Feeding the Fires of Innovation
Michael Owens changed the way glass has been produced over the last 5,000 years with his miracle machine. Since then, the company has been continually transforming itself, transforming its environment. From licensing machines to producing bottles, from manual to automated inspection technologies – O-I automated every production process, bringing the sustainable power of glass into everyday use.
That same spirit of innovation in glassmaking lives on today, as our more than 26,000 employees work with our customers and partners to define the future of glass. With more than 1,800 active patents on our proprietary technology, we remain dedicated to the qualities that endeared Mr. Owens to glass in the first place: it’s beauty, versatility, and endless sustainability.
Featured Technology Innovation
MAGMA (or Modular Advanced Glass Manufacturing Asset) reimagines the glassmaking process. A flexible, modular, standardized glass production line will enable rapid mobile capacity expansion in smaller increments. This transformation uniquely positions us to help customer brands better capitalize on market opportunities, opening up a new world of possibilities. We currently have both a prototype and pilot operating with this technology, and expect scaled commercial viability by 2023.
Featured Product Innovation
O-I : EXPRESSIONS, a service that combines the integral benefits of glass with an agile, marketing-focused capability. It offers fast customization on smaller volumes, enabling limited editions, personalization, special artworks and promotional branding activities.Discover O-I : Expressions
To advance innovation more quickly, we invest in it. Our 24,000 square foot building at our Global Headquarters features a quarter-sized furnace and two small production lines that let us trial new processes and prototype new product designs without interrupting the factory lines.