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Groundbreaking ceremony at Vetropack in the P?chlarn glass plant

Post Time:Jun 04,2012Classify:Industry NewsView:60

Exclusive production of thermally tempered glass packaging On 22 May 2012 the ceremonial laying of the foundation stone took place at Vetropack Austria’s P?chlarn glass plant for a new production hall, in which for the first time in the world and exclusively thermally tempered packaging glass is produced. Johann Reiter, managing director of Vetropack Austria GmbH and head of the Switzerland/Austria division and Dr. Petra Bohuslav, Minister of Economic Affairs for Lower Austria, broke the ground.At the end of 2012, the pilot plant for the thermal tempering of glass containers will be installed and then used in an industrial production process for the first time.Vetropack Austria – A pioneering spirit brings success “We are proud that the Vetropack Group has selected our Lower Austrian plant as the production site for this revolutionary technology", explains Johann Reiter. He continues: “This once again underlines the confidence in the know-how and commitment and performance of our employees as well as our farsighted, entrepreneurial pioneering spirit, which is indispensable for the commercial launch of a new technology”.Revolutionary processFor more than 80 years flat glass has been thermally toughened for use as safety glass. As the world’s first manufacturer of glass container production equipment As the world’s first glass container manufacturing equipment, Emhart Glass, a division of Bucher Industries, succeeded in also giving packaging glass the properties of toughened flat glass. The new, patented toughened glass technology was developed at the Emhart Glass Research Center in the USA in its in-house glass production plant, which is solely used for R&D purposes. The revolutionary process permits either a significant increase in resistance to breakage or a reduction in the weight of packaging glass. In practice, both these properties will be combined as required. The process is predestined to significantly reduce the weight of returnable bottles, while maintaining the same filling capacity.In a drop test from a height of 1.5 metres on a hard surface, only very few filled bottles break, while conventional bottles do not normally survive such a test. Toughened glass containers can be recycled just like normal packaging glass.Emhart GlassEmhart Glass is the world market leader in highly developedtechnologies for the production and testing of glass containers. The range of products comprises glass forming and inspection machines, equipment, components and spare parts as well as advice and service for the glass container industry. In 2010, with about 870 employees, the division achieved revenues of CHF 259 million. At the end of June 2011, Emhart Glass acquired a 63% equity stake in Sanjin, the Chinese market leader. In 2010, Sanjin, with its around 1,200 employees, achieved revenues of about EUR 40 million.Vetropack GroupThe Swiss Vetropack Group is one of the leading producers of packaging glass in Europe. With production plants in Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia and in Ukraine, Vetropack has an excellent position within the Eastern Europe market and, with its seven glass plants and a total of 16 furnaces, a production capacity of over 4000 tonnes of glass packaging per day.In financial year 2011, the Vetropack Group achieved consolidated revenues of CHF 589.4 million (€ 477.8 million). Sales amounted to 4.17 billion sold units of glass packaging. The positive market environment allowed the Vetropack Group to place the sales focus in all markets on packaging glass with higher added value. Moreover, it managed to again build up deep stocks in order to be able to respond more flexibly to market needs. As at the end of 2011, the Vetropack Group had 2,971 employees.Press picture (form left to right): Lower Austrian Chamber of Commerce / district office Melk: Dr. Andreas NunzerLower Austrian Chamber of Commerce: KR Ing. Renate Scheichelbauer-SchusterMayor of P?chlarn: Ing. Alfred BergnerMinister of Economic Affairs for Lower Austria: Dr. Petra BohuslavManaging director of Vetropack Austria GmbH: Johann ReiterHead of Technics and Production Vetropack Group: Dipl. Ing. Günter Lubitz 04.06.2012, Vetropack/vetropack.at

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