Glass manufacturing has an age-old tradition: it is believed to have been first produced in Egypt. Since then processes have constantly evolved from craftsmanship to today’s high-tech industrial processes and the number of glass types and applications have multiplied.

Glass is a sustainable, fully recyclable material which provides great environmental benefits such as saving precious natural resources, since it is made of abundant natural raw material such as sand and glass waste. The amount of solid waste produced by the glass industries during manufacturing is extremely low in the glass industries as almost all glass waste (cullets) are immediately recycled. Glass is also highly appreciated in many applications for its inert nature and its contributions to safeguarding people’s health and well-being: it preserves the taste and vitamins of food and beverages placed in glass containers and guarantees that they are not stained by the packaging. It is also commonly used in the pharmaceutical industry to preserve the properties of medicines.