Libbey Introduces New Soda Lime Glassware Production Process
Libbey Inc. recently introduced a new glassware manufacturing process. The nearly 200-year-old company invented a state-of-the-art process from furnace and forming to finishing that reportedly results in brilliant and strong soda lime glassware. The new stemware and tumbler collection, called Perfect Signature™, will be available to retail markets later this year.
The introduction of this collection represents the culmination of nearly two years of research and development, planning, installation, and testing of new production equipment. At the heart of the innovation is the company’s ClearFire™ glass formula, which was developed by Libbey’s professional glass makers.
“This is a truly defining moment in our company’s history, and one that calls for celebration,” said Stephanie Streeter, CEO. “These innovations and capabilities and this collection complement our existing full tabletop product portfolio with truly exceptional, high-end stemware and tumblers with characteristics typical of traditional handmade crystal. We are especially proud to be manufacturing this product line in the U.S. This is a shining example of our Own the Moment strategy.”
In 2013, Libbey announced an investment in its Shreveport, La., manufacturing facility to develop and install new production equipment, including a furnace, to produce superior glass. To date, approximately $30 million has been invested in the state-of-the-art process that allows Libbey to produce high brilliance soda lime glassware with the company’s new ClearFire formula. According to the company, the glassware has superior clarity, is more durable, more brilliant and the cleanest glass produced by Libbey with less production emissions and 30% less iron. The innovative process and formula will allow Libbey to produce a full line of new glass tableware designs and shapes.
“We have made a significant investment in our company to be able to produce the highest quality glassware manufactured in the U.S.,” said Tony Gardner, chief commercial officer. “We are proud to be leveraging our innovation, producing the most brilliant and durable glass in the U.S. and assuring supply chain efficiencies to our domestic customers. This Made in the USA Perfect Signature collection of stemware and tumblers will allow expansion of Libbey products into higher-end glass tableware markets. Consumers will see the new collection first in Bed Bath & Beyond® retail stores this fall.”
Driven by consumer preference for elegant and durable stemware, the new high brilliance glass collection will feature thin rims, tall stems, a flat foot, and unique shapes. The manufacturing of the new glassware is anticipated to reach full production by the third quarter of this year and is expected to launch in select retail and foodservice markets later this year, with a broader roll out planned for 2016.
Additional information is available at www.libbey.com.