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Zeiss Research Award winner named

Zeiss Research Award winner named

Jian-Wei Pan, Professor at the University of Science and Technology of China, in Hefei, is the winner of the prestigious Zeiss Research Award 2020. He is one of the world's leading researchers in the field of quantum technology.

One of the most remarkable results of Jian-Wei Pan's research is the distribution of entangled photons over a distance of 1200km, by far the longest distance ever reached. He achieved this using a light source that is installed on a satellite and emits entangled photons. Entangled photons can be used in conjunction with quantum cryptography to enable two parties to exchange a secret key.

If a secret key is exchanged, it can be used to encrypt an email or secure a bank transfer.

Published: 
21/04/2020

Growing support for ‘Close the Glass Loop ‘ initiative

Growing support for ‘Close the Glass Loop ‘ initiative

The European umbrella association representing public responsibility for waste, Municipal Waste Europe is partnering with ‘Close the Glass Loop, the industry stewardship programme for glass packaging initiated by FEVE.

The platform has the objective to achieve a post-consumer glass container collection target of 90% and to ensure that this is recycled into the container glass production loop to come back as new packaging.

Published: 
17/04/2020

Annual industry showcase announced

The Glass Focus Awards 2020 will take place on 12 November to celebrate the achievements and success of the UK glass industry and its supply chain. Organised by British Glass, the awards will provide a platform to shine a light on the very best designs, workers and initiatives from the glass sector. Awards will range from design of the year to sustainable practice, with a full list of categories and criteria to be announced in the coming weeks. The awards are open to everyone across the glass supply chain.

The Glass Focus 2019 Awards were presented at a specially organised event in Sheffield. The accompanying photograph shows last year’s winners.

Published: 
17/04/2020

Returnable version of iconic cola glass bottle

Returnable version of iconic cola glass bottle

Ardagh Group has worked closely with German cola brand afri cola to produce a returnable one litre glass bottle, to meet the popular cola brand’s consumer demand for more glass packaging.

afri cola was established in Cologne, Germany in 1931. In the 1960s, the brand introduced a 200ml ergonomically designed glass bottle shape, that has since become a brand symbol.

A 330ml glass bottle followed in 2015 and now, the one litre glass bottle is also based on this iconic shape.

The white ‘palm tree’ brand logo is printed directly onto the glass using ceramic screen printing. Two main cola flavours will be launched in Germany in April 2020; afri cola and sugar-free afri cola ohne zucker.

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Published: 
17/04/2020

Joint venture for flat glass recycling in France

Joint venture for flat glass recycling in France

Material solution company Sibelco and waste collection and logistics group Mineris Environnement have created Recyverre, a joint venture for the collection and recycling of flat glass in France. In turn, Recyverre has acquired GIREV, one of France’s leading recyclers of flat glass. The combined entity will employ approximately 70 people.

The joint venture brings together Sibelco’s flat glass recycling capabilities at its site in Crouy (Aisne, France) with Mineris’s expertise and capabilities in flat glass collection and transportation.

Published: 
17/04/2020

Schools recycling learning activity returns

The Glass Guardians educational programme has returned for a third year, giving UK parents direct access for the first time. A new version of the nationwide curriculum-linked activity programme that last year saw over 150,000 primary school children and 1000 schools take part, has been launched by British Glass and the National Schools Partnership in order to help parents who are home schooling their children. 

Glass Guardians, which educates children about the 100% recyclability and sustainable benefits of glass packaging, will have a superhero theme this year.

It will again include a competition element to encourage five-eleven year old pupils to get creative as they learn about the importance of glass recycling. 

Published: 
17/04/2020

44TH ASEAN GLASS CONFERENCE POSTPONED

The ASEAN Federation of Glass Manufacturers (AFGM) has postponed the 44th ASEAN Glass Conference in Thailand until 2021, with the Glass Manufacturers Industry Club, The Federation of Thai Industries (GMFTI) remaining the host. Originally due to be staged in 2020, AFGM Chairman Thai Tran Quoc and the individual Chairmen of the member associations made the decision due to the ongoing global Coronavirus outbreak.

With Glass Worldwide as exclusive official journal, the AFGM is now in its 43rd year as a regional industry association composed of glass manufacturers in South East Asia.

Published: 
15/04/2020

Additional operational measures taken across North America

Additional operational measures taken across North America

In the light of rapidly evolving market conditions, Libbey has announced a series of additional actions it is taking in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Temporary actions announced by the international glass tableware manufacturer include implementing a pay reduction for all salaried associates in the USA and Canada through September 2020.

This includes a 25% base salary reduction for CEO Michael Bauer, 20% base salary reductions for executive officers and other vice presidents and 10% to 15% salary reductions for all other impacted associates. The Board of Directors has also reduced its cash compensation by 25%. 

Published: 
14/04/2020

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