Owens-Illinois, Inc. Eyes Holzminden Plant for Major Innovation

Owens-Illinois, Inc. Eyes Holzminden Plant for Major Innovation

Highly flexible production line as next step towards commercialization of revolutionary glass-making technology

Holzminden -- Owens-Illinois, Inc. (NYSE: OI), the world’s largest provider of glass packaging, announced today it is earmarking its plant in Holzminden, Germany, for installation of a new furnace with all-new glassmaking technology. The company first announced plans for an additional furnace last month. Based on the company’s MAGMA technology, and along with a highly flexible production line, it is planned to be situated at O-I’s existing factory in Lower Saxony. 

Revealed for the first time in November last year, the MAGMA technology has been successfully operating on a pilot line at the company’s US plant in Streator, IL. The new equipment in Holzminden represents the next step towards full commercialization by scaling up the production volume and allowing the company to increase testing intensity and scope. 

MAGMA is a breakthrough initiative to reimagine glassmaking with transformational technology and new processes. This O-I innovation will allow for ultra-flexible glass production that can be expanded rapidly and at low capital intensity. “Innovation and technology are key cornerstones of O-I’s business strategy,” said Vitaliano Torno, President of O-I Europe. “The MAGMA technology enables us to define a new way of making glass to better serve our customers and bring more options and flexibility to production.”

This  investment would create new jobs, offering career opportunities to those who are eager to make sustainable products that positively impact our communities. A natural product that is infinitely and completely recyclable as well as frequently reusable, glass is the most sustainable packaging solution.

Reiner Zinnecker, manufacturing leader at O-I Germany, concluded: “It is great news that our highly flexible and technically advanced plant has been selected for such breakthrough technology. We are excited to be at the forefront of driving innovation in the glass industry. Our team of highly-skilled employees is eager to play a key role in achieving O-I’s vision for the future of glassmaking.”

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About O-I  

At Owens-Illinois, Inc. (NYSE: OI), we love glass and we’re proud to make more of it than any other glass bottle or jar producer in the world. We love that it’s beautiful, pure and completely recyclable. With global headquarters in Perrysburg, Ohio, we are the preferred partner for many of the world's leading food and beverage brands. Working hand-in-hand with our customers, we give our passion and expertise to make their bottles iconic and help build their brands around the world. With more than 26,500 people at 77 plants in 23 countries, O-I has a global impact, achieving revenues of $6.9 billion in 2018. For more information, visit o-i.com.

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At O-I Glass, Inc., we love glass and are proud to make more of it than any other glass bottle or jar producer in the world. We elevate products by creating sustainable packaging with emotions, transforming brands into icons, transcending the day-to-day to create meaningful, magical moments. We help food and beverage brands fully express themselves so they can build an emotional bond with consumers. Globally headquartered in Perrysburg, Ohio, our team of more than 27,500 employees at 78 plants in 23 countries worldwide has achieved revenues of $6.7 billion in 2019. We are dedicated to make what matters, to step-by-step shape a healthier and more exciting world. For more information, visit www.o-i.com.