From 1st July 2006, Emhart Glass will transfer all its forehearth, distributor and associated subsystem technology to SORG. From this date onwards SORG will offer, supply and support all Emhart Glass glass conditioning products.
The development of new combustion systems, advanced control systems and the introduction of the Emhart Glass 240 and 340 forehearth and distributor systems (alongside the proven 540 systems), have revitalised the Emhart Glass forehearth business since 2001. Emhart Glass wishes to ensure the continued success of these systems.
However, the Company acknowledges that it is difficult to capitalise on this success, maintain the momentum and guarantee the future of the new forehearth product range within what is essentially a machine-dominated concern. Forehearth and distributor products require a different infrastructure to ensure customer satisfaction and support, and to assure the long term future of the products.
SORG has the appropriate infrastructure, coupled with an excellent, worldwide reputation in the fields of melting and conditioning.
From the beginning of July 2006 SORG will assume full responsibility for the Emhart Glass 540, 340, 240 and 640 conditioning systems, from quotation through to commissioning. Other than changes associated with normal product development, the design of these systems will remain unaltered by the agreement. However, access to wider engineering facilities and additional SORG forehearth products will inevitably increase the success of the 340 and 240 ranges.
Emhart Glass sales offices will continue to actively promote the 240, 340, 540 and 640 products and, in conjunction with the existing SORG sales network, will provide unprecedented global customer support. Andrew Purvis of Emhart Glass will continue to spearhead forehearth sales and support within the Americas, whilst sales of the Emhart Glass product range and customer support will be led within the SORG organisation by John McMinn.
Customers will now benefit from an extended range of forehearth products, as the scope of supply now offered includes all SORG ST SERIES glass conditioning solutions and the full range of Emhart Glass forehearth products designed to fit all manner of applications, now available from a single source supplier.