FEVE celebrates its 40th anniversary

FEVE – the European Container Glass Federation has elected a new executive team for the 2017-2019 term of office. FEVE celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, representing today 60 corporate members belonging to approximately 20 independent corporate groups with 160 glass packaging manufacturing plants  across 23 European countries.
Johan Gorter, CEO of Ardagh, has been elected as President of FEVE, sided by Jean-Pierre Floris, Chairman and CEO of Verallia Group, as Vice-President.

Today, the container glass industry is a pioneer of the EU circular economy. In the last fifteen years, bottle-to-bottle glass recycling has increased by 139% throughout Europe. Some 1.5 million bottle banks are available across the region and an average of 74% of Europe’s glass is collected for recycling, marking the success of separate collection for glass introduced in Europe in the 1970s.
The industry is also an important contributor to the European economy. Every year over €600 million are invested in energy efficiency, decarbonization and upgrades over the 160 manufacturing plants across Europe, contributing to maintain a total of 125,000 direct and indirect jobs. Investments in innovation help to modernise production processes and to produce glass bottles that are 30% lighter than 20 years ago, while still maintaining their product preservation qualities, recyclability, and innovative design.


Glass industry reduces emissions and increases recycling

The European Container Glass Federation (FEVE) carried out a new European glass packaging Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to benchmark industry performance against previous data published in 2009.
Compared to the previous LCA study, data prove major progress has been made by the container glass industry in terms of recycled content, saving of virgin raw materials, energy consumption and emissions reduction.
The study provides a very detailed and representative picture of the European industry average performance.  It is not based on a cherry-picking of best-performing cases. It covers 84% or 17.5 Mtons of the Year 2012 European sold volume of packed container glass (72% in the previous study based on Year 2007 data) and 219 furnaces across Europe (205 in 2007). All glass production technologies and bottle colours have been assessed. The study was peer reviewed by a panel of LCA experts, including the chairman of the ISO TC207/SC5 Life Cycle Assessment. The full inventory of inputs and outputs for the production of an average glass bottle is available.
LCA methodology helps to measure some key environmental indicators. The FEVE LCA for container glass (i.e. bottles and jars) analyses each step that goes from extraction of raw materials, to making, delivering, and disposing of the container glass.  Overall, the FEVE LCA demonstrates how closed-loop recycling has a high positive impact on the sustainability of glass packaging. The LCA helps the glass industry to understand its current environmental footprint and this will act as a benchmark for future improvements.


The methodological report and Life Cycle Inventory are available for download on FEVE’s website under privileged access. To register for downloading, clich HERE.

Focus on logistics and intralogistics

image[3]REVIPACK N.º 230 features a report about the new beer bottling plant of UNICER and its new automated warehouse. This major industrial investment includes technological solutions from KHS (bottling lines), warehouse automation (EFACEC) and drives (SEW-EURODRIVE).
This edition is focused on logistics and intralogistics. Why wood pallets continue to be preferred? The answer lies in the combination of quality, price and sustainability, says Paulo Verdasca, manager of MADECA. CHEP highlights the economic and environmental advantages of collaborative transportation.
However, there is also a market for plastic pallets, with specific solutions as those developed by NORTPALET and IPS-Cabka.
Palletizing is more than just put the product on a pallet. This edition of REVIPACK also highlights strapping systems and stretch wrapping films. REMBALCOM has developed a new stretch film with stretching capacity of 400%.
In the field of intralogistics, this issue highlights several conveying solutions. ANTÍPODA, for example, is doing more and more business within the European market with modular solutions customer designed.
In this edition, REVIPACK also features several innovations and trends in food packaging, packaging machines and labeling and coding systems.
The digital REVIPACK edition (PDF file) has been sent to Subscribers. To read it online just on the cover image.

Glass recycling rate over 70% in Europe

The average glass recycling rate in the European Union have passed the 70% mark, reports FEVE, the European Federation of Glass Containers Manufacturers, based on 2012 estimates. Over 25 billion bottles and jars were collected throughout the European Union in 2012 to make new bottles. The savings in virgin resources could build two Egyptian pyramids.
Recycling means that less virgin materials are needed despite market growth. Between 1990 and 2012, EU consumption of products packed in glass increased by 39% in Europe. Glass recycling increased at the much quicker pace of 131%. As a result there is a big reduction of raw materials, CO2  and energy used to produce new bottles. Available industry data show a distinct decoupling of industry growth from resource demand and environmental impacts:  189 million tons of raw materials saved; and 138 million tons of waste have not gone to landfill thanks to recycling.
More needs to be done to improve the quality of collected glass that can be effectively recycled in a circular economy, as well as to collect the remaining 30% of used glass that currently is wasted.

Global Glass Packaging Market 2013-2023

In its recently lauched report Global Glass Packaging Market 2013-2023, Visiongain (UK)assesses the glass packaging market will reach $36.8bn in 2013.
The global glass packaging market is growing and has recovered from the global financial recession from a production stand point at least. The glass packaging market as a whole is a mature sector. However, certain subsectors within the wider market are posting growth rates that would be more associated with a dynamic market.
Glass will always hold a market position in the mix of other packaging materials but this position is slowly being challenged further by plastics. Over the next ten years the landscape of the packaging industry will change and glass will take a step back as plastics move forward, and this will be most keenly seen within the beverage industry. Glass will however solidify its image as being a luxury item and any product wishing to portray an image of sophistication and value will choose glass above all others.
Most growth within the glass packaging industry will be posted by the emerging economies. The emerging markets hand are finding their feet and embracing the luxury and import markets which they can now afford and glass is placed extremely well within these markets to take advantage of this increased demand.
More information on the report is available HERE.

Ardagh to acquire Verallia North America

imageArdagh Group has agreed with Saint-Gobain to purchase from it the entire issued share capital of Verallia North America (VNA), for approximately 1700 USD / 1 275 EUR million, six times VNA’ EBITDA.  The transaction is subject to US regulatory approval and is expected to close later this year. VNA (Muncie, Indiana) is the second largest glass container manufacturer in the US, after Owens-Ilinois.  It produces approximately 9 000 million containers annually from its 13 facilities located throughout the United States and employs approximately 4,400 people.  VNA has annual revenues of approximately 1 621 USD / 1 200 EUR million. VNA represents 31% of the global Verallia turnover (3 600 million EUR, in 2011).

Verallia is currently (before the Ardagh agreement) the second largest global manufacturer of glass containers (25 000 million bottles in 2011) for the food and beverage industry, with around 15 000 employees, industrial presence in 14 countries, sales presence in 47 countries, and six research and innovation centers. With this agreement with Ardagh, Verallia leaves the North-American market, but keeps its position in Western Europe (Germany, França, Italy, Spain, Portugal), the Eastern factories (Ukraine, Russia) and the Latin American presence (Argentina, Brazil and Chile).

The Ardagh Group, based in Luxembourg, is a global producer of glass and metal packaging. After completion of this transaction, it would operate 113 facilities in 26 countries, employ some 22,000 people and have global sales exceeding €5 400 million. 

Light blue for "green wine"


Verallia Portugal has started the production of light blue glass bottles for Aveleda, the leading producer and bottler of ‘Vinho Verde’ (literally ‘green wine’, meaning ‘young wine’). Aveleda is a family company with a long background since 1870 and is still owned by the Guedes family. ‘Casal Garcia’ is, since 1939, the main brand of Aveleda and well known in more than 60 countries.
The light blue bottle goes well with this ‘serve chilled’ white wine and the tradicional blue label of Casal Garcia.
Verallia Portugal, with production facility in Figueira da Foz (Portugal) is part of Verallia, the glass packaging business of the Saint Gobain group.