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University of Cambridge joins Glass Futures consortium

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.

“We are delighted to have the expertise of our colleagues at Cambridge on board” commented Dave Dalton, British Glass CEO and Principal Co-ordinator of Glass Futures. “They will bring the best of their knowledge and innovation to aid the drive of Glass Futures.”

IoT platform transforms Piramal manufacturing operations

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.

Australia’s float producer set for new ownership

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.

Schott glass-ceramic named ‘Brand of the Century 2019’

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’.

“With Ceran glass-ceramic, Schott not only invented the black glass-ceramic cooktop panel but also ushered in a new era of modern cooking” says Jörg Wingefeld, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for the Cooking Division at Schott. “The glass-ceramic material has not only been produced in Germany for almost 50 years but is also constantly being further developed.” For example, a Ceran glass-ceramic cooktop panel no longer has to be black but also comes in other colours and can be printed in colour.

Impact index released

The MMAAZZ division of Masitek Instruments and Vidrala SA have jointly released the Vidrala Impact Index (VII) and corresponding measurement capability using smart in-line sensing technology. The recently developed impact index, which can be measured using MMAAZZ ShockQC sensor technology, allows glass packaging operations to further optimise their lines against breakage and damage from impact during processing.

Sisecam symposium discusses the future of glass

Sisecam Group recently hosted leading names from the global glass industry at its 33rd Annual Glass Symposium, attracting 525 glass professionals to discuss the industry’s future and new technologies. Vice Chairman and CEO Professor Ahmet Kırman drew attention to the rapid development of the functions and the use of glass products in his opening speech. “Scientists and industrialists who work continuously to expand the boundaries of the glass industry state that this century will be the age of glass” he said.

AB InBev invests to improve glass recycling

Anheuser-Busch InBev will invest $250,000 in Closed Loop Fund projects to improve glass recycling capabilities, in order to make further progress towards the company’s 2025

sustainability goals. The Closed Loop Fund is a social investment fund that supports comprehensive recycling programmes across the USA, with the aim of accelerating the development of circular supply chains.

This investment will help fund three glass recycling projects in Texas, the first of which will be announced in early 2019.

AB InBev says that the projects will help increase the amount of recycled glass used at its Longhorn production facility, helping it achieve its commitment to use 100% majority recycled or returnable packaging by 2025.