Schreuder’s keynote presentation was part of the Future Glass Forum, that focused on Industry 4.0 in container and hollow glassmaking. “Although we work and live in the twenty-first century, the container glass industry seems to be stuck in the past, caused by conservatism and the fear for new developments and/or changes in general”, according to Schreuders. “As a result, as of today and especially in comparison to other industries, the container glass industry is not nearly effective enough and is slowly but surely losing their competitiveness to other packing materials. Only a clear and convinced focus on sensor technology, closed loops and robotics, especially in the hot end forming phase, can improve the industry.
I am convinced that the container glass industry can do up to 25% better than today: making better bottles, being less dependent on employees, using less energy and less raw materials. My plea is not about future developments: we are doing this right now, in several factories in the world already. It is all about proven technology.”