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Creating a foldable glass revolution

Creating a foldable glass revolution

A flexible ultra-thin glass for foldable displays and flip phones, Xensation Flex is Schott’s latest glass answer to the needs of the consumer electronics industry. Initially invented as a rigid, high performance cover glass, Xensation Flex proves that strength can also come with the ability to bend. The broad portfolio enables designs that have never been possible before or to offer industry-leading features in set drop performance or strength.

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15/05/2020

Silver status awarded in sustainability audit

With 58 out of a maximum possible 100 points, Gerresheimer is currently among the top 6% of companies evaluated by EcoVadis in the sector of pharmaceutical suppliers and medical technology. In 2018, Gerresheimer succeeded in making the leap from bronze to silver rating with 46 points in the annual EcoVadis evaluation. In 2019, however, the company improved within this rating to 58 points.

EcoVadis is a sustainability assessment platform. The methodology is based on international CSR standards such as the Global Reporting Initiative, the United Nations Global Compact and ISO 26000 and takes into account 198 purchasing categories and 155 countries.

Published: 
15/05/2020

Lighter and more sustainable beer bottle introduced

Lighter and more sustainable beer bottle introduced

Ardagh Group has created a sustainable 500ml glass bottle for the Polish ‘Specjal’ beer brand from the Żywiec Group. The new bottle, together with a refreshed label design, not only emphasises the local character of the beer but is also considered more environmentally-friendly.

The Specjal brand places great emphasis on the importance of regionality, including local traditions and co-operation with suppliers, all in the region of Elblag. As a result, new icons have been incorporated into the labelling, depicting the Elblag Specjal Brewery, the malthouse, the local barley used in the beer, the printing and engraving of the signature of local brewers and the city's coat of arms.

Published: 
15/05/2020

Wine sector backs Close the Glass Loop partnership

Wine sector backs Close the Glass Loop partnership

The European wine sector is to collaborate with the glass packaging value chain to achieve the target of collecting 90% of all glass packaging placed on the EU market, for recycling in a bottle-to-bottle closed loop, by 2030. The Comité Européen des Entreprises Vins (CEEV) and its members are committed to improving the environmental and sustainability performance of the wine sector, while preserving its competitiveness.

Partnering with Close the Glass Loop is a signal that despite particularly challenging times due to the Covid-19 crisis, the circular economy remains a key priority for the sector.

Published: 
12/05/2020

£1.5 million project funding secured

£1.5 million project funding secured

Researchers at UK-based Glass Technology Services have secured funding as part of the Innovate UK ‘Transforming Foundation Industries: Fast Start Projects’ funding call for a number of projects as part of a wider consortium of companies.

Four project bids were successful in receiving over £1.5 million to deliver the new projects. Awarded by Innovate UK and UK Research and Innovation, the aim of the funding is to bring businesses from different foundation industries together to work on common resource and energy efficiency opportunities.

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12/05/2020

Photovoltaic product adopted for Tokyo gateway station

Photovoltaic product adopted for Tokyo gateway station

An AGC Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) product has been adopted for the recently opened Takanawa Gateway Station in Tokyo, Japan. Under its ‘Global Gateway Shinagawa’ concept, Takanawa Gateway Station has its sights set on being the world's gateway to Tokyo and is positioned as a launching point for new ideas, including the introduction and proof-of-concept testing of state-of-the-art station facilities.

As part of this initiative, AGC's Sunjoule series, which combines photovoltaic performance with glass's natural benefit of realising bright spaces, was adopted in the station to achieve a balance of both design that ensures good natural lighting together with the ecostation strategy promoted by JR East, which incorporates environmentally-conscious technologies.

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12/05/2020

Diversified international glassmaker records strong performance

Diversified international glassmaker records strong performance

Sisecam’s first quarter results show that 33% of revenues were generated from flat glass, 24% from glass packaging, 22% from chemicals, 16% from (household) glassware and the remaining 6% from other operations. Total revenue increased by 18% compared to the same period in 2019 to TRY4.6 billion, while gross profit was up by 16% at TRY 1.5 billion, with a margin of 32%. 

Total flat glass revenues fell by 1%, due mainly to lower sales volumes and pricing, although operations in Turkey remained relatively strong. In comparison, revenue and profitability in Europe fell due to a continuing downward trend in flat glass prices, reduced architectural glass sales volumes and a decrease in encapsulation revenue.

Published: 
08/05/2020

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