Thai Glass Industries: more than 60 years of activities

2016-04-20 | Containers

This article takes us through the history of glass manufacture – in ancient and modern times – and the importance of more than 60 years of production of Southeast Asia’s leading glass container manufacturer – Thai Glass Industries.

Thai Glass Industries: more than 60 years of activities
Glass container manufacture – the beginnings
The history of bottle-like containers can be traced back to 1500 BC in the Middle East, with bottles being made in Egypt, Syria and Greece. The blowpipe and glass-blowing were discovered in the 1st century BC, probably in Syria, and led to much faster production of bottles with a greater variety of forms obtainable.
The Roman Empire period up to the fifth century AD was very rich in bottle production; glass-blowing made it possible to produce bottles of thinner glass and smaller sizes for various uses.
In Arab centres such as Damascus, bottle making was common in the Middle Ages. Venice and Altare, near Genoa, were the principal European centres of glass production from the 13th century, followed by France and England in later centuries.

(Mr. Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi Chairman of BJC Group and Khunying Wanna Sirivadhanabhakdi Vice Chairman of BJC Group)

(Dr Chirayu Issarangkul Na Ayuthaya, Director-General of the Crown Property Bureau Chairman of the Board of Directors of TGI, 1994-97)

(Aswin Techajareonvikul Chairman, Thai Glass Industries Public Company Limited, present)


Modern bottle production
Modern bottle production began in Europe in the 18th century, when new forms were developed and the dark-glassed cylindrical bottle was adopted, the common type used today for drinks such as beer and wine. In 1821, Englishman Henry Ricketts invented a system to produce bottles with a hand-operated three-part mould, a system that enabled mass p...












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