An Introduction to Glass Packaging

A one-day introduction to glass course, tailored for those working within the foods, drinks, retail and brand management who wish to learn more about the glass manufacturing process, quality control, specifications, design and decoration.

The course introduces glass production, properties, defects, failures, decoration and appropriate specifications. It provides a basic understanding of the diverse properties and uses of glass as a material with respect to relevant product lines - including a background to glass manufacture and history, the properties of glass and appropriate treatments, glass failure and testing, defects and appropriate design and control to achieve optimum product suitability and performance.

The programme will be run interactively with questions invited throughout.

Course outline

  • Introduction to glass
    • What is glass and a brief history;
    • Composition and types of glass;
    • Introduction to glass properties;
  • Environment and recyclability
  • Container glass manufacturing
    • Furnaces;
    • Forming;
    • Annealing;
    • Toughening;
    • Coatings;
  • Glass colouring and decoration
    • Moulds and embossing;
    • Glass composition;
    • Forehearth colouring;
    • Coating and spraying;
  • Practical Sessions
  • Glass performance and strength
    • Glass strength (and weakness);
    • Design;
    • Glass failure;
    • Manufacturing defects;
    • Handling and transport;
  • Bottle design and specifications
    • Vacuity and headspace;
    • Finishes and specifications;
    • Secondary decoration;
    • Container glass testing.


Glass Technology Services Ltd  9 Churchill Way, Chapeltown, Sheffield, S35 2PY, United Kingdom

Free, on-site, parking available.


This course is available to individual organisations, associations and consortiums - please enquire if you would like a course for your own company or team. 

The following hosted courses are available:

  • Tuesday, 26 February 2019
  • Tuesday, 9 September 2019

Booking and further information

For further information or to book a place please email us or call +44 (0) 114 290 1801.

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