Case Study

Boosting bottles capacity for corona vaccines at Gerresheimer

Customer: Gerresheimer
Location: Germany
Energy Source: Combustion

SORG was appointed to rebuild the Gerresheimer Furnace 2 at the plant in Lohr. Last reconstructed in 2009, the furnace had reached the end of its lifecycle.

Around 1 billion units of type III glass in different colours, designs and filling capacities are manufactured at the Gerresheimer Lohr facility every year. The portfolio includes tablet jars, syrup bottles, dropper bottles and acid-resistant chemicals bottles. The moulded glass range includes some 600 different articles ranging from 3ml to 4l in size for the pharmaceutical, food and beverages segments, although the majority of products manufactured are pharmaceutical containers.


The furnace building will be extended to fit the new technology and the extended production equipment, whilst the furnace, regenerative chambers, feeders and the exhaust systems are all being renewed.


The melting furnace is currently being replaced and the melting capacity of the furnace for the production of amber glass with be increased from around 300 to 380 tpd.