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.
Glass for Europe, the trade association of Europe’s flat glass sector, has welcomed the release by the European Commission of the ‘Clean Planet for All’ communication on a European strategic long-term vision for a climate neutral economy, which marks the start of an inclusive debate.
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.
Dr Bernd Metzner is to become Chief Financial Officer of Gerresheimer AG, taking up office at the latest in July 2019. Dr Metzner has been Chief Financial Officer of SDAX-listed Ströer SE & Co KGaA since 2014.
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.
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.
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.
Every three years, the ZEIT publishing group honours brands that have managed to become the worldwide standard for an entire industry. Schott Ceran is one of them and has recently been named ‘Brand of the Century 2019’.