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World Beverage Innovation Award recognition

O-I received the ‘Best Bottle in Glass’ award at the World Beverage Innovation Awards during Brau Beviale exhibition. The World Beverage Innovation Awards celebrate excellence and innovation of brands, products and suppliers across every category of the global beverage industry Unveiled this September, O-I : EXPRESSIONS allows brands to turn their glass packaging into a canvas through digital printing, responding to growing customer demand for late-stage differentiation.

NSG plans USA float plant investment

NSG Group has selected the location for a float glass production facility in the USA. The Troy Township plant in Ohio will support the group’s plan to expand production capacity of online TCO (transparent conductive oxide) coated glass to support the growing solar market.

Construction will begin in early 2019, with the plant expected to be operational in the second half of 2020.

O-I purchases interest in Empresas Comegua

Owens-Illinois Inc has acquired a 49.7% interest in Empresas Comegua SA from Fabricación de Màquinas SA de CV, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vitro SAB de CV. Empresas Comegua is the leading manufacturer of glass containers for the Central American and Caribbean markets. The business serves many of O-I's global strategic customers and various segments including food, soft drinks, beer, spirits and pharmaceuticals. Operations include two glass manufacturing facilities - one in Costa Rica and another in Guatemala.

ICG President named

Professor Alicia Durán has been elected President of the International Commission on Glass. The ICG is an association of scientists and technologists, research centres, universities and companies, whose main objective is to promote and stimulate understanding and co-operation in the fields of glass science and technology, as well as in glass history and art.

Batch reformulation presents cost savings and environmental benefits

UK-based Glass Technology Services Ltd has demonstrated that reductions in CO2 emissions, combined with significant cost savings, may be possible for glass manufacturers through batch reformulation. Carried out in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University, the EnviroGlass project proposed that substantial savings may be possible and has successfully demonstrated proof of concept for the substitution of raw materials with waste streams from other sectors - reducing energy demands, emissions and waste and contributing towards the circular economy.