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Ardagh Poland receives employers’ award

Ardagh Group Poland has been recognised as a ‘Work-Friendly Employer’. The Polish glass operation was one of 22 companies recognised by NSZZ ‘Solidarność’, Poland’s largest trade union. The award is granted to employers by employees and was presented by Polish President, Andrzej Duda. The aim of the awards is to promote employers who are best in class with regard to compliance with labour laws, safety standards and the right to form trade unions. 

Environmental declaration for architectural glass

NSG Group has received Japan’s first Environmental Product Declaration for architectural glass products, including float glass, double-layered glass, laminated glass and toughened glass) from UL, an international certification organisation in the USA.

Harmonised with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), an international certification system managed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) to evaluate the environmental performance of buildings and based on ISO 14025, the EPD describes the product’s environmental impacts from mining of raw material to product shipment

Smart inspection equipment sales boost

The Evolution NEO series of smart inspection machines has received widespread acceptance from the international glass container industry in recent months. IRIS Inspection machines reports 154 planned and completed installations to date, assisting the non-contact, automatic inspection specialist to gain customers and market share.

Evolution NEO’s ability to discriminate intelligently between saleable and non-saleable containers has been widely appreciated, together with its simplified adjustment procedures and reproducibility features. In addition, glassmakers benefit from the equipment’s Industry 4.0 readiness, with the availability of intelligent data for process improvements.

Stölzle-Oberglas reinforces green energy credentials

A huge rooftop photovoltaic system has been installed by glass packaging specialist Stölzle-Oberglas on eight warehouses in Austria. Supplied by local company Oekosolar PV, each of the eight PV systems has a nominal output of approximately 200 kW peak, so a total of 1.6 MW peak, which corresponds to 25% of the electrical power required by the glass plant at peak times.

Separately, a waste gas heat exchanger commissioned in 2015 feeds waste heat from the factory’s two melting furnaces into the district heating network of Energie Steiermark. This compensates for 4300 tonnes of CO2 every year.

Global R&D framework for automotive on-glass antennas

AGC has been an industry leader in the research, development and production of automotive on-glass antennas for over 40 years. Recently, the group has commissioned anechoic chambers at its R&D facility in Gosselies, Belgium, thereby completing a tri-polar R&D framework for automotive on-glass antennas in Japan, the USA and Europe.

In the future, cars will be equipped with devices such as cameras, LiDARs and sensors. They will need to be connected both to each other and have communicative functionality that delivers V2X, connecting cars to all other things. In these circumstances, automotive glass is playing an increasingly important role as an antenna/gateway for radio wave transmission and reception.

Luxury crystal batch plant order

One of the world’s most prestigious mouth-blown crystal glass producers has placed an order for a ZIPPE batch plant. France’s Cristalleries de Saint-Louis manufactures traditional, ornate and elaborately decorated crystal glass that is polished, engraved and decorated with 24 carat gold or platinum, alongside a series of modern designs.

The ZIPPE batch plant will deliver seven tonnes of mixed raw materials in five hours with manual silo charging. Also supplied will be three container scales and a mixer, plus the transfer to manual transport containers in which internal cullet can be discharged as well. Two crushing plants are placed next to the batch plant, one for precrushing large crystal glass and the other for crushing to the necessary grain size.

Vetropack reports record sales

In a booming market, Vetropack Group increased its net glass packaging sales by 9.4% in the 2018 fiscal year, reaching CHF 690.7 million. Unit sales rose over the same period by 1.8% to 5.16 billion units.

The group’s consolidated EBIT improved by 22.3% compared with the previous year, reaching CHF 78.4 million. The EBIT margin, at 11.3% of net sales, was well above the previous year’s figure of 10.1%. These trends were the result of ever-increasing production capacity, improved production efficiency and a market environment that remained consistently positive.

Furnace Solutions speakers confirmed

Furnace Solutions and the preceding SGT Training Day will again be held in Stoke-on-Trent, UK on 5 and 6 June 2019. A full programme of speakers has already been organised for the Furnace Solutions Conference on 6 June. EME’s Sebastian Woltz, for example, will discuss the challenges facing a batch plant supplier when a batch plant is upgraded.

Virtual reality has become a part of everyday life and Chris Sorsby from British Glass will introduce delegates to a system developed for virtual machine training. Separately, Fives Stein’s Andy Reynolds will speak about refractory corrosion, prediction and prevention when electric melting.