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Excellence and leadership merit personal award recognition

Casse Rose, Director of Quality for O-I's Americas North operations, has been named as a recipient of a Manufacturing Institute annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Production (STEP) Ahead Award in the USA. She has been selected for demonstrating excellence and leadership.

"Being part of O-I has given me tremendous opportunities professionally and personally" she commented, having worked at O-I for 21 years. "I have worked at five different US plants and held various plant positions including Shift Supervisor, Line Leader, Quality Manager and Plant Manager. It's a challenging and rewarding industry and I am honoured to receive this recognition."

ICG Summer School set for Montpellier

Details of the 11th International Commission on Glass Summer School in Montpellier, France have been released by the organisers. This year’s scientific programme takes place on 8-12 July 2019 and will address ‘Glass formation, structure and properties’ and ‘Hazardous waste vitrification’. An impressive set of lectures has been lined up for the event, featuring leading glass-focused experts from the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Japan and the UK.

Coca-Cola invests in returnable glass bottling

Coca-Cola European Partners Germany is investing approximately €30 million on a new glass bottling line in Mannheim, according to The line is expected to start operations later this year.

The returnable glass system has the capacity to process up to 60,000 bottles every hour. It will fill carbonated drinks in returnable glass bottles for supply to the Mannheim region in south western Germany. Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite and Mezzo Mix, as well as the sugar-free versions of each, will be packaged in 0.2 litre, 0.33 litre and 0.5 litre glass bottles at the facility.

Vitro invests in automotive glass strengths

The Vitro Board of Directors has approved an investment of $60 million in new technologies for its automotive glass business. The investments will be focused on North America to reinforce the glassmaker’s leadership position, supplying both OEM and aftermarket customers.

“The auto industry is being disrupted” said Adrian Sada, CEO of Vitro “and our investments include a series of technologies aimed at aligning our capabilities to become the supplier of choice for advanced auto glass solutions in windscreens, coatings, laminated sidelites and sunroofs.”

Owens-Illinois upgrades Reims plant

More than €50 million is being invested by Owens-Illinois to modernise its Reims glass container plant in France. "This is a strategic investment to strengthen our position in the Champagne business" commented Francois Pierrot, Country Group Executive, Southwest Europe, for O-I. "We will be able to serve our customers in the premium segment even better, with improved flexibility at the plant and within O-I's overall manufacturing network in France."

Float furnace inaugurated in Indonesia

PT Asahimas Flat Glass recently inaugurated its latest float glass furnace in Cikampek, Indonesia. This is the company’s second furnace at the Cikampek site, increasing manufacturing capacity to 720,000 tonnes/year. It has been built for an investment of JPY 17,250 million and will start commercial production this March.

The ceremony was performed by Indonesian Minister of Industry, Airlangga Hartarto, along with West Java Vice Governor, Uu Ruzhanul Ulum.

Danger of severe 'no tariff' damage to £1.3 billion sector

British Glass, representative body for the £1.3 billion UK glass manufacturing industry and its supply chain, has warned that the sector could be so damaged by rushed Government proposals for zero tariffs if there is a no-deal Brexit that it might never recover. Together with the Manufacturing Trade Remedies Alliance (MTRA), British Glass is fighting a proposal from International Trade Minister Liam Fox to introduce ‘most favoured nation zero tariffs’ on all goods imported into the UK and called for Parliamentary scrutiny before the measure goes ahead.