Goos Kers, Batch and Furnace Manager at O-I Benelux says, “When the trainees visited the plant, most of them had absolutely no idea how glass packaging is produced. Consequently, we were delighted to show them the collaborativeand artisan nature of glassmaking and the passion O-I has for the craft. During the visit, the trainees were amazed to find out the potential the material poses for innovation and how O-I’s premiumization capabilitiesallows us to respond flexibly to customer needs and trends. We hope that this was useful to the trainees and that it inspired them to choose glass as the future packaging of choice.
Oscar Faber, Manager Courses and Training at NVC: “Not all packaging producers are able or allowed to open their doors for external parties. Nevertheless, plant visits like this one present a great way for our trainees to see theory put into practice. That’s why we appreciate the longstanding collaboration with O-I and the insights into the world of glass packaging they share with our participants.”
Sustainability gains importance
During the visit to O-I, the trainees learned more about the process of ordering a bottle, the technical design challenges of glass packaging, the lead time and transport. They were also given the opportunity to ask questions about the material and its production.
“What is striking is that, when we have visitors to the plant,we receive more and more questions on the environmental benefits of glass", says Sacco Jansen,Account Manager Food & NAB Packaging at O-I Benelux. “Sustainability is becoming increasingly important for end consumers, and therefore for packaging producers. At O-I, we have several programs running with the objective to increase the sustainability of glass. This includes working with trade organizations to stimulate and promote glass recycling in The Netherlands and educating the wider public about the benefits of glass."