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SGD Pharma plans major plant investment

The SGD Pharma group is to invest more than €20 million to rebuild a glass melting furnace and modernise production at the Sucy-en-Brie site in France. After a 12 year campaign, the furnace will be completely rebuilt, enlarged and elevated to the same level as the site’s second melter. This work, which will require a change to the building’s superstructure, will allow a 10% reduction in energy consumption, as well as a reduced environmental footprint, with a 10% reduction in emissions to the environment.

Scottish DRS will have damaging consequences

British Glass, the body representing the £1.6 billion UK glass sector, says it is “deeply disappointed” by the Scottish Parliament’s decision to bring in a deposit return scheme (DRS) for recycling that includes glass. “We have been warning for a long time that the system will have damaging consequences for the UK glass manufacturing sector” commented Dave Dalton, Chief Executive. “The UK sector has led moves to increase recycling through investments in infrastructure and communications.

43rd ASEAN Glass Conference dates

Headed by its Chairman Emmanuel R Alcantara, the Glass Manufacturers’ Association of the Philippines has announced that the 43rd ASEAN Glass Conference will take place on 14-17 October 2019 in Mactan, Cebu, in the Philippines.

With Glass Worldwide as official journal, leading personalities from South East Asia’s regional glass communities will come together to meet their peers and international suppliers. The theme for the conference will be ‘Glass: Inspiring new frontiers of development’. Further details will follow shortly.

Energy savings and CO2 emission reduction quantified

Commissioned by Glass for Europe, a TNO study finds that nearly 30% of Europe’s building energy consumption for heating and cooling could be saved in 2030 if all buildings were equipped with high performance glazing. The TNO study is a quantification of both energy and CO2 savings that can be realised for heating and cooling of buildings thanks to high performance glazing across the 28 EU Member States in both horizons 2030 and 2050.

Best corporate citizen recognition

Owens Corning has been ranked No 1 in Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best

Corporate Citizens list for 2019. This is the fifth consecutive year the company has been named in the list, the ranking for which is based on 134 corporate disclosure and performance factors in seven categories: Climate change, employee relations, environment, finance, governance, human rights and stakeholders and society.

Gerresheimer names Chief Financial Officer

Dr Bernd Metzner has taken up the position of Chief Financial Officer at Gerresheimer AG, having been Chief Financial Officer of SDAX-listed Ströer SE & Co KGaA since 2014.

After studying business administration in Siegen, Germany, completing his doctorate and starting his career at a law firm, Dr Metzner held various management positions in finance at the Bayer Group between 2002 and 2011. Among other roles, he was responsible for co-