Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Australia’s Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing industry comprises two key segments: the glass-container segment and the flat-glass segment. The glass container segment is dominated by two local firms, Owens-Illinois Australia and Orora Limited (formerly Amcor Glass), which manufacture bottles and jars for packaging beverages and food products. The flat-glass segment includes Viridian (CSR Limited), which is the only local manufacturer of float glass (i.e. high-quality sheet glass produced on a bed of liquid). The industry includes many small to medium firms producing a range of fabricated glass products. The industry comprises an estimated 725 enterprises employing 9,150 people in 2014-15, with about 94.0% of businesses employing fewer than 20 people... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter
Glass manufacturing activity in Australia is generally takes place near the major capital cities and the major downstream manufacturing industries. The major factor influencing the location of glass manufacturing plants is the balancing of high transportation costs against economies of scale in production.
New South Wales accounts for 32.9% of total industry enterprises (including small non-employing firms) and 36.9% of employer enterprises. The industry's activities in New South Wales are declining due to the closure of Viridian's float glass plant at Ingleburn in July 2013 and the consolidation of the glass processing operations into one plant in January 2014 (resulting in the loss of about 170 jobs)... purchase to read more