Glass industry sets priorities for new product development

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Pressure on glass manufacturers to offer faster, cheaper new product development (NPD) is driving new investment in the sector, from design software...

Pressure on glass manufacturers to offer faster, cheaper new product development (NPD) is driving new investment in the sector, from design software to short-run trialling options.

At its Alloa plant, which serves the Scottish whisky trade, United Glass (UG) has installed the UK industry's first flexible production facility (FPF). As part of a £4.5m rebuild of its furnace, the company has re-engineered the forming machines to allow up to four different jobs to be run simultaneously from two machines. Each of these four jobs can be fed into a separate 'cold end' inspection and palletising area. According to UG, this facility allows distillers to trial new containers faster, without incurring significant mould costs.

Meanwhile, as part of a continuing £12m investment plan, Beatson Clark has installed the latest AutoCAD computer-aided design software, which can give customers a 3D photographic-quality image of a container under development.

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