It was in 2005 that Russian glass packaging specialist ‘LLC Glass Factory January 9’ acquired its first Evolution 12 machine from IRIS Inspection machines. In the subsequent 14 years, a strong relationship has developed between the two companies, with eight camera-based cold end inspection machines having been installed at the Vyshniy Volochek glassworks, located between Moscow and Leningrad. This includes both Evolution 12 and Evolution 5 systems for sidewall/sidewall stress and base/finish/base stress inspection respectively.
Michael Hammond has been promoted to Manager, Technical Support for the quality and technical services team at Vitro Architectural Glass in the USA. Providing technical support and direction to members of the Vitro Certified Network programme, primarily in the areas of product application and process training, he will also take a leadership role in managing Vitro Glass product stewardship initiatives such as environmental product declarations and company participation in the Cradle to Cradle Certified products programme.
Ardagh Group, Glass – North America has partnered with Mountain Culture Kombucha to introduce a 12oz glass bottle design that features a convenient, twist-off cap. In the non-alcoholic craft beverage world, easily resealable 12oz clear bottles are the most popular. In an effort to differentiate its products, Mountain Culture Kombucha chose to package its product in a 12oz amber glass bottle that would offer UV protection for the live organisms within the kombucha.
Over the past 60 years, the General Assembly of the United Nations has recognised important global initiatives and their contributions to society, with declarations of United Nations International Years. Against this background, an international groundswell has developed to pursue a United Nations International Year of Glass for 2022 that will underline the technological, scientific and economic importance of glass.
Sisecam has commissioned an $18.2 million furnace at the group’s Mersin glass packaging plant, raising the group’s total production capacity in Turkey to 1.3 million tons. The 80,000 tons annual production capacity furnace is equipped with the latest Industry 4.0-compliant technology.
Today, Sisecam is the world’s fifth largest glass packaging manufacturer, with 10 production sites in four different countries. In Turkey, where the group operates 12 furnaces and plants at Bursa, Eskisehir and Mersin, manufacturing capacity has been increased by 30% in the past three years.