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Soda ash is one of the world’s most abundant natural resources. Additionally, it is one of the most basic industrial chemicals and an integral component of many everyday products. It has a wide range of applications in several different industries, including glass. About half of all soda ash is consumed by the glass industry: flat glass for the housing, commercial building and automotive industries as well as container glass for consumer products. Other glass-related uses include lighting, fibreglass insulation, glassware, display screens for consumer electronics and solar panels. However, in recent years, the soda ash market has seen extreme volatility. Events in 2020 set the stage for today’s soda ash industry. There was a sharp decline in demand in 2020, followed by a strong recovery in 2021, to the point where demand in 2021 exceeded that prior to COVID. The soda ash market has, however, experienced extreme volatility in recent years, not least as a result of the conflict in Ukraine. According to market experts, this volatility may continue into the new year, but the market will stabilise towards the middle of the year after a period of turbulence. That is very welcome news for our industry, indeed.

More than 80% of the total container glass demand is derived from the beverage packaging industry. The fortunes of the container glass industry are therefore closely tied to the fortunes of the beverage packaging industry. In most countries, the growth of the beverage market has led to a steady increase in the demand for glass containers, but Yogender Singh Malik notes that container glass producers face intense competition in some subsectors of the beverage industry, including PET bottles and metal cans. Through his review, we can gain a better understanding of how the container glass manufacturers are surviving and sometimes even thriving.

The Zippe company is among the world’s leading manufacturers of batch and cullet plants for the glass industry. For more than 100 years, it has designed and implemented more than 600 batch plants and more than 1,000 cutting plants in accordance with customer requirements. Philipp Zippe, CEO, Zippe takes us behind the scenes of a company that consistently delivers on its promises for more than a century in this issue’s exclusive interview.

Last but not least, as the year comes to an end, we at Asian Glass would like to express our gratitude to all of our readers, as well as to all of our advertisers, contributors, and well-wishers. You have been an integral part of our success – and we owe it all to you. Here’s wishing you a happy and prosperous year in 2023.

Enjoy the read.
Isaac Hamza

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