within the Robur group at glasstec.

These other services include includes pump and piping installations, plant maintenance, and machinery installation and decommissioning.

Robur was founded in 2015 and is one of the top 10 industrial service providers in Germany, with 15 partner companies, 1500 colleagues and a turnover of €150 million so far in 2018. 

The group’s vision is to form a partnership among selected industrial service specialists to cater for the needs of a changing environment for industrial service companies and their clients.  

Robur members can also benefit from a shared quality vision and resources that are usually only accessible to larger entities.

The aim of introducing the group partners is to enable the pursuance of larger sized projects. This will ultimately lead to an increased global presence without the loss of high standards and, more importantly, personal relationships already established with customers.

Daniel Beringer, the Founder and Managing Partner of Robur, will attend the glasstec stand to unveil a new corporate identity for Excelsius and the whole group, alongside Frank Schwarzenau, Excelsius Manging Director. 

He will also hand over the Robur Roosh as a symbol of the group, the partnership and the dedication to the Robur quality and safety of service.

Meet Excelsius and its partners at glasstec in Hall 15, Stand E5.

Pictured: Frank Schwarzenau and Daniel Beringer at a recent partner meeting on Chiemsee in Germany

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Iris’s Evolution NEO is the next generation of smart inspection


Iris Inspection machines is to launch its Evolution NEO machine at glasstec.

The company said it brings the Evolution equipment into a new era of smart machines and provides better productivity results.

The Lyon-based group said its specialist engineers had spent more than six man years of work had resulted in Evolution Neo, which will be at the exhibition in Düsseldorf, Germany this October (Hall 14, Stand No C22).

The methodology adopted embraces defect identification, as well as the creation of statistics by defect type. Local trend analyses are produced on the machine, with information presented in a user-friendly format.

The equipment delivers valuable features that help glass container producers to save time during the manufacturing process.

The company said an important advantage when compared to conventional automated inspection machines is the Evolution NEO’s ability to take advantage of repeat settings, whereby a library of alternatives is created for the initiation of faster, more precise and repeatable adjustments. 

Every setting has been designed to be handled by the machine itself, making the equipment less dependent on the involvement of human operators. 

Evolution NEO can recognise the article and its exact shape, automatically drawing the inspection zone. This simplifies job changes for the operator and reduces the human error factor significantly.

The equipment has advanced statistical tools and allows operators to follow defect rejection rates, while also bringing their immediate attention to the most significant information analysed by the machine. 

It can be accessed via a laptop, smartphone or tablet and this approach also provides managers with an overview of ware quality and productivity. 

In addition, within its statistical tools, Evolution NEO integrates a set of different data, including time, mould number, images etc.

The dashboard permits different analysis levels to be presented, either in the form of a quick overview or deeper analysis. In particular, alerts can be accessed remotely.

Reduced dependence on human intervention was a key goal for this development, alongside a desire to provide better productivity results, while bringing the smart factory concept much closer to reality. 

The latest Iris software release improves the inter-operability between Evolution NEO machines and hot end equipment, with the ability to share defect characteristics and defect images in real-time, alerting IS machine operators to instances of critical defect detection. 

An Evolution NEO machine has been installed and tested for several months at a glass container plant in Europe, with promising results achieved. 

Bucher Emhart Glass to enhance inspection technologies


The supplier Bucher Emhart Glass will introduce feature enhancements to its inspection technologies.

Its four enhancements will improve inspection capabilities for containers with push-ups, heel mould codes, multiple finish types and container bottoms with heavy embossing’s.

Mike Rentschler, Product Manager of Inline Inspection at Bucher Emhart Glass, said: “We’re delighted to announce these additions to our inspection technology. 

“Taken together, they represent a big step forward in terms of inspecting containers with the modern design features that brand owners naturally want to apply in their glass-packaging.

“They also make life easier for operators by reducing the work involved in setup, job change and monitoring.

“For glass producers, the result will be better pack-to-melt ratios, improved efficiency and quality they can rely on.”

An automatic push-up masking for the company’s Scout software will automatically and dynamically mask the push-up area of the base for improved sidewall inspection. This will give the maximum possible inspection coverage for every individual container, with a one-click setup for simple operation. 

The Universal Vision Mould Number Reader (U-VMNR) will accurately read heel dot codes on a wide variety of containers and provide correlation between defectives and the moulds that produced them. This new design will be easy to set up, able to handle container diameters of up to 100mm and require no job change parts. 

A line scan finish inspection will use additional lighting and improved lensing to achieve better image quality and defect detection, regardless of type or diameter finish.

The automatic base-masking feature will use intelligent learning algorithms to automatically locate heavily embossed features on the base of bottles and allow the base with engraved features to be inspected with the same sensitivity and accuracy as a container with no engravings. 

The feature enhancements will be available on specific FleXinspect and Veritas machines, which run Scout, and field upgrades will also be possible.

German glassmaker to sell its luminaires business


The glassmaker Osram has initiated the sale of its Lighting Solutions (LS) in Munich, Germany.

The management board has decided to divest its LS business unit to focus on high-growth future markets.

Olaf Berlien, CEO of Osram Licht, said: “Thanks to numerous measures, the earnings position of the LS business unit has stabilised significantly, therefore allowing us to initiate an organised sales process.

“This will result in a more strategic focus with regards to applications with high growth potential.”

Talks will be held with interested parties about the sale of the LS. The management board will provide an update on the progress of strategic plans for the company at the Capital Markets Day in November.

As part of its strategic realignment, Osram is refining its positioning with an increased focus on growth markets in high-tech fields. 

Vitro Architectural Glass to launch jumbo coated glass


Vitro Architectural Glass prepares to introduce Coater 7, a jumbo glass coater.

The North American glass producer will present the glass coating technology at an open-house event on August 16th at Wichita Falls Glass Plant in Texas.

Vitro’s new magnetron sputtered vacuum deposition (MSVD) coater will enable the company to produce larger coated glass sizes. It will also facilitate accelerated development of future coatings and create new platforms and paradigms for glass coating innovation. 

This new technology enables architects to design more ambitiously; glass fabricators to better fulfil demands and buildings to operate more sustainably 

The event will take place from 9.30am to 1pm. 

Beatson Clark tackles food waste with smaller bottle


Beatson Clark has manufactured a smaller bottle for M&S after research found consumers threw too much of the contents away.

Research for UK store M&S found customers thought the existing salad dressing bottle was too big. As a result they often threw away the unfinished product when they felt it had passed its use-by date, creating unnecessary waste.

They also wanted a bottle that would look attractive on the dinner table and offer greater control when pouring.

The bespoke, embossed 275ml dressing bottle was too large and the neck too wide, making it difficult to control the pour and portion control of some of the salad dressings.

Research group English Provender Company (EPC) and M&S asked the UK glass manufacturer's in-house design team to create a bottle which would respond to this customer feedback while also taking into account technical considerations such as line constraints and fill speeds. 

The resulting 235ml container is a smaller artisan bottle with a narrower neck, which allows consumers to control the flow of dressing more easily. 

“Our new dressing bottle looks small but substantial and was designed following extensive testing to make sure it fits into the average fridge door more easily than its predecessor, as well as being easier to pour from,” said Kevin Vyse, Lead Packaging Technologist at M&S.

“With its minimalist and simple design the new bottle looks very different to anything else on the market at present.

"The clear glass, which contains on average 30% recycled material, lets the consumer see the product within and gives the quality feel we were looking for.”

Fuchs acquires VDV Lubricants


The Fuchs group has acquired Belgian glass container supplier VDV Lubricants.

Fuchs said the acquisition brings additional specialist technology for the glass container manufacturing industry and follows its acquisition of Batoyle Freedom Group in 2014.

The VDV lubricant portfolio will form part of the current Fuchs Lubritech glass lubricants range. It will be incorporated into the Technical Centre of Excellence for glass industry lubricants located at Fuchs in the UK and be managed as part of the Fuchs Lubritech specialist division in the UK.

The centre is a hub for product development, technical support service and the development and control of quality assurance, manufacturing systems and procedures associated with Fuchs Lubritech’s glass products.

The Managing Director of VDV Lubricants, Francois Breye, will join the Fuchs Lubritech glass division as business development VP for Western Europe.

Richard Rogers, Head of Fuchs UK Specialities Division said: “The successful execution of the company's strategy continues to place Fuchs in a strong position. The acquisition of VDV has enhanced our product offering and capabilities, growing our market leading position in the glass industry sector.”

VDV Lubricants was established in 1988 and produces hot end lubricants with a focus on the future of mould swabbing through the development of its range of automatic swabbing machine lubricants.

The Fuchs Group was founded in 1931 in Mannheim, Germany and is a global corporation with a turnover in excess of €2billion and more than 5,000 employees around the globe.

Neuburg plant celebrates 50th anniversary


Verallia celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Neuburg plant in Bavaria, Germany.

The glass producer organised an Open Day for its employees, family and friends on July 14th

Several hundred visitors participated in guided tours of the plant and its two furnaces. The last furnace was renovated in 2015 to modernize the cold end, in which bottles are inspected. 

A master glassmaker demonstrated his practices and a revealed a sculpture of the number 50, produced by the plant’s apprentices, at the site entrance.

The Neuburg plant produces jars of flint for baby food, delicacies, dairy products, fruit and vegetables, as well as bottles for milk and juice.  

The site abides by Verallia’s circular economy principles, which are core to the company’s industrial model. The energy consumed by the plant is recovered to heat some of the buildings of the community or neighbouring companies, which reduces its carbon footprint.

Glass Dynamics changes its name to Press Glass


US processor Glass Dynamics has changed its company name to Press Glass.

Press Glass SA announced that the subsidiary Glass Dynamics Inc has changed its company name to Press Glass Inc. 

The name change unites the Press Glass corporate name with all the capital group’s business activities in the USA.

The web address dedicated to its USA market will be This website, other communication channels and visual aspects of Press Glass will continue to evolve consistently during the rebranding process. 

Press Glass will increase its operations in the USA market, including North America.

Vitro Architectural Glass restarts production at its Carlisle plant


Vitro Architectural Glass has restarted production at Line 1 at its Carlisle, Pennsylvania plant.

The company experienced a glass leak on August 17th in 2017, resulting in a complete cold repair of the line. 

Tom Abbas, Carlisle Plant Manager, said: “The entire Carlisle team is thankful for the support provided by Vitro management, our employees, suppliers and industry partners following the incident last August.

“I’m very proud of how everyone at Carlisle rose to the occasion to maintain the integrity of the plant and expedite the cold repair.

“It’s great to have the plant at full capacity again.”

The return of Line 1 will result in the restoration of 640 short tonnes of production per day. It will initially focus on running the low iron Starphire Ultra-Clear glass, while Line 2 will continue to produce clear glass.

Roberto Cabrera, Director of Engineering, said: “Working with our internal engineering team and our engineering contractor, we were able to make several improvements to the line.

“Our goal was to get back into production as soon as possible, but with our combined experience we were able to make some environmental and production improvements that will provide greater efficiency and consistency.”

Pictured: Starphire Ultra-Clear glass at Leipziger Messe Neues Messegelaende in Germany

German processor to use Schott special float glass for cars


The German processor, Schröder Spezialglas, plans to use Borofloat speciality glass by Schott for cars.

The special float glass will withstand extreme temperature fluctuations and mechanical stress in the engine compartments of cars. It is an extremely durable glass with an expansion coefficient matched for the semiconductor, to ensure that the sensor is reliable in extreme heat or cold. 

Ulrich Schuster, CEO at Schröder Spezialglas in Ellerau near Hamburg, said:

“We’ve been using this special float glass for over two decades now.

“We’ve used it to produce parts and technical glass that were unrivalled by others.

“Without Borofloat our company wouldn’t even exist.”

Borofloat has high chemical and mechanical resistance, ideal recyclability, extreme optical purity and permeability of infrared rays. It also has good dielectric properties, making it the perfect substrate for antenna systems, which will be used by the ‘connected cars’ of the future to communicate with each other and traffic management systems. Even at GHz frequencies, transmission and reception will not be impaired. 

Mr Schuster explained: “With the right tool we can turn special float glass into virtually anything.

“Borofloat is excellent for laser machining.

“It’s virtually challenging us to come up with new projects.”

The speciality glass also opens up entirely new shapes for holographic head-up displays, which show turns or warnings of obstacles directly on the windshield within the driver’s view and is known as augmented reality. This is where the high transparency of this flat glass will help to implement future projection systems in very small areas.

Mr Schuster said: “Soda lime lenses develop a whitish-grey build-up after a year or two and they become blind.

“However, by using Borofloat, lasting brightness can be achieved as the hydrolysis or glass corrosion does not occur.” 

Borofloat is made using a microfloat process where the glass ribbon floats on top of a bath of molten tin to then cool down. It is ‘floated’ at temperatures that are up to 200 °C (392 °F) higher with variances under half a degree. This process, which also precisely controls the thickness of the glass, guarantees perfect homogeneity, outstanding flatness and the mirror-like surface of the special float glass by Schott. 

Pictured: Borofloat glass

Forglass completes Trend Glass batch house upgrade


Forglass has completed the modernisation of a batch house at Polish tableware manufacturer Trend Glass’s Szydłowiec site.

At the proposal stage, Forglass created a 3D model of the jointly developed reconstruction concept, together with a detailed work schedule. 

As a result, it was possible to obtain technological guidelines in a short period of time and to start the planning and coordination of construction work. 

High quality and rapid delivery are virtually guaranteed by the fact that Forglass owns all of its fabrication facilities, all of which are located in Poland.

The scope of work included:

the modernisation of the raw material dosing system;

a system to transport the batch to the furnace 

a new cullet management system; and

delivery of a new system for process control and visualisation.

Forglass performed beyond the client’s expectations and delivered the project under budget and ahead of schedule.

Strategic Materials closes recycling facility due to Ardagh shutdown


US recycler Strategic Materials has closed its Franklin, Mass. facility as a result of the closure of a nearby Ardagh container glass plant.

Ardagh shut its Milford, Mass. container glass manufacturing facility in March.

As a result it put the Strategic facility in jeopardy as it had been built specifically to meet the needs of the bottlemaker’s site.

The Strategic site had an annual capacity of 100,000 tonnes and sourced material from recycling programmes from the region. It closed on June 22.

Its site removed contamination from glass streams and sorted the material by colour, creating cullet for end users.

The clousure of the Franklin site also led to the curtailment of its Rhode island facility, which was a feeder site to Franklin. A total of 20 employees were effected by the closure.

The Ardagh site closed as a result of the continued decline of the US mass beer market it said. It average recycled cullet use was about 75 to 95% compared to 20 to 30% in other plants.

Strategic Materials said it was still accepting deposit glass at its S Windsor, CT facility, and it would continue to prioritise deposit glass.

It said: "We are aggressively working to move the material in Franklin and Rhode Island to other applications and other regions. 

"We are working on a few possible solutions, but do not have anything we can share at this time."  

Sisecam fires fourth Eskişehir furnace


Sisecam's glass packaging unit, Anadolu Cam Sanayii, has fired Furnace D in its Eskişehir plant, Turkey.

The company fired the plant’s fourth furnace on the evening of July 24.

The furnace has a capacity of 150,000 tonnes a year and will increase the plant’s output by 15%.

Sisecam invested $66 million in the new furnace and has increased its glass packaging capacity in Turkey to 1.2 million tonnes.

Şişecam Group Vice Chairman and CEO Prof. Ahmet Kırman said: "We conduct our operations with the aim of sustainable growth.

"With the last investment, we have commissioned our highest-capacity glass packaging furnace in Turkey.”

Kırman recalled that the Eskişehir Glass Packaging Plant was established in 2013 with cutting-edge technology, and added: "We are glad that our fourth furnace investment at this modern plant has made another contribution to the economy and production in Eskişehir.

"We continue to produce with the latest technology thanks to the fourth furnace installed and equipped in accordance with the Industry 4.0 strategy at the Eskişehir Glass Packaging Plant." 

AGR International to unveil measurement equipment at glasstec


AGR International will introduce dimensional gauging and coating measurement equipment at glasstec 2018 in Düsseldorf, Germany. 

The Dimensional Sampling Gauge Series 400 (DSG400) retains much of the framework of the previous versions, but also incorporates new hardware, features and capabilities that further improve its handling, throughput, precision, communication and measurement functions. 

It also provides optimised bottle positioning and software to facilitate the highly accurate thickness measurement of the complete body sidewall and on even small pharmaceutical ware by seamlessly integrating AGR’s Thickness 360°measurement system.

The Combined Coating Measurement System (CCMS) will provide customers with the capability of utilising one machine to measure both finish and body coatings. To facilitate case of use and accuracy, the new unit features one-touch operation and automated measurement. 

AGR International will discuss how incorporating its equipment in quality management programmes can protect brands.

Its booth will also feature a display by American Glass Research. Representatives from American Glass Research will also be present to discuss the latest portfolio of services for the glass container industry, all-new training programmes, design and testing services as well as expanded analytical test offerings.

AGR International will be exhibiting in Hall 14, Stand C28 at this year’s glasstec at Messe Düsseldorf on October 23rd-26th.

Pictured: The DSG400 incorporates enhanced algorithms to accurately measure challenging thread and finish measurements

Fives appoints Sales Manager for the Americas


Furnaces and engineering group Fives has appointed a new Sales Manager for the Americas.

Mr. Rémi Pujol will be focused on the glass industry in USA, Central and South America.

He will lead the business development in the Americas for the Fives Glass division, based from the its Mexico City office.

Rémi holds a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering and has several years of experience in the field of Business Development within the sector, including technical sales of Fives Stein glass melting furnaces, glass conditioning systems and engineering services.

Mr. Stephen Sherlock, Sales Director and Mr. Andrew Reynolds, Business Development Director who operate through the Fives Group and Fives Stein Ltd. UK, will support Remi’s activities.

Fives already has a strong and long presence in North America where 20 facilities operate in 11 different business lines, which represent close to 2,000 employees and more than US$500 million sales per year.

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O-I to expand Brazilian capacity


O-I is to expand its production capacity in the state of Pernambuco, Brazil. 

It will restart the operations of its now inactive plant located in the city of Vitória do Santo Antão and will also add a new production line at its factory in Recife, in 2019.

It said the expansion was as a result of rapidly growing market demands due to an improvement in the Brazilian economy. 

The combined actions will add capacity of 65,000 tons, or more than 300 million glass containers, to the market.

Şişecam wins environmental award


Şişecam Group has won an award for its glass recycling efforts.

It was awarded Silver Prize from 55 projects in the Environmental and Social Innovation category of the Sustainability Awards organized by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Şişecam won for its contributions in matters such as resource efficiency, glass recycling and energy efficiency as well as glass recycling capital.

The winners of the 2018 awards were determined after evaluation by four independent jury members and were assessed by on four criteria: standards and best practices, innovation, visible impact and capacity building. The awards ceremony was held in Jordan.

Bresle Valley manufactures 70% of the world’s luxury bottles


A French valley manufacturers the majority of the globe's luxury bottles.

The Bresle Valley, on the border of Normandy and Hauts-de-France, produces more than 70% of the world's production of luxury bottles for perfumes, spirits and pharmacy, according to French manufacturers.

"After a very sharp decline in activity for two years, we skyrocketed in 2010," summarised William Varrall, director of the Glass Valley association, which represents 70 companies in the Bresle Valley. 

The valley is spread over about 50km on the borders of Seine-Maritime, Somme and Oise in northern France.

From mould makers to decorators to foundries and glassmakers, luxury bottles provides work for nearly 8500 people with about 60% of those employed by glassmakers.

It has a turnover of about €1.5 to €2 billion, according to Mr. Varrall.

The largest glassmakers are Verescence, which employs 1300 people in France, including more than 800 in Mers-les-Bains in Somme, Pochet du Courval (1,700 people in France including 1,400 in Guimerville, Seine-Maritime), and Verreries Brosse, with 300 employees in Vieux-Rouen-sur-Bresle, Seine-Maritime and is a subsidiary of the Italian group Zignago Vetro.

The industry invests a lot and hires but it struggles to recruit in the absence of a glass school, added Mr. Varrall.

Pictured: The Verescence site in Mers-le-Bains employs 800 people.

Glass Problems unveils conference schedule


The schedule of events at this year’s Glass Problems event has been unveiled.

The 79th Conference on Glass Problems (GPC) is the largest glass manufacturing conference in North America. 

It takes place between November 5thand 8th  and its audience includes glassmakers and suppliers from around the globe.

Topics of interest include Furnace design and reconstruction, Physics and chemistry of the melting process, and Refractories.

The event is organised by the Glass Manufacturing Industry Council (GMIC) which is a trade association of the glass industry.

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Meeting of minds at SGT glass conference


The Society of Glass Technology is to hold its Annual Conference in September in Cambridge at Murray Edwards College, UK.

The conference includes an industry session where speakers will include Dave Dalton, CEO of British Glass, and Stuart Hakes, SGT president Designate and FIC UK Managing Director.

The Industry programme takes place on September 4 and will be focused on Energy.

Provisional speakers also include Chris Sorsby, Commercial Director of GTS, Volvo’s John Comer, Barnaby Wharton of Renewable UK and Reinhard Conradt, of RWTH Aachen, who will discuss the Impact of the choice of raw materials on energy consumption and production efficiency. 

The SGT conference takes place between Monday September 3 and Wednesday September 5 and is also focused on Science and History and Heritage.

Şişecam wins award for beer bottle in design competition


Şişecam Glass Packaging won the Golden Design Award at the  A’Design Award & Competition held by OMC Design Studios and its spinoffs.

The glass-packaging manufacturer won the Golden Design Award in the Packaging Design category for its Frederik glass beer bottle. 

Specifically designed for Tuborg, a Danish brewery, the bottle is an angular form, which is considered a cornerstone for pressurized packaging.

The international design competition gave out 13 awards to 9,803 approved works out of 66,100 entries from 180 countries and 110 categories. There is a five-level award system in various categories such as decoration, furniture, architecture, textile, illumination, toys, digital products and aircraft industry, as well as packaging.

Verallia Design Awards announces winners in France and Spain


The Verallia Design Awards in France and Spain announced its winners.

The annual design competition invited students and young art or design school graduates to imagine, from a defined theme, an innovative type of glass packaging.


The theme of the ninth French edition was a glass container illustrating the material’s ecological virtues, while highlighting good quality, natural and organic contents.

717 students from 136 schools submitted more than 373 projects. In total, there were 65 shortlisted projects. The competition included a panel of judges including specialists from Verallia, customers, the sponsor Guillaume Delvigne, designers, journalists and trend studios.

There were six winners. This included ‘Grume’ by Théo Kasperowicz to represent beer, water and soft drinks; ‘Oliver’ by Eva Laura Azpurua and Aurélia de Chevigny to represent food; ‘Tuteur’ by Alexandre Pelletier to represent spirits; ‘Arcadia’ by Clara Chanteloup and Maxence de Cock to represent wines; ‘En vrac!’ by Alice Doudard and Xiaoyue Zhao to represent the sponsor’s choice and ‘Louis Breuilly’ by Sarah Bentahrour to represent special champagne décor.


The theme of the fifth Spanish edition was ‘Spirits’, in which over 140 students submitted their innovative bottle projects.

A panel of judges consisting of Verallia customers and employees made the selection. Xavier Cuxart, from the design and branding agency Morillas, hosted the event. The awards were presented during the furnace opening ceremony at Saragossa.

There were three winners. The first prize went to ‘Bokken’ by Antoni Aparicio, representing a bottle for Japenese whisky. The second prize went to ‘Yo soy Guapa’ by Maria Balbás and Samantha García, representing a bottle for high-end gins.

The third prize went to ‘Deleite’ by Paula Vidal and Antonio Lopera, representing a bottle for Jerez brandy. 

British Glass to host Glass Focus Awards 2018


The tickets for this year’s Glass Focus Awards hosted by British Glass in Sheffield, England are now on sale.

Glass International magazine will support the annual awards ceremony as British Glass’ media partner.

The event’s afternoon programme will focus on Driving Manufacturing Productivity with Digital Technology. This will be a great opportunity for delegates to network with decision makers from across the glass industry and its supply chain.

This will be followed by the Glass Focus Awards, in which British Glass recognises, celebrates and promotes the best practice in glass and its supply chain industries. The ceremony recognises outstanding achievements and provides an excellent opportunity to showcase different organisations.

The awards are open to both members and non-members of British Glass. A panel of industry experts will judge the entrants. This year’s award categories are: Design of the Year, Innovative Solution, Health and Safety Action, Sustainable Practice, Apprentice of the Year and Strengthening Business Through People.

The tickets are £150 for British Glass members and £200 for non-members, which include the afternoon session and the evening awards dinner.

The deadline for this year’s entries is 12pm on Wednesday 26th September 2018. Entrants can submit an entry form by emailing the subject line ‘2018 Awards entry’.

Glass Focus 2018 will take place on 22nd November at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield, England.

Corning to invest in manufacturing facility in China


Corning will invest in an automotive manufacturing facility in Hefei, China.

The New York technology specialist plans to invest in the Hefei Xinzhan Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone facility in the Anhui Province for its automotive glass solutions.

Michael Kunigonis, Vice President and General Manager of Corning Automotive Glass Solutions, said: “Corning is excited to be delivering technical glass solutions that address and accelerate the adoption of more dynamic and visually appealing in-vehicle infotainment systems. 

“Our cover-glass innovations deliver advantaged performance and economics versus commodity materials and are driving significant pull for our products.

“Corning’s investment will deliver the capability, quality and capacity the auto industry needs to drive innovation and supply drivers with connectivity and user experience they desire.”

Corning is planning for the facility to be fully operational by 2019. It will produce Corning Gorilla Glass for Automotive Interiors, a durable and optically advantaged cover glass solution specifically designed for automotive interior applications. Retrofitting an existing facility will help Corning to bring on new capacity quickly and efficiently to advance the growth of its new automotive glass solutions business.

Li Fang, President and General Manager of Corning Greater China, said: “Corning has been committed to the China auto industry since we first entered the China market in the early 1980s, and the investment underscores Corning’s longstanding support of this market.

“Corning selects its manufacturing locations to be close to our customers, which makes Hefei an ideal location.

“Additionally, we have found Hefei to have excellent infrastructure and a solid base of skilled local talent.

“We appreciate the support we have received from the Hefei municipal government and the industrial development leadership from Anhui provincial officials.”

This manufacturing facility demonstrates Corning’s continued commitment to China and marks the company’s third investment in Hefei within the past three years. 

Beatson Clark bottle aims to fight war on sugar


A drinks company has turned to a UK glass bottle manufacturer to fight the war on sugar. 

Kolibri Drinks asked Beatson Clark to design and manufacture a bottle which allows consumers to control the amount of sugar in their drink.

The sugar is stored in the cap of the bottle rather than in the liquid of the drink. The idea behind the design is to allow the consumer to customise the amount of sugar and flavour in their drink, to suit their own taste and preference.

Beatson Clark’s in-house design team worked with Kolibri Drinks from the early concept stage through to manufacture. The brief was to create an elegant bottle which would appeal to the premium retail and restaurant market.

The bottle itself, designed and produced at Beatson Clark’s glassworks in Rotherham, UK, is a cone-shaped 300ml white flint flask made from 30% recycled glass on average.  

All the sugar has been removed from the botanical drink in the bottle and is stored instead in an elegant cap, so for the first time consumers can decide how much sweetness – if any – they wish to add to their drink.

Kolibri Drinks co-founder, Kamila Sitwell, said: “At a time when consumers expect premium experiences in all aspects of branding, standard off-the-shelf bottles wouldn’t work for Kolibri Drinks.

“Beatson Clark worked with us from the very beginning, all the way through consumer and industry testing and the complex incorporation process with the patented cap which enables customisation of sweetness. 

“I don’t think many companies are able or willing to go the extra mile to go through a complex and time-consuming process to deliver something truly disruptive.”

Charlotte Taylor, Beatson Clark’s Marketing Manager, said: “We’re finding more companies, particularly small businesses with big ideas, approaching us for bottle designs.

"The drinks business is a multi-billion pound industry, and competition is fierce, so they’re all looking for something to make their product stand out on the shelf.

“Rather than being bound by what we can’t do, we take a can-do attitude. This type of bottle is the first of its kind we’ve produced and the finished product looks great.

"The quality of the glass matches the level of design.”

Air Products unveils planned site for headquarters


Air Products has unveiled the planned site for its new headquarters.

The 50-acre site will be built approximately one mile from its existing headquarters in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, USA.

Groundbreaking is expected in March 2019 with occupancy targeted by Summer 2021. The new location will be the base for approximately 2,000 Air Products employees with capacity for growth.  

Air Products’ Chairman, President, and CEO, Selfi Ghasemi said: “This is a very exciting time for Air Products as we evolve our headquarters environment to be more beneficial to our employees and take advantage of sustainable technologies to lessen our footprint and reduce operating costs.”

The new headquarters site will include new administration offices, a research and development (R&D) facility, and an enclosed parking structure for employees. 

Air Products’ headquarters will remain at its current location (7201 Hamilton Boulevard, Allentown), and employees will continue to work there during construction and completion of the new facilities.

The company plans to make its existing 235-acre location available to the real estate market. 

The industrial gas company had divested non-core businesses over the last two years. These moves, in combination with other operational changes, have resulted in excess building space at Air Products’ present location, compounded by annual maintenance costs of approximately $20 million at its current 60-year-old location.

Mr Ghasemi said: “We believe our new location will afford us a special opportunity to modernise and optimise our office space and R&D facilities and invest in a work environment that motivates and energises our employees. 

“As a global company operating in more than 50 countries, this new headquarters will reflect the safety, speed, simplicity and self-confidence that move us forward as a world-leading industrial gas company.”

Caption: Conceptual rendering of the new headquarters

Trend Glass chooses Forglass furnace


Trend Glass has selected Forglass to perform a major overhaul of its W-2 furnace in its Radom, Poland plant.

The regenerative end port-fired furnace will melt ultra-white flint tableware glass, with melting capacity of 150 tpd.

Forglass had to increase the height of the furnace superstructure, redesign the burner port necks and the top part of the regenerator chambers, change the checker lining (140×140 mm instead of 170×170 mm chimney blocks) and overhaul the oscillating batch charger with vibrating gutter.

It also designed the side wall electric boost (1200 kVA) with required changes of melting tank.

The performance parameters of the re-built exceeded the values guaranteed in the contractL: 

The pull was increased to 155tpd (without boost), 

The specific melting capacity is 1.95t/(m2·24h) for 30% of cullet,

The specific energy consumption was reduced by 300 kcal/kg; and

The glass quality index was below 10 bubbles Ø 0.5mm/100g of glass.

Trend Glass said that the quality of the engineering and assembly works performed by Forglass were characterised by professionalism, accuracy and creativity in solving problems.

It added that cooperation of the Forglass employees with contractors and subcontractors of other projects was critical to the ultimate success of the investment project. 

Horn supplies technological line for Azerbaijan float plant


Horn Glass Industries will supply a complete technological line for the Azerfloat glass plant in Azerbaijan.

The scope of supply extends from the batch plant, via the melting furnace, the tin bath and annealing lehr to the robotised cold end, where the finished glass is cut, stacked, packed and transported, using specially developed storage technology.

The technology line supply also includes the production of nitrogen and hydrogen as well as a shielding gas mixing and cooling water station.

Horn will also supply a fully automated process management system for the hot-end.

The new glass line will produce approximately 250 tonnes of clear and tinted coated float glass per day. The new production facility will create about 300 new jobs.

Horn Glass Industries’ know-how has a positive effect on the construction of the furnace, the engineering and the installation supervision of the supplied equipment, as well as on the project management and logistics. 

The float glass plant is to be built in an industrial park in Sumgait, 30km north of the capital, Baku. Construction work commenced last December.

Brazil’s first Glass Technician Training Course


A training course aims to prepare technicians to work in glass plants and associated manufacturing areas. 

The course was the initiative of  three organisations: CeRTEV (Center for Research, Technology and Education in Vitreous Materials) that is an academic association of three public universities – the Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar), Universidade de São Paulo (USP) and Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp).

The second partbner was the Paula Souza Center, a São Paulo State governmental institution that provides technical teaching to 219 Technical Schools and 66 Faculties of Technology (undergraduate level).

The third partner was Abividro, the Brazilian Association of Glass Industries that congregates 15 glass companies.

Mauro Akerman, course leader said: “A team formed by three PSC teachers and myself was created to implement the course. We have together prepared the Syllabus and the definition of the didactic glass lab.

“After that, we defined among all the PSC schools the ones which were adequate to host the course. It should already have chemical and mechanical labs, and be located near glass producers.”

The course takes place over three semesters and combines 1200 hours of theory and practical classes with40 students maximum in theory classes and 20 in practical.

Students may start this specialisation together with the second year of high school or at any time if they have already completed high school.

A glass lab was built on site  with the support of Nadir Figueiredo, the largest Brazilian tableware producer.

The school is located near Nadir Figueiredo, and 20 students are its employees.

Schott to acquire Finnish glass bonding group


Speciality glass manufacturer Schott is to buy Finnish micro bonding group Primoceler.

Schott said the acquisition would enhance its core competence in the field of hermetic packaging

The new company will be called Schott Primoceler and be based in Tampere, Finland, as part of Schott’s Electronic Packaging division. The deal will be completed by the end of the year.

Schott Electronic Packaging division offers hermetic packaging technologies to protect sensitive electronics in automotive, aerospace, medical, and energy applications. 

Hermetic packaging refers to the sealing of electrical contacts with glass or ceramics. 

The inorganic and virtually non-aging materials are used as insulators that prevent the intrusion of moisture and other contaminants.

The challenge lies in achieving a perfect bond between the electrical metal conductors and glass – a core competence Schott has mastered over the course of many decades. Its signature technologies in this field are glass-to-metal and ceramic-to-metal sealing.

Primoceler has developed a ‘glass-only’ micro bonding method based on laser technology that can be completed without any heat or added materials.

The bonding process allows for the reliable manufacture of vacuum-tight, ultra-miniature electronic or optical devices. Even electronics with extreme heat sensitivities can be safely encapsulated.

Glass micro bonding enables new packaging concepts for devices that demand high reliability including medical implants, aerospace, automotive, optical devices, and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) for the Internet of Things.

Primoceler used various glass types and products from Schott,  such as HermeS glass wafers.

These substrates come with hermetically sealed miniature connections that go through the glass (also known as ‘through glass vias,’ or TGV), that enables packaging for micro-sensors and other MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems).

Peter Kniprath, Head of Schott’s Business Unit Electronic Packaging said: “Electronics are entering more areas of our daily life and demand for safety and durability have increased.

"Schott Primoceler will focus on tackling these challenges and working with our customers towards completely new applications.”

German manufacturer uses LiSEC software tool


LiSEC has reduced remnant glass plates and broken sheets through software optimisation at Gethke Glas Gronau in Gronau, Germany.

The glass manufacturer has installed the LiSEC Dynopt, an optimisation tool for cutting, in order to save time and material.

Lothar Schleiner, Authorized Signatory and Plant Manager at Gethke Glas Gronau said: “Between 100 to 130 optimised files are always displayed on the Dynopt screen of the ESL float cutting table.

“With the button ‘Same glass code’, we keep the overview and see how many files of the individual types of glass are in the Dynopt pool, not limited to delivery dates.”

Since the implementation of Dynopt, employees in Planning and Scheduling no longer pay attention to remnants or disassemble them, but pass on everything 1:1 to dynamic optimisation, so that the optimisation task is entirely taken over by LiSEC Dynopt.

Mr Schleiner said: “There are hardly any remnant plates left in the company. 

“Since we have been using Dynopt, time savings are about three hours a day, that is one hour per shift.

“All in all, we have reduced waste by approximately 3% since we have been using the LiSEC software tool.”

When Gethke Glas had broken, heavily soiled or scratched glass sheets in the past, the staff wrote a remake note with detailed information on the respective glass sheet. This included dimension, type of glass and production line, and was sent for manual glass cutting.

Mr Schleiner explained: “We appreciate the fact that LiSEC does not only build machinery, but is also an insulating glass producer itself and thus has a completely different understanding of the needs of customers.

“In addition, the company also has the opportunity to test its software and machinery beforehand.

“What we also like very much is the telephone availability of the service department, especially LiSEC Software.”

Thanks to GPS-Ident or Remake Pool, where all remakes are collected and processed, combined with Dynopt, the original process has become completely redundant.

Now defective sheets are scanned, immediately sent to the Remake Pool and then processed as fast as possible in Dynopt. With the extension ‘Re-Opt’ on the cutting table, Dynopt optimises a glass sheet once the cutting process has already been started or remakes are inserted. This means a sheet subject to a complaint can be returned to production in no time. 

Pictured: LiSEC Dynopt optimisation tool

Pittsburgh Glass Works to close next month


Pittsburgh Glass Works will stop production at its automotive glass plant on August 17th, ending its 135-year association at the East Deer site.

Formerly owned by what became PPG Industries, the Pittsburgh Glass Works’ Creighton plant is closing because it cannot keep up with increased technological demands, PGW CEO and President Joe Stas said.

The glassmaker’s plant capacity for manufacturing is above market demand, he added.

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Canadian float glass plant will create local jobs


A proposed float glass manufacturing facility set to be built in Ontario, Canada could create up to 350 local jobs.

The Hong Kong-based company, Xinyi Canada, said it will recruit up to 400 people full-time at the manufacturing facility. 

The site will be constructed near the city of Guelph, about 100km west of Toronto.

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FEVE elects Vice-President and Chairman


Michel Giannuzzi has been elected Vice-President and Laurent Zuber as Chairman of the European Container Glass Federation (FEVE).

Mr Giannuzzi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Verallia Group was elected Vice President of FEVE at the federation’s general meeting in Rotterdam on June 15th.

He said: “I am eager to put my experience at the service of this industry which has an unrivalled cultural heritage in Europe and a strong future ahead. 

“Glass continues to be the packaging material of reference for many products despite competition.

“Our European industry association has a leadership role in federating forces towards circular economy.”

Mr Giannuzzi was appointed as CEO of the Verallia Group on September 1st 2017. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and Havard Business School.

Mr Zuber, the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) and Managing Director of SGD-Pharma was also elected as Chairman of the FEVE Flaconnage Board by FEVE AGM.

He said: “The European glass flaconnage sector is a world leader in the production of speciality bottles for perfumery and cosmetics, and primary glass packaging to the pharmaceutical sector.

“Bringing visibility to our sector’s assets and strengths to succeed in supporting the development of our customers’ brands and, in the pharmaceutical sector, to commit to patients’ safety by delivering the highest quality products will be beneficial to the EU’s economy and external trade as well as for the whole glass packaging industry.

“This is one of the main objectives of my mandate in FEVE which I took on with great energy and enthusiasm.”

Mr Zuber joined SGD Group in 2006 and is currently the CCO and Managing Director of SGD-Pharma. He graduated from the Institut Supérieur de Commerce of Paris, France.

Pictured: Michel Giannuzzi, Vice-President of FEVE (top right) and Laurent Zuber, Chairman of the FEVE Flaconnage Board (bottom left)

Michele Gusti elected as GIMAV president


Michele Gusti has been elected as the president elect of Gimav, the Italian Association of Manufacturers of Machinery, Accessories and special products for glass processing. 

The nomination was held on Tuesday, 10 July 2018, during the Ordinary Members' Meeting, which also voted to elect Gimav’s new Board of Directors. 

Mr. Gusti, who is also president of OCMI-OTG, replaces Aldo Faccenda of Bottero, who held the position for the 2016-2018 term, and was voted to serve as president of the Hollow Glass Division for the next two years.

The president-elect of the Accessories Division is Dino Zandonella Necca of ADI.

Members of the new Board of Directors are: Barbara Antonini (Antonini), Chiaralberta Galli (Bavelloni), Giulio Isernia (Glass Service), Nicola Lattuada (Adelio Lattuada), Nancy Mammaro (Mappi International), Barbara Mazza (Cugher Glass), Matteo Rolla (Neptun), Cinzia Schiatti (Officina Meccanica Schiatti Angelo).

The presidential line-up will be completed during the next Board of Directors' meeting, with the nomination of the two vice-presidents. 

Mr Gusti said: "I am a member of Gimav and have played a role in the life of the association for over 20 years. Since day one, I have wholeheartedly believed in it, recognised its importance, and the overall commitment it requires. 

"Now Gimav is becoming a leading association at the international level, and ever more importantly, has proven its ability to catalyze a large group of institutional representatives from international glass associations, and create a network where information can be shared and discussed."    

"For my two-year term as president a great deal of attention will be paid to enhancing the value of the association's international vocation by establishing an increasingly greater presence at national and foreign sites where decisions are made regarding the sector standards and development policies. 

“We will also continue to focus on the association itself, where I will strive to strengthen collaboration among all member companies, and find common ground by which members of any size may grow together and collaborate by adopting a continuous and widespread constructive approach."

O-I’s Helix bottle launches in the UK


O-I’s ‘twist to open’ Helix bottle continues its conquest. 

It’s now landing in the United Kingdom after establishing itself in France, Spain, Portugal, Benelux, South Africa, China, Japan and the US.

Anthonij Rupert, famous for the quality of its wines and vineyards in South Africa, has chosen Helix to bottle its range of Protea wines.

The Helix bottle is known thanks to its threaded cork stopper and striated lines inside the neck  and will boost Protea wine’s appeal to British consumers.

The bottle has an original design with a floral decoration made in the O-I Innoval factory located in Chazelles sur Lyon in the Loire, France.

Helix allows the consumer to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew, thanks to a simple ‘twist’, while preserving the distinctive ‘pop’ which is the hallmark of a cork closure.

The innovation has been developed and marketed by O-I and Amorim, specialists, respectively, in glass packaging and corks.

Glass and cork are recyclable, so Helix is ​​also an answer to the many challenges of the environment.

GIMAV continues eight-year-trend of export growth


Data from the GIMAV Studies Center shows it’s eight-year-trend of excellent export performance.

The latest Italian glass machinery industry report was released by the GIMAV Studies Center on the association’s annual member’s meeting.

Laura Biason, Director of GIMAV, said: “This marks the eighth consecutive year of growth. 

“The upswing in exports continues, and domestic market indicators are starting to improve as a result of the Industry 4.0 Plan incentives.

“Our sector is growing, and it’s very gratifying to be able to say that the effects of the downward trend that marked the national and international economy in 2009 are definitively behind us now.”

The exports overall sales ratio averaged at 78.66% in 2017, which solidifies the Italian manufacturer’s position among global market leaders. Exports for hollow glass were 84% of overall sales, which was slightly less than €379 million, while flat glass increased from 75.3% in 2016 to 75.74%, which exceeded €692 million. Flat glass exports increased by 5.48% from the year before.

Ms Biason continued: “The data is definitively positive and the results – confirmed by the increase in domestic orders – are tangible even with regard to the opportunities offered by the Industry 4.0 Plan (Nuova Sabatini, Iper and SuperAmmortamento).

“We feel that the delayed applicability of incentives (after the publication of the Ministry of Economic Development Notice on 30 April 2017), negatively impacted their effect on the Italian market.”

As usual, Europe secured first place with 40% of overall export sales, while the United States was the top destination country, followed by France, India, Mexico and China. Although exports to North America have decreased and now account for 19.41% of overall global sales, exports to Oceania have continued to rise. 

The ranking for hollow glass exports, which grew by 1.2% since last year, shows that France is the top destination country once again, while Mexico dropped into second place. Poland, India, Thailand and Argentina also moved up the ranks. Japan, after climbing from 29th to 11th place among the largest importers of Italian hollow glass since 2016, now account for 3.41% of global exports. Iran and Spain also appear in the top 15 this year.

Ms. Biason concluded: “The outlook is positive if we are to judge by the companies’ survey on the general market situation: 93.55% of them in fact predict further growth in 2018, with a more marked improvement in foreign markets, while 78% of companies surveyed also expect an increase in domestic sales.”

Pictured: Laura Biason, Director of GIMAV

Guardian Glass to launch jumbo coater in North America


Guardian Glass’ new jumbo coater is on-schedule to begin operations in August at its Carleton, Michigan facility.

The US glass manufacturer plans to begin producing North America’s first Guardian SunGuard coated jumbo glass as soon as the coater starts up. 

Rick Zoulek, Vice President – Americas at Guardian Glass, said: “This jumbo coater will create value for North American independent Guardian Select fabricators by increasing their product offerings and allowing them to reduce inventory and waste. 

“We’re pleased to soon offer to our North American customers 20 years of jumbo coated glass experience combined with our high performance low-E SunGuard coated glass.”

Customers can order jumbo Guardian Glass products in 130” x 204” sizes, and special orders at 130” x 240”. The glass lites will be available in 6, 8 or 10 mm thicknesses, and on jumbo coated clear, tinted or low-iron float substrates according to the launch schedule: Clear, Guardian UltraClear low-iron, Gray, Green, Guardian CrystalBlue and Guardian CrystalGray.

Guardian’s SunGuard glass product line for commercial applications offers excellent solar control and a variety of colours and performance levels. SunGuard glass products provide innovative, leading solutions for appearance, economics and energy efficiency, and are available through an international network of independent Guardian Select fabricators.

This will be Guardian’s 12th jumbo coater. The manufacturer will focus its initial production on the most popular double and triple silver SunGuard coater glass for architectural applications. The use of SunGuard coated glass in jumbo sizes – on glass lites of up to 217 sq ft – opens up possibilities to architects by delivering expansive views with high performance to their designs.

Pictured: Guardian SuperNeutral coated glass at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada

Cortex Glass opens R&D office


Cortex Glass has opened a new R&D office in the centre of the city of Groningen, The Netherlands. 

The company has doubled its R&D office space to 600m2, which will contribute to the further development of its GobWatch, ISWatch, TopWatch and BlankWatch systems.

CEO Mark Holtkamp said the expansion was the result of continued growth of the business. 

He said: “There is a focus on the smart factory and Industry 4.0 at the moment.

"Factories are focused on the hot end. The glass industry now knows that it has to move forward and they have to catch up with other industries in measuring and in process control.

“I think it is now getting in the minds of most glass people that they need to do something in the hot end for the future and Cortex has had more business as a result of that. That’s why we are in a good position now.

“We are an innovative company that makes nice systems for the hot end.”

Most of its business is located in Europe but is has had increased sales in Asia.

Cortex was formed in 2014 and today employs 10 people. The new space is located on the second floor of the same building it occupied in Sint Jansstraat.

The company has employed a new member of staff who starts in September and is currently recruiting new software and hardware engineers.

Anyone interested in a role should contact Mark at

Vetri Speciali inaugurates Ormelle furnace


Italian container glassmaker Vetri Speciali has inaugurated a new furnace at its Ormelle plant.

The furnace was inaugurated last week in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the site in Treviso, about 40km north of Venice.

Part of the funds for the €38 million investment were from the European Investment Bank.

Vetri Speciali said: “This new plant that will bring a significant improvement in working comfort and an even greater attention to the environment projecting the history of the plant and its territory in the global panorama of the great glass industry.”

A total of 84 suppliers were involved in the project, many of them from the local area.

Vetri Speciali has its headquarters in Trento and has four plants in total: Ormelle, Gardolo, Pergine Valsugana and San Vito al Tagliamento.

Ian Martin Lindsay


Fives Stein Limited (UK) has announced the death of Ian Lindsay, Sales Manager, who passed away in May following a short and unexpected illness. 

Mr Lindsay joined the electric melting division of King Taudevin & Gregson Limited (formerly Penelectro) as a mechanical draftsman in 1978.  

He later moved into project engineering and contract management; working in both office and site roles he developed an extensive and broad-based expertise in the fields of electric melting, air-gas regenerative furnaces and electric boosting.  

After a short period with a different UK supply company, Ian joined the newly establish Penelectro in 1997 and followed the company as it became part of the Fives Group in 1999. 

In later years under Fives Stein, Ian used his knowledge in Sales, leading numerous projects in Europe and Asia, although his practical abilities meant he often retuned to spend time on site in engineering and troubleshooting roles.

In his 40 years in the industry Ian gained the trust and respect of glass manufacturers throughout the world at both professional and personal level; he was the one they came to when they had problems, the one they knew would take ownership of their difficulties and go that extra mile to help.  

Always good humoured, always willing, diligent and hard-working, Ian will be missed by his colleagues at Fives and by those he knew within the industry.  

Our sincere condolences go out to his wife and family.

Andy Reynolds

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CelSian Practical Glass Technology Training


CelSian is offering a Practical Glass Technology Training course from its premises in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. 

The two-day practical course is aimed at new and more experienced industry employees who want to understand the missing link between theory and practice, between cause and effect in everyday glass production.

The course is open for employees of the glass producing industry and related suppliers. The training is given in English language (or Dutch upon request). 

Following the course, the participant will have a solid understanding of: 

1. The influence of various raw materials on melting, fining and foaming behavior of the melt in the furnace 

2. The influence of changed composition on important glass properties and how to measure the properties 

3. The application of empirical tools to examine the effect of glass chemistry and properties on glass melting in the furnace 

4. Hands-on experience of glass defect analysis

The course is meant for new entrants to the glass industry; batch and furnace operators, hot end personnel, lab personnel and R&D employees to receive a more practical understanding of glass melting. Level: medium technical.

It takes place on October 8-9, 2018. The registration fee is €1500 per participant. For GlassTrend member companies it is €1200 per participant. 

All participants receive: 

• A 2-day practical course in glass technology 

• The practical excel sheets used 

Hotel accommodation and travel costs are not included. 

Glass Focus event set for November 22


The British Glass-organised Glass Focus conference and awards event will take place on Thursday 22 November in Sheffield, UK.

The annual event showcases the excellence and innovation that underpin the industry’s contribution to the economy, to society and to customers, staff and stakeholders. 

This year’s awards dinner will be preceded by an afternoon of presentations, discussion and networking.  

The afternoon conference session will focus on ‘Driving manufacturing productivity with digital technology’.

The evening  Black tie awards ceremony will include a drinks reception, dinner, presentation of awards and time to celebrate together. Tickets go on sale on Thursday 19 July 2018.

 Everyone with a stake in glass is invited. Each year it’s a great opportunity to celebrate and network with decision makers from glass manufacturers, machinery and material suppliers, recyclers, brands and buyers, policy makers and researchers. 

The media partner for this event is Glass International.

 For more information visit

French TV helps celebrate Stoelzle Masnieres’ 200th anniversary


Stoelzle’s Masnieres site in northern France is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year.

As part of the celebrations, French TV focused on the site and interviewed its Chief Executive Officer in charge of the Perfumery and Cosmetics Business Unit, Etienne Gruyez.

The broadcast tours the site, shows footage of the glassmaking process and speaks to some of the plant’s employees.

A link to the 11-minute broadcast (in French) is here:

German association is a partner at glasstec 2018


The Bundesverband Glasindustrie (BV Glas) is organising the afternoon conference ‘Markets by BV Glas’ at the 25th edition of the German trade fair on 23rd October. 

The German association's Director General, Dr Johann Overath, will be chairing the afternoon session, which will be held from 2 - 5pm and is free of charge.

The central theme will be German and European environmental and climate policy, as well as the latest facts and figures.

Glass manufacturers, supported by experts, will explain the challenges, opportunities and risks that the glass industry faces.

The conference agenda includes post-2020 EU emissions trading, the establishment of energy efficiency networks to save energy, the status quo with REACH, the crystalline silica discussion, the EU’s Circular Economy Package and a glass industry best practice example.

This year’s glasstec takes place at Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre from 23rd-26th October in in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Pictured: Dr Johann Overath, Director General of BV Glas

Praxair sells gas business to Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation for €5 million


Praxair Inc. has agreed to sell European assets valued at about €5 billion ($6 billion) to Japan’s Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corp as part of efforts to win regulatory approval for its plan to create the world’s largest industrial-gas supplier.

The sale is aimed at soothing antitrust concerns in Europe, where regulators are carrying out an in-depth review of Praxair’s planned $45 billion merger with Germany’s Linde.

For Taiyo Nippon, the purchase would add gas assets in a region where the company has none.

 “We are taking a constructive approach to address regulatory concerns with the merger in the European Economic Area,” said Steve Angel, Praxair chairman and chief executive officer.

“Taiyo Nippon Sanso is a strong and capable global industrial gas buyer for our assets and we are pleased that they will continue to serve the needs of our customers in Europe.”

The assets to be sold include Praxair’s industrial gases businesses in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom and include 2,500 employees.

Praxair and Linde continue to work with the relevant antitrust authorities with the objective of closing the merger during the second half of 2018.

“With this acquisition, we are seizing a unique opportunity to enter the European market and establish a truly global footprint through the purchase of highly attractive assets in all the key geographies in the European Union,” said Yujiro Ichihara, President CEO, Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation.

Praxair will continue to own, operate and maintain these businesses until the closing of the merger and this European divestiture transaction.

Pilkington produces solar control glazing in UK


Pilkington has manufactured two more of its solar control glazing products at its base in St Helens, England.

The manufacturer has started producing Suncool 60/31 to serve UK demand for specialist solar control glazing. The product allows 60% light transmittance but only 31% of the sun’s energy, which means that windows deliver a bright and clear view but reduce excessive heat build-up.

Leo Pyrah, Product Manager for solar control products at Pilkington, said: “Manufacturing these products in St Helens reaffirms our commitment to supporting our customers, and is a result of investment in our off-line coater over the last few years.”

 Pilkington Suncool Silver 50/30 will also be manufactured predominantly for export, from September. The high external reflection gives the product a distinctive silver appearance, popular with US architects. The move aims to satisfy this increased demand with new alternatives to those currently available on the market.

Mr Pyrah explained: “Architects and specifiers are increasingly looking for products that combine functionality with aesthetics.

“We want to provide building design professionals with a wide choice of solar control solutions, particularly while this type of glazing becomes better understood in the industry and more commonplace in the built environment.”

The production of both products was spurred on by a sustained period of growth of solar control products. Sales of Pilkington’s Suncool range have increased by 47% since 2016.

Pictured: Pilkington Suncool glazing

Bucher Emhart Glass offers Laser Marking System ID Mark


Emhart Glass took over the laser marking business for hot glass containers from Qualimarq, a pioneer and manufacturer with more than 100 installations worldwide. 

Bucher Emhart Glass will now offer an advanced hot end laser marking system under the product name ID Mark. 

The ID Mark system will be an integral part for the End to End strategy but it will also be available as a stand-alone system. 

For both cases the marking of the container allows further value creation along the value chain for glass producers, fillers and end consumers. 

The new ID Mark will be available through Bucher Emhart Glass with immediate effect.

Namibian manufacturer plans to build factories worth $750 million


Groot Glass is planning to build two glass factories worth $750 million in Tses village, Namibia. 

The manufacturer has secured a loan of $525 million to build two glass factories. It is 70% of the total $750 million needed for the construction, infrastructure and raw materials sourced from around South Africa, including Namibia and Botswana. 

Simon Kapenda, Founder of Groot Glass, said: “We have assembled the world’s best technology and engineering companies from Germany, Italy, Ukraine and the USA such as Heye International, MSK, Sorg, Horn, Zippe, Grenzebach, Siemens, Techmash, Specstrojmontazh-Ukraina, and others for the supplying of equipment, technology, engineering and construction of the Groot Glass Manufacturing Factories in Tses. 

“We have also assembled the world’s best team of professionals mostly from India, Germany, South Africa and Italy with more than 600 years of combined experience in glass manufacturing, technology and engineering, who are tasked for the smooth production and operations of Groot Glass.

“Our aim at Groot Glass is to produce and market the world’s quality glass products for the local and regional markets.”

A European banking institution will loan the manufacturer $525 million. The remaining $225 million (30%) will need to be financed by equity funding, of which the manufacturer is currently in discussion with private investors. The total funding of $750 million will give Groot Glass a value of about $20 million.

Eikana Nangolo, President and COO of Groot Systems, said: “We are just happy to help make an economic contribution to our country and create thousands of better paying jobs for our fellow country citizens, throughout Namibia.”

Groot Glass will initially focus on manufacturing glass for the construction industry and commissioning two different glass factories, Groot Container Glass and Groot Float Glass.

The construction of the two factories in Tses is expected as soon as the manufacturer has secured the required 30% of equity funding. More than 650 construction workers are needed during the construction, which will last for about 24 months for the Groot Container Glass factory and 36 months for the Groot Float Glass factory.

Verallia Zaragoza inaugurates furnace during 50th anniversary celebration


Verallia Zaragoza has inaugurated a new furnace after a €21.5 million plant modernisation.

The furnace can produce 1.5 million containers a day, or more than 190,000 t/d of molten glass. It is mainly dedicated to the production of beer bottles.

A ceremony took place on Friday, June 29, in which Verallia President and General Director, Michel Giannuzi, General Director of Verallia Spain and Portugal, Paulo Pinto, and plant manager, Eulogio López, were among the 200 attendees.

Mr Giannuzzi said: "Verallia is strongly committed to the beverage and food sector in Spain.

"A competitive and dynamic sector, which has recovered strongly from the crisis, innovating and betting on new markets, with a clear exporting vocation."

Mr Pinto, wanted to "thank the entire team, for their commitment, daily improvement and pursuit of excellence, safety, quality and customer satisfaction."

The event was chaired by Ms. Marta Gascón, Minister of Economy, Industry and Employment of the Government of Aragon.

The site is dedicated to the production of beer, wine, cava and liquor bottles.

Verallia Zaragoza has two furnaces and the new oven will reduce emissions by 9%. 

The speciality of the plant is its flexibility to be able to manufacture containers in 12 different glass colours.

Verallia Iberia has six glassmaking plants in Spain: in Azuqueca, Burgos, Montblanc, Zaragoza, Seville and Telde. 

Zippe secures two orders from Thailand


Zippe has secured two orders from Thailand for a glass recycling plant and a batch plant.

The contract with Siam Cullet Co. includes a recycling plant including metal and non-metal separation, organic separation, ceramic, stone, porcelain separation (KSP), as well as colour sorting. 

The capacity amounts to 30t/h whereby the plant can be extended up to 45t/h at a later date. Zippe designs and delivers complete plant control systems, all main components such as the screen and magnet technology as well as the optical sorting machines.

The customer will supply the conveying belts as well as the steel construction. Commissioning is planned for the end of 2018.

Zippe has also received an order from Siam Glass in Ayutthaya for the extension of a batch plant.

The company received an order in 2011 from Siam Glass for the original batch plant. The batch plant supplied a 660t/day furnace, built in 2012. Siam Glass plans to build a second furnace and extend the batch plant.

Due to the significantly reduced cullet share compared to the original design, two new bigger mixers will have to be installed in the batch plant, while the dosing and weighing plant will have to be adjusted due to the significantly reduced cullet share compared to the original design. 

A new batch plant transport as well as a complete internal cullet return with two scrapers for the new furnace, SGA#2, are also included in the scope of delivery.

Both furnaces will produce amber colored bottles for Siam Glass’s own energy drink, M-150.

Commissioning furnace SGA#2 is planned for July 2019.

AGC Glass plans transformation of 120-year-old float plant


AGC Glass Europe is looking to the future as it plans to transform its 120-year-old Boussois plant in France. 

The Belgian glass producer recently held its 120th anniversary ceremony for the plant.  

Alexandre Coppens, Plant Director, said: “As a float producing plant, the next logical step for us would be to evaluate the possibilities of expanding our activities to new types of products.

“We would like to be a plant of transformation.

“This will of course depend on market evolution and the strategy of our group but we are convinced that we have a bright future ahead.”

The Boussois plant produces Planibel Clearlite, which is an extra clear glass with a high light and energy transmission. Its special feature is the side of the glass, which is perfectly clear.

The plant also produces Planibel Clearvision, a regular clear glass, and XXL glass sheets up to 16 metres long. Its oxygen combustion furnace uses low energy consumption and emits low carbon dioxide emissions.

Mr Coppens explained: “Extra clear glass [is the plant’s strength].

“We also have a hot oxygen furnace, which is for sure something very special.

“The plant produces a high quality of glass, it is well located and perfectly controls different colours.

“This plant is known for its big sizes [of glass] and extra clear glass.”

AGC has faced its fair share of challenges with the Boussois plant over the years, one of which was the financial crisis in 2008. 

Mr Coppens said: “Several actions were taken during the crisis.

“In the case of Boussois, we had to stop the B2 [float line], which we then restarted in 2010, and then the B1 [float line] for three years, which we restarted last year.

“The years of partial activity were frustrating.

“But now we finally have two lines operating and all our workers are working.

“So it’s the end of a long, difficult period.”

Pictured: AGC Boussois plant

Vidrala signs renewable energy contract


Vidrala has signed a renewable energy contract for its Marinha Grande plant in Portugal. 

The agreement with the Acciona company covers the supply of renewable energy from July 1, 2018 to 31 December 31, 2019.

All the energy supplied to Vidrala will be of 100% renewable origin and will avoid 40,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year during the 18-month contract period.

“Working with such an important client as Vidrala will allow us to grow our renewable energy marketing effort in Portugal and highlight, once more, the competitiveness of renewable energy solutions that also help to reduce he carbon footprint of the companies we supply”, says Acciona Green Director Santiago Gómez Ramos.

Photo: Acciona’s solar photovoltaic plant in Amareleja, Portugal.

Manufacturer installs Bystronic Glass production line


Metro Performance Glass has installed Bystronic Glass’ new B’JUMBO IG production line in Auckland, New Zealand.

The installation was part of the expansion of Metro Performance Glass. German flat glass supplier Bystronic Glass was chosen for its new Greenfields Tasmanian site. The investment was slotted into the existing 17250 m2 purpose built facility at the company’s head office in Auckland.

Alan Lim, Senior Sales Engineer of Bystronic Glass’ Southeast Asian subsidiary in Singapore said: “At a time when the industry as a whole is going through considerable change and development, we are confident of excellent prospects for our customers and know that our products and services have been geared for an evolving market. 

“At Metro Performance Glass we have installed solutions that will guarantee success.”

The B’JUMBO IG production line was the preferred choice for this installation, with its technically advanced capabilities that provide greater accuracy and faster output to cope with increasing market demands.  

Geoff Rasmussen, General Operations Manager at Metro Performance Glass, said: “During a tough economic climate that is dominated by continual change, the quality of build, reliability and support services are essential for us from a supplier.

“The Bystronic Glass team have been great to work with as they developed a rapport and worked with us throughout the whole process, from advising and commissioning the line to training our operators on the equipment post-installation.

“They gave us confidence in the company as a whole, performing to the highest of standards during our transition phase, which at times had challenging moments.”

It was essential for Metro Performance Glass to invest in greater automation and high-speed sealing that could easily handle an expanding product range, including double glazed units, laminated and coated glass, as well as toughened and heat soaked glass.

Mr Rasmussen said: “Now we are operational, we are very happy with the quality of the equipment we have purchased and the impact we will have on the industry will be considerable.

“We have clear advantages.”

Accommodating glass dimensions from 190 x 350 mm minimum and 3210 x 6000 mm maximum, the B’JUMBO system can produce insulating glass units or commercial units from 12-80 mm in thickness. 

Mr Rasmann concluded: “Based on achievements to date, we envisage continuing the strong connections we have with the Bystronic Glass team.

“The products, services and technical guarantees will provide us with the reassurances we require in order to further grow our business.

“This expansion programme demonstrates the company’s commitment to provide complete solutions for an expanding market.”

Achieving consistent production standards were an essential part of the manufacturer's decision process. The B’ JUMBO was considered superior due to its product quality, productivity, reliability and advanced manufacturing procedures. 

Pictured: Bystronic Glass B'JUMBO cleaner turner

AGC glass used in 30 sites for this year’s FIFA World Cup


The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is held in over 30 sites glazed by AGC Glass products.  

As part of the World Cup preparations in Russia, AGC supplied glass for over 30 sites that were built or remodelled specifically for the event. 

The glass manufacturer supplied glazing solutions for the construction of 11 stadiums. The sites have been upgraded to comply with applicable standards and sporting event regulations introduced by FIFA. AGC was careful to preserve the stadiums’ character and atmosphere.

The final game will take place in the same venue as the opening ceremony, at the national Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. The venue was completely revamped using AGC’s energy saving glass Planibel Top N+T on Clearvision. 

The site also incorporated Planibel Clearvision, a highly transparent low-iron glass selected for its aesthetic qualities and deployed in the façades, interiors and VIP lounges.

In total, AGC delivered 6,000 m2 of glass for the exterior façade and 2,000 mfor the interior walls and lounges.

Over 100,000 m2 of AGC glass has also been produced for other sites involved in this global event. This includes nine hotels (including apartment hotels), four international airports and the main railway station. The glass solutions include solar control, energy saving, laminated and decorative glass products.

Pictured: Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia

Borosil orders furnace for second plant


Indian glassmaker Borosil has signed a contract with Lisec for a second tempering plant.

Borosil has operated an Lisec Aeroflat furnace since 2017  but the repid development of the market and increased demand for tempered glass encouraged Borosil to invest in the furnace.

Borosil commissioned an Aeroflat 12/714FT2 designed to tempering 2mm thin glass. According to Lisec, the speciality about the acquisition is that Lisec will drive the project forward together with the customer.

The project’s aim is to increase the output of glass elements per hour. The new plant should be put in operation at Borosil in March 2019.

Lisec Sales Director, Christian Krenn, said: “Borosil has once again opted for LiSEC. On the one hand they ensure that processes are the same and they don’t have to gain knowledge to operate a new plant.

"On the other hand, they rely on a supplier and partner who will accompany them long-term and hence confirm that they are satisfied with the so far delivered products and services”

The contract was signed between Mr Krenn and Borosil Vice Chairman Mr. Kharuka and Borosil Wholetime Director, Mr. Ramaswami at a trade show in Munich recently.

Pictured: Lisec’s Christian Krenn with Borosil’s Mr. Ramaswami and Mr. Kharuka after signing the contract.

RHI Magnesita to invest €20 million in Chinese dolomite site


Refractory supplier RHI Magnesita is to spend €20 million to expand its Chinese dolomite site.

It said the investment in the Chizhou, Anhui Province, China, plant will help address global pressures in the supply of raw materials to the refractory industry and provide additional volumes to its customers worldwide. 

The Chizhou site includes a dolomite mine and raw material production as well as facilities for the production of dolomite-based finished products. 

Successful trials are already underway in the brick plant in Chizhou where it is planned to start production by the beginning of 2019. The raw dolomite mine is planned to resume operation by the end of 2019. The overall investment will eventually lead to the creation of 250 jobs. 

Stefan Borgas, CEO of RHI Magnesita, said: "After the completion of the investment, RHI Magnesita will be able to offer a fully integrated dolomite source in each of the big regions of the world to our customers and simultaneously offer dual sourcing options." 

"With this investment, we can offer our customers in Asia shorter lead times and provide additional capacity to customers in North America, Europe and Asia from local sources. It strengthens our presence and offering in a strategically attractive market for us long-term." 

The refractory industry as a whole is facing a number of challenges, particularly in relation to the supply of basic raw materials. Stricter environmental regulations in China have led to local plant closures, resulting in shortages of magnesite and dolomite, increases in raw material cost, and supply security issues. 

These developments have accelerated the shift from magnesia to dolomite-based products. The all-time high in stainless steel production has fuelled demand for refractory products and compounded the pressure on raw material supplies, creating challenges for all market participants. 

RHI Magnesita employs around 2,000 people at production sites in Dalian, Bayuquan and one production and raw materials site in Dashiqiao, all in Liaoning Province, China as well as at the head sales office in Shanghai. 

The company said growth opportunities in China arise primarily from the long-term consolidation of the Chinese market, which will lead to a shift towards high-grade refractories. 

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Verallia Design Awards in Portugal announces winner


This year’s fifth Portuguese edition of the Verallia Design Awards announced its winner.

Paulo Oliveira, from the Art and Design school of the Polytechnical Institute of Leira, won first prize for his Acrolea bottle. This long model stood out thanks to its shades-of-cannelle décor and special engravings on the shoulders and push-up.

The student design competition chose the theme 'Olive oil, as transparent as glass', as it is the basic ingredient in Mediterranean cuisine. 

A total of 79 projects competed and Verallia employees, customers and partners shortlisted ten projects. 

Verallia subsidiaries have organised the annual design competition since 2009. This year, the competition was organised by Spain, France, Italy, Portugal and Ukraine. 

Students and young art or design school graduates are required to design an innovative type of glass from a selected theme. The entrants also receive support from Verallia’s teams to familiarize themselves with the glass material and its demanding industrial requirements.

Encirc opens £40 million furnace


Encirc has opened its £40 million furnace at its glassmaking site in Elton, UK.

The 206m2 sized furnace will increase the container glassmaker’s capacity by 100 tonnes a day and was opened by UK secretary of state for business, Greg Clark.

Encirc Managing Director, Adrian Curry, said: “At a time when some are uncertain about the outlook of UK manufacturing, the investment in our new furnace represents a very strong commitment to our future by our Spanish-based parent company.

“We pride ourselves on using the latest technology which not only minimises our impact on the environment, but also helps increase efficiency in our supply chain.

"This new furnace will significantly increase our capacity to manufacture sustainable packaging, while our new railhead is reducing our road transport needs by one million kilometres per year, helping us cut annual carbon emissions by 245,000 kg.”

Encirc said the container furnace was the largest in the world and built in record time. The company is celebrating its 20th year of operation and was acquired by Spanish-based glass company, Vidrala, in 2015.

It has two facilities in the UK: the other is in Derrylin, Northern Ireland. It produces around a third of all glass containers in Britain.

The company said it uses up to 90% recycled cullet in the manufacturing process. The business employs more than 1,200 people.

Glass Futures, a non-for-profit organisation, which supports excellence, innovation and training in the glass industry facilitated the visit to Encirc’s plant. 

Richard Katz, Director of Glass Futures, said: “We were really pleased by the Secretary of State’s visit and we’re sure he was impressed by Encirc’s investment which demonstrates the positive future for the glass industry in the UK.

"By bringing the best research and industry brains together, Glass Futures, with Government support, will substantially contribute to achieving the UK’s environmental targets.”

Stölzle digitises its production processes


Stölzle Glass Group has introduced smart software solutions for its Austrian and Czech Republic production facilities.

The digitalisation project took one year to complete and allows users to access all relevant production parameters or machinery calibration data in real time through various mobile devices.

The company said it means employees and engineers no longer have to get the data from a desktop PC and save time. Also, production and efficiency analysis material can be generated effortlessly in order to identify potentials for improvement.

The software was installed at its Stölzle-Oberglas (pictured) in Koflach, Austria and its Stölzle-Union site in the Czech Republic. 

Stölzle-Oberglas manufactures 3.25 billion units of glass a year for the pharmaceutical, perfumery and cosmetics, spirits and tableware sectors.

Waltersperger changes ownership


French semi-automatic glassmaker Waltersperger has been taken over.

The Blangy-sur-Bresle glassmaker has changed ownership and is in the hands of Stéphanie and Adrien Tourres who own 100% of the business.

The takeover offer was validated by the Commercial Court of Dieppe, which had placed the company in judicial liquidation at the end of December 2017.

The Tourres name is well known in glassmaking. The Tourres family founded glassmaker Tourres & Cie Verreries de Graville, in Le Havre, France before selling it to the Saverglass group.

The new president of Verreries & Cristalleries Waltersperger is Stéphanie Tourres, who said the company will continue to serve the major perfume houses and develop in the spirits market because demand is high in these two sectors. 

The 100-year-old company, which generated €2.5 million in sales in 2017 with 30 employees, specialises in small-batch production of a few hundred pieces and complex, off-the-shelf bottles for perfumery and cosmetics, and spirits. 

glasstec celebrates successful preview


The glasstec Preview, which took place for the first time in Düsseldorf on 14 and 15 June 2018, created a new networking platform for exhibitors and journalists. 

Journalists from all over Europe met some of the top companies from the glass industry. glasstec's new press service offered participants the opportunity to make new contacts and to exchange information and news from the industry in one-on-one meetings. 

"For the 25th glasstec we have been working on several new ideas and concepts. This will be visible to everyone at the trade fair in the autumn.

"With the glasstec Preview, we had already set an example a few months earlier and provided the industry with an additional service tool," said a delighted Birgit Horn, Director of glasstec (pictured on the right).

The glasstec Preview 2018 offered the participating companies the opportunity to personally present their company and its news to the trade press. The innovations can be included in the preliminary reporting of the trade magazines before the trade fair.

 “The glasstec Preview was a great opportunity for us to announce our new products before glasstec and to expand our contacts with the trade press.

"Many representatives of trade journals and magazines from all over Europe, many known to us but also many unknown to us were gathered - perfect to reach our target group through direct contact with the trade press," stated Ingo Neuber (M.A.), Manager Pre-Sales, A+W Software.

Turkish glassworks uses Heye’s expertise


The latest greenfield glass container factory to enter production in Turkey has used Heye International’s manufacturing expertise. 

Bastürk Cam container glassmaker is located at the heart of the Malatya agricultural region of Eastern Anatolia. 

It was established to meet growing local glass packaging demand.   

The first phase of the recently commissioned glassworks features a 300 tonnes/day glass melting furnace, serving three Heye International 12-section SpeedLine IS machines.

The machines have been designed for 6 1/4in double gob operations and 4 1/4in triple gob operations installation, with short conversion times. Even a single gob production has been realised.

All three lines have been set up to make flint bottles and food jars.

At the cold end, Heye International has co-operated with Iris Inspection machines to deliver a combination of Heye SmartLine and Iris Evolution 12 and Evolution 5 quality control equipment solutions.  

The Bastürk glassworks brings valuable jobs to the town of Malatya, the 300 new recruits have been trained by Heye experts locally and in Germany.   

“We have combined the best engineering and manufacturing features to meet our customers’ highest quality needs” Bastürk Cam confirms.

“Focusing on harmonising with international standards and continuous improvement in all of our activities, the glassworks project aims to capture the success achieved by the Bastürkler Sirketler Group elsewhere around the world.” 

An interview with Bastürk Cam General Manager, Muhammed Yalcinkaya, appeared in the May 2018 issue of Glass International.

Şişecam acquires remaining half of Indian glassmaker


Turkey’s Sisecam Group has acquired a 49.8% share of its Indian subsidiary HNG Float Glass Limited (HNGFL).

The Indian group had owned the remaining half of HNGFL and has been a partner with the company since 2013.

Sisecam now owns 99.99% of the Indian company.

Şişecam Group Deputy Chairman and General Manager Prof. Dr. Ahmet Kırman said: “India, which is among the most attractive markets in the world in terms of potential for growth, has an important potential with glass demand rising parallel to the level of prosperity. 

“This move will accelerate our adoption of strategic initiatives by becoming our main shareholder in our Indian market investments.”

Şişecam acquires its second flat glass manufacturing facility in Italy


Şişecam has completed its acquisition of Sangalli Vetro Manfredonia facility in Italy. 

Trakya Cam Sanayii, a Şişecam flat glass manufacturer, has invested €15.7 million in a second facility in Monte Sant’Angelo, Italy and doubled its production capacity in the country.

Ahmet Kirman, Vice President and CEO of Şişecam said: “With this acquisition, our Group, Italy’s largest Turkish investor, has become one of Italy’s largest flat glass producers and it has strengthened its leadership in Europe.

“Our competence and capacity in flat glass operation in Italy will continue to increase with the acquisition of the Manfredonia plant. 

“We aim to expand our product range further by the help of those production lines, and we aim to be the largest manufacturer of architectural glass in Italy”.

The Sangalli Vetro Manfredonia is located in southern-Italy. It has a capacity of 190 thousand tonnes per year, a laminating line with 4 million m2 per year capacity, a coating line with 4 million m2 per year capacity and a satin coating line with 1.5 million mper year capacity.

Mr Kirman explained: “That acquisition has created synergy with our flat glass operations in Bulgaria and made a significant contribution to our competition capacity in Europe. 

“Both with its geographical location and its production capacity, the Sangalli Vetro Manfredonia plant will provide strategic advantage in terms of our flat glass manufacturing activities in Europe."

Şişecam operates in 13 countries and continues to grow through investments and employment. It has been operating in the chemical field in Italy for many years with Cromital SpA, its production facility for chromium compounds. The company started to produce flat glass in Italy when it acquired the Sangalli Porto Nogaro plant in northern Italy in 2016.

Mr Kirman concluded: “In order to reach our global strategic goals, we are assessing both organic and inorganic growth opportunities.

“We are continuously working to assess all potential opportunities, including acquisitions, joint ventures and other collaboration opportunities, in line with our investment policy based on sustainable growth and high performance. 

“The acquisition of the Sangalli Vetro Manfredonia plant in Italy is also a result of our long-term and value-creating sustainable growth approach and our work in this scope.”

Pictured: Şişecam flat glass facility in Italy

Fenzi introduces gen-rigid spacer profile


The Italian chemical specialist Fenzi introduces Multitech G, its latest-gen rigid spacer profile.

The new product is made of fiberglass-reinforced polymer and is enhanced with a special, entirely metal-free and transparent multi-layer barrier. The Glass Alliance labs engineered it to have superior insulating ability, reduced heating costs and an exceedingly elegant design. 

The spacer profile was developed by Alu Pro and Rolltech and is marketed around the world through the Glass Alliance Network.

Multitech G will ensure superior indoor comfort, excellent energy-efficiency and extremely low COemissions.

Fenzi aims to show leadership in the development of warm edge technology for high-performance IG units and competitive linear thermal transmittance performance.

The multi-layer barrier is distinctively transparent, which makes it possible to maintain the original colour of the space profile on all sides. It is ideal for architectural design, which calls for insulating glass units with two or more cavities.

The Multitech G also uses bending machines and special automatic equipment or traditional corner keys, which means it has extremely competitive pricing and exceptional processing ease. It comes in all most widely-used thicknesses (from 8 to 24 mm) and several colours, including black, light grey, titanium grey and white.

Pictured: Multitech G

This year’s ATIV XXXIII Conference to take place in Italy


The annual ATIV conference will be held in Parma, Italy on November 23rd at Santa Elisabetta Congress Centre.

The Italian Glass Day XXXIII Conference will focus on the technological developments of flat and hollow glass furnaces. It will be held on the Parma University campus.

Alessandro Bandini, President of ATIV, said: “It will deal with the main topics concerning furnaces, such as the use of refractories for various types of glass and furnace, the designing of furnaces intended also as control, sustainability, consumption, energy saving in furnace operation, filtration systems and treatment solutions and pertaining regulations.”

There will be a professional development course held on November 22nd, prior to the conference. The topic will be on the use of fused cast refractories for various types of glass and furnaces. The day will be hosted by two experts from the ATIV Board of Directors, with the presentation and support of two of the most well known companies producing refractories.

For the first time since the creation of Associazione dei Tecnici Italiani del Vetro (Association of Italian Glass Technologists), this year ATIV has set up an award for the best research presentation by a young technologist or researcher under 35. The association is accepting topics that lie outside the main focus of the conference. It will also be offering particular fee reductions when more than two participants from the same company are registered.

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