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Second site allows expansion at inspection solutions specialist

When industrial premises became available immediately behind the headquarters of IRIS Inspection machines on the outskirts of Lyon, it was too good an opportunity to miss for business expansion. To accommodate a growing order book and following refurbishment, the extra space has allowed the French inspection solutions specialist to relocate its production/assembly operations and spare parts department into a dedicated building.

Most promising launch award recognition

The O-I : EXPRESSIONS service has been named ‘Most Promising Launch’ by The Oscar De L’Emballage (Oscars of Packaging) Awards. This service allows brands to turn their glass packaging into a canvas through digital printing. Unveiled in early September this year, the service responds to growing demand for late-stage differentiation by offering customers the opportunity to create highly personalised and customised glass packaging.

The award was presented at the recent Oscars De L’Emballage Awards ceremony in Paris.

University of Cambridge joins Glass Futures consortium

Glass Futures has been boosted by the news that the University of Cambridge is to join the consortium. An initiative partnered with British Glass, this collaboration between industry and academia looks to increase productivity and sustainability and reduce carbon emissions in the glass industry. Cambridge joins Leeds and Sheffield Hallam universities in Glass Futures, which also includes industry partners such as Pilkington UK, Swarovski, O-I, Siemens, Encirc and Guardian Industries.

IoT platform transforms Piramal manufacturing operations

Piramal Glass has deployed Microsoft’s Azure IoT platform to digitally transform its manufacturing operations. An early adopter of the technology, the diversified glass packaging producer has implemented the Real-Time Manufacturing Insights (RTMI) solution on 46 production lines across its four plants at Kosamba and Jambusar in Gujarat, India, in Sri Lanka and in the USA. These plants have an combined capacity of 1375 tons/day, with 12 furnaces and 60 production lines.

Australia’s float producer set for new ownership

CSR Ltd has agreed to sell its Viridian Glass business to Crescent Capital Partners. Viridian operates the only float glass manufacturing line in Australia and New Zealand, as well as downstream glass processing operations. The transaction includes the Viridian site at Dandenong, Victoria, although CSR will retain the property at Ingleburn, NSW, which will be leased by the glassmaker.