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Self-cleaning glass innovation released

A recent innovation from AGC Interpane, Planibel Easy self-cleaning glass makes window cleaning easier. The durable pyrolytic coating of the glazing uses the UV radiation in sunlight to break down dirt in five to seven days.

The self-cleaning function has been independently tested and confirmed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films (IST) according to EN1096-5. In the rain, the special coating distributes the water especially evenly across the glass and allows it to run off more easily, so that it also dries faster.

Management changes at PSR

After 44 years at UK-based Parkinson-Spencer Refractories Ltd, including 33 years as Managing Director, David Parkinson has decided to stand down in favour of his son Simon Parkinson, who has taken over as Managing Director. PSR is a family business with a history dating back as far as 1800 and this sense of stewardship for the benefit of future generations has ensured its continuity to date. David Parkinson’s daughter, Joanne is also involved in the business as Commercial Director and Company Secretary. With the assistance of a strong and supportive management team, Simon and Joanne Parkinson become the eighth generation to manage the company since it was founded in 1800 by Caleb Spencer. David Parkinson retains a part time role as Chairman.

Private equity firm acquires Verescence stake

Stirling Square Capital Partners has entered into exclusive negotiations with funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management LP to acquire its entire stake in Verescence. Verescence is a global leader in glass packaging manufacturing for the perfumery and cosmetics industry. Across its three glass production and four decorations facilities in Europe and North America, the company produces over 500 million bottles every year. In 2017 VERESCENCE employed 2,300 people across the globe and registered sales of over 280 million Euros.

Furnace project for Chile glass container plant

Chilean family glass packaging business Cristalerias Toro SpA plans to build a production line outside Santiago de Chile in Lonquen. The operation will feature a HORN glass melting furnace, which will produce 300 tons/day via three forehearths.

The HORN Glass Industries scope of supply includes planning and delivery of the refractory materials, as well as complete equipment for heating, measurement and control, boosting the batch charger for the furnace, distributor and forehearth. The forehearths come with automatic cooling flap control, which makes it possible to set the temperature profile automatically after a setpoint specification of the drop temperature.

WorldStar award for Stölzle Glass Group

UK-based Stölzle Flaconnage has gained international recognition for its Highland Park – The Dark bottle at the 2018 WorldStar Awards. The bottle was successful in the beverages category, after the judges were impressed with the design and technical execution of the bottle.

Only 28,000 feeder black whisky bottles were produced featuring prominent Viking runes embossing that harks back to the company’s Orkney base and the island’s Norse and Viking ancestry. The design was replicated from a bottle dating back to 1876 that showed the Viking symbolism.

Kopp Glass CEO

Dr Elie Saad has become President and CEO of Kopp Glass Inc, succeeding Grant Wirth, who recently retired after a decade at the company. Mr Wirth continues to serve the company as Chairman.

Dr Saad began his career with Mobay (Bayer) in the area of glass and ceramics research. Before joining Kopp, his most recent position was Head of Corporate Development at LANXESS Corp, where he served in leadership roles since the company’s formation in 2005. From 2006 until 2016, Dr Saad held foreign assignments in both Germany and Dubai, where his responsibilities were integral to top line growth, cost optimisation and increased profitability.