The new AGR testing laboratory in Delft The Netherlands officially opened on February 8th with a ribbon cutting by local Delft Official City Council Member Ferrie Förster. There was also a unique opening of Champagne bottles by Agr CEO, Henry Dimmick, Jr.  and AGR Director of Research, Bill Slusser. They used sabers to expertly cut off the top of the Champagne bottles demonstrating a technique they would normally not endorse. However, in light of the festive occasion they made an exception.
According to CEO Henry Dimmick, Jr., “The new AGR testing laboratory in Delft, will provide numerous benefits to our customers including shorter turnaround times which will save money. In addition, they will enjoy the added convenience of transacting business in the same language, time zone and currency”.

Guests, including those from a number of glass manufacturers and brand owners, were provided a complete tour of the facility and assorted refreshments, along with the opportunity to  attend  two complimentary seminars entitled “The Do’s and Don’ts of Lightweighting” and “Understanding and Establishing Impact Criteria”. AGR demonstrated its capabilities in regards to testing equipment for fracture diagnosis, performance testing and defect identification while guests were provided opportunities for some hands on experience as well.

The new testing lab is managed by AGR Senior Scientist Peter de Haan who is supported by his team of Jennifer Hu-a-ng, Office Manager and Lab technicians Laura van der Harg and Samantha Beijersbergen van Henegouwen. If you have any questions or want to discuss your glass issues, contact either Peter de Haan or Jennifer Hu-a-ng directly at: +31 (0)15 890 40 20 or CONTACT US.

The Delft lab team is now fully supported by our commercial representatives, Aleksander Broda and Ewa Prokulewicz. Call us to discuss your needs: +48/12-6321817


Two Legacy White Papers made available

As we close our 90th Anniversary Commemoration we want to share with you two of our Legacy White Papers. These two white papers cover the topics of the effect of coatings on closure rusting and the effect that caustic wash solutions have on hot end coatings that are applied to refillable containers.  We hope these will enhance your understanding of coatings and how they can affect the performance of glass containers. They are entitled “How Tin oxide Coatings Affect Closure Rusting”,  written by Gary L. Smay and published in Glass Worldwide in 2011, and “Effect of Alkaline Solutions on Tin oxide Coated Glass Surfaces”,  written by G.L. Smay and J.S. Wasylyk, and published in Glass Technology in 1981. We hope you enjoy them and they help start your New Year off right. To download these two and to view all of our White Papers visit our White Paper Library.

New European Testing Lab begins operations

AGR’s new European testing laboratory in Delft, Netherlands is now open to serve the glass manufacturing and beverage filling industries. At this moment, all modern analysis and testing equipment has been installed and is ready for use.

To learn more about this new testing lab, read the just released News Alert by clicking HERE.

AGR demonstrates how millions can be saved with the right weighted bottle

At the recent drinktec trade show in Munich, Germany, Bill Slusser, AGR Director of Research, conducted a free Impact Seminar on understanding and establishing impact criteria for filling lines. The highlight of the seminar was an illustration that indicated that utilizing actual impact values obtained through a filling line audit, has the potential to produce annual cost savings in the millions when properly applied to a Lightweighting campaign. Want to learn more? Read the AGR’s Q4 e-Newsletter that was just distributed today.