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O-I Europe - The World’s Leading Glassmaker

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O-I is the world's largest glass container manufacturer, with more than 24,000 employees and operations in 21 countries. The $6.6 billion company is headquartered in Perrysburg, Ohio, U.S.A., and holds market leadership positions in each of the four regions in which it operates - Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America.
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O-I is the world's largest glass container manufacturer, with more than 24,000 employees and operations in 21 countries. The $6.6 billion company is headquartered in Perrysburg, Ohio, U.S.A., and holds market leadership positions in each of the four regions in which it operates - Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America.

By the numbers:

  • $6.6bn in net sales in 2010
  • 81 plants in 21 countries
  • Joint ventures in China, Italy, Malaysia, the United States and Vietnam
  • 24,000+ employees worldwide
  • 1,900+ worldwide patents
  • 49,000+ customers in 86 countries
  • 10,000 products
  • 600+ new products launched in 2010
  • 4.5m tonnes of post-consumer recycled glass used globally in 2010

O-I glass containers protect the purity, quality and flavor of thousands of well-known food and beverage products, including beer, wine, spirits and non-alcoholic drinks. O-I services all types of businesses, from multinationals like Diageo, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Coca-Cola and Nestle through nationally important companies right down to small vintners or microbrewers.

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Our legacy

Innovation has characterized O-I since the company’s inception. Glass pioneer Michael J. Owens founded the company in 1903, when he invented the automatic bottle-making machine. In 1929, Owens Bottle Company merged with Illinois Glass Company to form Owens-Illinois, Inc.

As the industry leader for more than 100 years, O-I has formed glass into effective and distinctive containers for some of the world’s best-known consumer brands. Today, building on Michael Owens’ heritage, O-I is redefining the future of glassmaking through a continued commitment to innovation, technology and sound environmental practices.

Glass is Life™

For more than 3,000 years, people have used glass to hold food and drink – life’s very fundamentals. Yet, for some time, glass has lacked a champion to voice its strengths. As the global industry leader, O-I is speaking up with a new “Glass is Life™” campaign, designed to emphasize that glass is integral to an authentic brand experience. Six pillars, identified through consumer research, provide the campaign platform:

  • Taste: glass protects flavor and preserves the taste the maker intended
  • Sustainability: glass is endlessly recyclable and has one of the lowest carbon footprints of any packaging material
  • Quality: Glass communicates a premium quality that gives brands a sense of beauty and differentiation on the store shelf
  • Health: Glass is naturally safe and does not alter the flavour and quality of food and drinks
  • Versatility: Glass extends brand life into the home by providing utility long after its contents are consumed
  • Transparency: Glass lets consumers clearly see what’s inside

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Those benefits get noticed. Research shows consumers worldwide prefer glass packaging – especially for non-alcoholic beverages, beer, condiments, preserved foods and wine – and consider it a premium option. Glass is a superior brand differentiator – just what you’d expect from one of the world’s most naturally desirable packaging materials.

To find out more about the Glass is Life™ campaign visit the microsite www.GlassIsLife.com.

To view a video of our products, please click here.

O-I Regional Contacts

North America
Sara Alcroft
North American Marketing Communications
+1 567 336 7523
sara.alcroft@o-i.com

Latin America
Mariana Ceruti
Latin American Communications
+55 11 2542 8040
mariana.ceruti@o-i.com

Asia-Pacific
Dieter Lehmann
Asia Pacific Communications
+61 392 362 404
dieter.lehmann@o-i.com

Europe
Melianthe Leeman
European Marketing Communications
+41 21 703 4139
melianthe.leeman@eu.o-i.com

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Glass Containers

We provide glass containers for all sorts of food and beverages, including:

Beer bottles Non-alcoholic beverage (soft drinks) bottles Food jars and bottles Spirits bottles, flasks and miniatures Wine bottles The Lean+Green range helps drive down the carbon footprint of the wine around the world. O-I's production, decoration and project management of high quality spirits bottles makes the company a world leader in this field.
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Glass is Life

O-I launches first-ever global campaign to champion glass CEOs, brand managers, chefs and environmentalists join Glass Is Life™ to share...
13th June 2011

Decoding Black Glass by O-I

Research indicates value of black glass.
8th June 2011

“Bubbles Boom” makes Sparkling Wine an Everyday Pleasure

Innovative and authentic glass packaging from O-I brings sparkling wines to consumers all over Europe.
8th June 2011

O-I’s Complete Life Cycle Assessment of Glass Brings Clarity to Carbon Footprint Conversation

Cradle-to-cradle study allows first true comparisons of glass with aluminium and plastic.
8th June 2011

Europeans Prefer Glass for its Taste, Health and Environmental Benefits

Glass preferred as part of trend towards healthy and sustainable lifestyles.
8th June 2011
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