Consol Glass: new bottle manufacturing plant opens in response to market demand

2012-08-20 | Company news

Consol is the largest glass manufacturer in Africa; its list of blue-chip customers include South African and international companies that operate and demand world-class service. Consol benchmarks itself against international best practice for all.

Consol brand has a proud heritage, which today remains synonymous with some of the world’s premium packaged goods
The beginnings
Consol has existed since May 1946 when it was incorporated as Consolidated Glass Works Limited and set about building a flagship factory in Wadeville, Germiston. In reality, though, Consol got its start in January 1944 when a young Johannesburg finance company – Anglovaal – acquired a pioneering glassworks in Pretoria. Pretoria Glass was the foundation on which the Consol of today was built.
For many years, Consol stayed true to its origins and produced only glass containers and tableware. Even its own employees referred to it as ‘Cons Glass’. In 1954 it merged with its only rival, Union Glass of Talana, near Dundee in Northern Natal, founded in 1918 and for most of its history, a subsidiary of South African breweries. In 1956 Consol built a new glassworks at Bellville in the Cape and in 1964 opened a factory in Gwelo to serve Rhodesia, today’s Zimbabwe. In 1982 a sixth glass factory was opened in Clayville, Midrand - Gauteng.
Together, these glass plants made up a network through which Consol satisfied most of Southern Africa’s needs. Production and sales were coordinated from Consol’s head office in Wadeville.
Consol also started to reposition itself as a multifaceted packaging group with the addition of plastics in 1962 and paper in 1980.

The Consol brand

After 60 years of activity, Consol remains a resolute and robust brand, delivering superior glass packaging and impacting positively on people's lives, daily. The Consol brand can be described as d...


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