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R&D facility accelerates collaboration potential

AGC has completed an R&D building at the Yokohama Technical Center (Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama) at a total cost of approximately 20 billion yen. The facility houses a collaborative creation space called ‘AO (AO/AGC OPEN SQUARE)’, established to accelerate internal and external collaboration.

The project is based on a concept of beng a place for seamless internal and external integration, response and collaboration.

It is expected to significantly improve the speed of R&D through the consolidation and integration of the R&D functions related to basic technology, new products, processes and facility technology, which had previously been dispersed in two locations.

Published: 
26/11/2020

Keeping molten glass flowing smoothly

Keeping molten glass flowing smoothly

In order to overcome the challenges faced by the glass industry during the Covid-19 pandemic, the SORG Group has been required to learn and adapt quickly to a different way of operating.

Recently, one of the group’s customers – ISANTI Glass in South Africa – had to instigate a strict lockdown and dramatically reduce tonnage from its furnace in the short-term.

This led to a frozen glass melt in the throat area, which can cause a blockage and other critical defects. Therefore, the furnace had to be stopped as a precautionary measure and started again as quickly as possible, to ensure minimal loss of revenue.

Published: 
26/11/2020

Sustainability credentials confirmed

Sustainability credentials confirmed

The Stoelzle Glass Group has been awarded GOLD status by the ECOVADIS platform, important recognition of the glassmaker’s steadily increasing efforts and measures undertaken in the field of sustainability in recent years.

Stoelzle ranks within the top 4% of all glass manufacturers assessed by Ecovadis. “We are proud about our promotion to the Ecovadis Gold status” said Georg Feith, CEO of

the Glass Group. “This remarkable rating results clearly from our success in reaching a couple of important sustainability milestones, such as the certification according to ISO5001 and ISO14001, the publication of our second GRI based Sustainability Report, our Group-wide Code of Conduct, as well as the successful implementation of a Sustainable Supply Chain Management.”

Published: 
26/11/2020

Slovenian glassmaker invests in batching technologies

Slovenian glassmaker invests in batching technologies

Slovenian glass packaging manufacturer Steklarna Hrastnik has incorporated EME technology within its latest investment project.

The upgraded batch plant and cullet return system allows Steklarna Hrastnik to incorporate innovative approaches within its production.

This improve glass quality and provides a more environmentally-friendly production facility. In addition to guaranteeing the technical performance of the equipment, EME focused on minimising spillage and dust emissions throughout the plant.

www.eme.de

Published: 
26/11/2020

Fire-resistant glass portfolio acquired

Fire-resistant glass portfolio acquired

AGC Glass Europe has acquired the Etex portfolio of OEM customers in the German market for fire-resistant glass.

Etex is a multi-national group that manufactures and sells sustainable materials and solutions for the construction and industrial markets, including the Promat brand of insulating and fire-protection materials.

This market, in which Etex has acquired a leadership position as a producer and distributor of fire-resistant glass, primarily comprises German designers and manufacturers of industrial doors that provide passive fire protection.

www.agc-glass.eu

Published: 
26/11/2020

Molten glass ultrasonic degassing technology

Sialon Ceramics Ltd and Aktive Arc Ultrasonics sarl have announced a breakthrough in ultrasonic molten gas technology that can reduce energy costs by 20% and reduce the environmental impact of glass manufacture.

The process uses an innovative ultrasonic generator and a proprietary ceramic sonotrode to treat large volumes of high viscosity molten glass at temperatures of up to 1600oC.

The ultrasonic gas melt degassing technology increases process efficiency, reducing the refining temperature and saving up to 20% of the energy cost.

Published: 
26/11/2020

R&D recruitment drive underway

R&D recruitment drive underway

The Glass Futures Global Centre of Excellence, a proposed UK research, development and training facility, is already delivering on employment commitments, having successfully recruited for several key positions.

The drive has seen 12 members of staff and secondees appointed in key managerial roles, including a Technical Director along with General, Innovation and Partnerships and Finance Managers, with more positions ready to open up as part of the phase two jobs’ drive that will continue well in to 2021 and beyond.

Published: 
26/11/2020

Indian production capacity increased by 25%

Indian production capacity increased by 25%

Schott AG has recently inaugurated a pharmaceutical glass melting tank at its Gujarat facility in India, involving an investment of approximately €25 million.

The latest tank will help to increase the plant’s production capacity by 10,000 tonnes to reach an annual capacity of 40,000 tonnes.

The furnace has been constructed within a year, enabling a 25% increase in the facility’s overall production capacity, to support the pharmaceutical industry, which faces unprecedented demand for pharma packaging products.

The melting tank is a part of the company’s commitment to invest over €47 million at its Indian facility and to double capacity for producing the highly specialised FIOLAX tubing material for both domestic and export demands.

Published: 
18/11/2020

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