Our Design Process
At Ardagh Group, we understand the importance of branding and packaging design. Our customers have received more than 80 Clear Choice Awards from the Glass Packaging Institute for packaging their products in innovative glass containers manufactured by Ardagh Group. From innovations in complex bottle shapes, to embossing and debossing techniques, to breakthroughs in closure finishes, we are constantly pioneering new ways to get our customers’ products beyond the shelf and into the consumers’ hands.
OurVision4Glass℠ process brings knowledge of advanced glassmaking techniques and aesthetic sensibility to every project. Our Product Design team’s portability allows us to work with customers anywhere, and after a design is completed, we offer photo-realistic renderings and a selection of prototype models to bring the package to life. Ardagh Group’s Vision4Glass enhances the collaboration process and provides true speed to market for our customers’ products.
At Ardagh, we’re not just making glass containers, we’re creating the future of glass packaging. We offer technology, expertise, innovation, a vast geographical spread and full end-to-end supply chain service. With more than 100 years of glass container manufacturing experience, we have 13 manufacturing facilities strategically located throughout the U.S.
Our containers range in size from 1 oz. to 135 oz., and we have 16 colors available, including the traditional choices of flint, amber and green, as well as more contemporary blue and purple options. In addition to creative shapes, we can design our glass bottles and jars to include textures and embossing features that provide a strong brand identity. Our large stock catalog details hundreds of shape, size and color combination possibilities.
Whether you want to create a custom bottle, launch a new product or unveil a small, limited edition release, Ardagh Group’s new Individual Section Development Machine (view video) is capable of simulating nearly every manufacturing condition to make glass bottles and jars with a variety of heights, weights and diameters, and can produce glass packaging that incorporates the latest design trends, including unique shapes, textures and embossing.
This technology allows Ardagh Group to test new products in real-life manufacturing conditions, including full-quality inspection processes, assuring high quality products for sampling and in full production.
We also offer a variety of in-line packaging options, including both bulk and case packing, for products produced on the Development Machine.
Located in our facility in Port Allegany, Pennsylvania, the Development Machine provides a speed-to-market advantage to brand owners that are introducing new products into the market. If you’re interested in exploring niche markets, or getting your new or redesigned products to market faster than ever before, contact us for more information.
Ardagh Group was the first company in the U.S. to offer bottles and jars that combine product aesthetics with a reduced environmental impact, known as ECO Series®. This innovative series provides all the eco-friendly advantages of glass – a neutral and inert material that is infinitely recyclable, while maintaining high quality, enhancing customer appeal, and lessening the overall impact on the environment.
In production, the ECO Series range meets the same standards of technical and aesthetic quality as traditional containers, while resulting in immediate gains for the customers’ transportation optimization and illustrating a commitment to sustainability.
We believe that our responsibility to our customers must extend throughout the supply chain. We employ a dedicated team of account coordinators and managers, technical experts who understand filling line operations, logistics professionals who are familiar with all aspects of transportation and warehousing, and resources who can advise on recycling and sustainability.
Because Ardagh Group places great importance on providing the industry’s best customer service, we invest in an on-going program of improvement to ensure that customers’ expectations are met at all times, and exceeded where possible.