INX International, North America’s third largest manufacturer of printing inks, recently signed an agreement to acquire Germany’s RUCO Druckfarben, A M Ramp & Co GmbH. The agreement is part of the future strategy of the long-established German company and it secures the succession of the current owners, the Menke family. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of the first half of 2020.
USA-based Anchor Glass Container Corp has announced that Chief Financial Officer Steve Jackson has left the company to join another organisation. Don Leclair, Anchor Glass Board Member, will assume the role as Interim Chief Financial Officer until a permanent successor to Mr Jackson is named. Mr Leclair will also remain a Director on the Anchor Glass Board.
One of Brazil’s leading glass container producers, Vidroporto has confirmed plans to expand manufacturing capacity in Brazil and has contracted the Fives industrial engineering group to undertake an important part of the project. The glassmaker intends to increase production to 370 tons/day at its Indústria Videira do Nordeste (IVN) site in Sergipe, Estância, north east Brazil. The project includes design, equipment and engineering services from Fives to upgrade the furnace’s electric boosting capacity, while also incorporating an additional high speed production line.
In December 2019, leading German flat glass processor Joh Sprinz GmbH installed the latest XXL JetScreen! LT 55/32 computer-to-screen system from Switzerland’s Lüscher Technologies AG. This further reinforces a working relationship between the two organisations dating back two decades.
With some 380 employees and based in Grünkraut, Joh Sprinz GmbH processes approximately 110 tons of raw glass every day to manufacture shower enclosures, glass doors, exterior facades and other high quality special glass products.
One of the UK’s leading providers of recycling and resource recovery solutions, Enva, has joined the European glass packaging industry in calling to ‘Close the glass loop’ and improve the quality and quantity of glass collected. Enva - a major processor of glass - has warned of the dangers of removing dedicated bulk collections (bring banks) in favour of co-mingled kerbside collections, which can result in less material being of high enough quality to reuse in the manufacture of new glass bottles or jars.
Stoelzle Glass Group has recently opened a sales office in Cognac, France to strengthen the company’s partnerships with current and future customers in the local market. By maintaining a local presence and a dedicated Cognac sales team, the company can offer better visibility, faster answers and improved customer service.
Prestige glass spirits bottles and decanters are produced at Stoelzle Glass Group factories in the UK and Poland. In addition, a prestige standards range of bottles is available for immediate delivery and can be decorated to represent the company’s brand.
Chicago-based architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP has recently completed a 530m glass skyscraper in Tianjin, making it the tallest building in northern China and the seventh tallest in the world. All glass facades were supplied by CSG Holding, the largest architectural glass manufacturer in China and produced on machinery from Glaston.
An affiliate of Sun European Partners LLP has completed its acquisition of UK-based Allied Glass, a leading manufacturer of glass packaging containers for the premium spirits, food and drinks markets. With two manufacturing facilities and a dedicated decoration centre in Yorkshire, Allied is focussed on the short and medium production run segment of the market which values flexibility, a collaborative approach to innovation and high technical standards.