Ardagh Group is a global powerhouse for glass vessels, geared for a variety of beverage and food products. In the United States alone, Ardagh Group Glass-North America operates 13 glass facilities and a state-of-the-art distribution center, employing 5,000. So how can such a big company seem approachable for a craft brewery looking to bottle their beer for distribution? Check out the video above.
It details how Ardagh Group Glass-North America serves all types of customers (big and small) with a personal touch, producing eight billion glass containers throughout the United States and the world every year. The company doesn’t just sell bottles. It offers services in packaging design, filling line efficiency and sustainable development. It also supports glass containers throughout the supply chain, ensuring vessels run seamlessly through the filling process and end up as high-quality filled beer products.
It’s the company’s Vision4Glass process that brings knowledge of advanced glassmaking techniques and aesthetic sensibility to every project big or small. Ardagh’s product design team’s portability allows it to work with customers anywhere, and after a design is completed, the company offers photo realistic renderings and a selection of prototype models to bring the package to life. That’s on top of 3D modeling software, a finite element analysis process, excellent sculpture embossing software and a development machine that allows for samples and smaller runs.
Plus, glass is 100 percent recyclable. Consider this: On average, people open seven items of packaging a day. That is around 140,000 over a typical lifetime. Ardagh Group notes it has made a company-wide commitment to sustainability by reducing the use of raw materials, optimizing energy consumption, managing waste and water and decreasing greenhouse emissions. All the company’s U.S. facilities are ISO 14001 certified. It’s also the only U.S. glass maker in North America to earn the ENERGY STAR plant certification for superior energy performance from the EPA.
Learn more about the company in the video above. We certainly enjoy working with them.