Several students of Product Design at Notre Dame enjoyed a trip to Leeds firm Allied Glass Containers on the 5th of February. The visit marks the twentieth successive year that the department have visited the firm in order for the students to observe the production of clear glass bottles for the drinks industry.
The visitors enjoyed a welcome presentation by the Assistant Design Centre Manager, who explained how the company are evolving to meet the changing demands of the global market by producing high quality clear glass bottles for brands such as Johnnie Walker and Bloom. The students were then given a tour of the production line, including a visit to the furnace and forehearth area where the molten glass is prepared for forming.
This year’s visit was particularly relevant as a former Notre Dame Product Design student, Liam Appleyard, is currently employed as an Allied Glass New Product Designer.
Alex Brooke, one of the visiting students said, “It was incredible to see the forming process up close, and feel the heat – something you don’t get from a video! That furnace was intense and it will stick in my mind for a long time.”