Air Products has announced that it has commenced supply of its integrated oxy-fuel solution to Chengdu Jin Gu Pharmaceutical Packaging Co., Ltd. in Sichuan Province, Western China, for the production of pharmaceutical glass containers.

By working with another leading glass manufacturer in China, Air Products once again demonstrates how its technology can help the industry reap multiple benefits, including reduced emissions and improved energy efficiency, productivity and glass quality.

Jin Gu is a leader in China’s pharmaceutical glass packaging industry, and its manufacturing process involves advanced technologies that include Air Products’ cutting-edge offering. Jin Gu’s successful oxy-fuel conversion with proven initial results sets an industry benchmark for the pharmaceutical glass market in China.

China’s glass industry is accelerating the shift to more sustainable and healthier development with a key focus on environmental protection as the country has entered its 13th Five-Year-Plan period. In Sichuan province, the provincial government has recently issued the ’13th Five-Year Environmental Protection Plan,’ with the glass industry identified as one of the key focuses for emissions reduction.

“Air Products has enabled a long list of glass customers worldwide to become more productive, energy efficient, and sustainable. We are honored to be selected by Jin Gu to support their conversion from air-fuel to oxy-fuel combustion, and we are pleased to see the encouraging results immediately,” said, Brandon Fu, Vice-President, Asia Strategy, Marketing and Technology at Air Products.

“This project also underscores our commitment to supporting the sustainable development of China’s glass industry. We will continue to leverage our innovative solutions, vast global experience, and deep local understanding to help more China glass manufacturers improve their environmental performance and overall competitiveness,” Fu added. 

Air Products’ integrated solution customised for Jin Gu encompasses the company’s Cleanfire® mini HRi™ oxy-fuel burners, liquid oxygen, technical support on glass formulation improvement, and computational fluid dynamics simulations of the glass melting furnace to ensure smooth conversion under a tight schedule.

Oxy-fuel technology is proven to bring multiple benefits such as over 50% reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions, 10-20% in energy savings, about 25% increase in productivity, reduction of capital, and improvement in efficiency and glass quality.