Gerresheimer Essen installing new furnace for amber glass production

The amber glass furnace at Gerresheimer’s Essen production unit is being replaced after 11 years of service. Replacement operations are expected to take six weeks, and the new furnace will satisfy all statutory requirements of exhaust gases and air purity, and has a completely sealed melting basin to improve energy efficiency.

Gerresheimer Essen manufactures more than one billion glass containers every year with its two furnaces – one for transparent and one for brown glass. These two furnaces supply the production lines day and night with molten glass gobs that are processed into all kinds of glass containers. This spring the 11-year-old brown glass furnace will be replaced by a new one.
The furnace replacement project is provisionally scheduled to last for six weeks. “The replacement of a furnace is a special event at any glassworks. We’re all going to be helping out to ensure that the new furnace can be installed in record time,” said Dr. Jürgen Unruh. The new furnace will be used in the production of brown or “amber” glass as it is known. This investment in a technically new furnace increases the plant’s productivity and helps to safeguard jobs there.
Gerresheimer’s customers can count on punctual and reliable deliveries will, however, be ensured by Gerresheimer Group’s eight production plants for moulded glass around the world, with three of these located in Germany – in Essen, Lohr and Tettau.
The new furnace satisfies all statutory requirements of exhaust gases and air purity, and it has a completely sealed melting basin to improve energy efficiency.
Gerresheimer Essen specializes in the production of glass articles for the pharmaceutical industry.
The plant manufactures syrup bottles, moulded bottles, droppers, tablet jars, cream jars, injection vials and infusion bottles for the pharmaceutical industry. The catalogued product range currently includes several hundred products. Custom-made products are also manufactured.