IPGR Organization

About us

IPGR

International Partners

in Glass Research

 

Purpose of IPGR

increase and maintain

the competitiveness of glass

in the packing industry

 

IPGR Members:

 

IPGR Tasks

commercialisation of R&D results

cooperation between the members

 

IPGR works on

improving energy efficiency and

reducing emissions in glass melting

 

Glass packaging for health,

taste and environment

 

IPGR Members:

 

IPGR Tasks

commercialisation of R&D results

cooperation between the members

 

  

   

Purpose of the association

The purpose of the association is to increase and maintain the competitiveness of glass in the packing industry by research and development programs, the commercialisation of R+D results as well as individual cooperation between the members of the association.

Name and seat of the association

International Partners in Glass Research (IPGR) e.V., Krantzstraße 7/ Geb. 87, 52070 Aachen, Germany.

The constitution of the association (IPGR) dates from November 18th, 2009

The organs of the association:

The organs are the executive committee and the general manager. The executive committee consists of all members of the association. It elects the chairman and decides in all questions of general policy and business. It appoints the general manager of the association, who is responsible for all research and development projects and administration.

Besides of the above mentioned two organs there is a technical committee and a furnace committee established. These committees meet frequently and take care of all R+D and development projects referring to their area of expertise.

Structure

Chairman

As of December 2009 Günter Lubitz is chairman of IPGR.

He has been working for Vetropack since 2003 and is responsible for all the technical, production and purchasing issues of the Vetropack Group. Furthermore, he is managing director of Vetroconsult. He studied Glass and Ceramics at the University of Duisburg, Germany, and subsequently worked for different container glass producers within Europe and Southeast Asia for more than 30 years.

His long-time experience within IPGR on behalf of Vetropack gives him the insights and visions that are needed for the challenging IPGR projects.

Deputy Chairman

As of April 2016 Oliver Wiegand is deputy chairman of IPGR.

He is CEO of the Wiegand-Glas group and runs - together with Nikolaus Wiegand – the successful family-owned company in the 4th generation, relying on modern technologies and tradition at the same time.

After finishing his academic studies as an Diplom Ingenieur at the Technische Universität München, he completed his postgraduate studies as a Diplom Wirtschaftsingenieur in 1993 and entered Wiegand-Glas in 1996.

Mr. Wiegand was chairman of IPGR from 1998 to 2009.
Wiegand-Glas was part of IPGR from the very beginning and Oliver Wiegand pays tribute to the R&D work within IPGR followed by practical application in a vital, international research network.

General Manager

As of September 2009, Professor Christian Roos is general manager of IPGR.

1998 Mr. Roos joined the Research and Development of Schott in Germany in the field of surface technology and solid-state analysis of glasses and glass-ceramics. He received his PhD on improvements of the thermoshock-properties of glass-ceramics in co-operation with the Fraunhofer ISC in Würzburg, Germany. At Schott, he headed different research projects, amongst others on glass-ceramics and floated TFT-display glasses.

Since 2016 Mr. Roos is holding a professorship at RWTH Aachen University and is head of the chair for “materials and processes – glass and composites".

Project Manager R & D | Technical

Mr. Dominik Orzol studied material science at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and received his master of science in 2012 focusing on glass and ceramics. Afterwards he joined Prof. Wondraczek at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena to pursue a PhD on the topic of glass metal interaction. The topic also included glass metal contacts during the glass container production. He finished his PhD in the beginning of 2016.

Since April 2016 he is in charge of the Technical Committee of IPGR and all related R&D topics.

Project Manager R & D | Furnace

Mr. Fatih Mehmed Güclü took his Bachelor of Science degree in the field of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering at 2002 and Master of Science degree at 2004 and started working for Türkiye Sise ve Cam Fabrikalari A.S. (Sisecam) in
Melting Technologies Directorate as Project Engineer. Over 12 years, he was involved in many new investments and cold repairs of container, float and tableware glass furnace projects during his career at Sisecam.

Since 2018 he is in charge of the Furnace Committee of IPGR and all related R&D topics.

    

Executive Committee (EC)

The Executive Committee consits of at least one decision maker from each member.

The Executive Committee usually meets once a year and decides upon IPGR roadmaps, legal issues, budgets and on continuation of projects based on recommendations of the Technical Committee and the Furnace Committee.

Technical Committee (TC)

Consists of technical experts from member companies.

The Technical Committee usually meets twice a year to discuss and coordinate all R&D projects with regard to their area of expertise.

Furnace Committee (FC)

Consists of technical experts from member companies.

The Furnace Committee usually meets twice a year to discuss and coordinate all R&D projects with regard to their area of experience.