The Austrian headquarters of the Stoelzle Glass Group started its manufacture of hollow and packaging glass in 1871, formerly being a production site of flat glass. Over the past 20 years, Stoelzle has turned into one of the leading producers of high-end glass packaging worldwide.
Investments in all aspects of production, quality control and logistics together with its motto “STO success is based on successful employees” have turned Stoelzle into Europe’s leanest and most efficient producer of pharmaceutical glass packaging.
The production amounts to almost 1.5 billion pieces of container glass in white flint, amber and green glass each year, what reflects an impressive output of 250 tons of glass every day.
In 1992 Stoelzle acquired the small Czech glass factory in Heřmanova Huť which had been founded by Karl Stölzle in 1907. This was originally a family business; the factory had two lines and a production staff of 120, concentrating on amber glass packaging for mini spirits and pharmaceuticals. Major investment turned this small glassworks into nowadays most reliable partner in the field of pharmaceutical packaging glass and spirits miniatures. Within the network of the Stoelzle Glass Group, the production capacity of the Czech plant constantly expanded.
On Christmas Eve 2009 the plant suffered a tragic setback when a disastrous fire destroyed almost the whole production site. Staff from all the different STO plants united in an almost superhuman effort that saw Stölzle-Union reopened in an incredible seven months. But the factory was not simply rebuilt – it rose from the ashes to become one of the best production sites for pharmaceutical packaging glass in Europe. Stoelzle implemented state-of-the-art technologies such as a regenerative furnace which is remarkable for its very low energy consumption and optimized NoX emission.
Currently STU produces 140 tons of amber glass per day which corresponds to 600 million containers per annum. All lines dedicated to the production of pharmaceutical packaging glass are equipped with state-of-the-art control and packaging machines as well as laminar flow clean room technology.
Stölzle Flaconnage Ltd.
Situated in the heart of West Yorkshire, the British glass factory, Stölzle-Flaconnage was set up as J.W. Bagley and Co in 1871 and became part of the Stoelzle Glass Group in 1994. Over the past few years major investments turned the British factory into a state-of-the-art manufacturer.
In 2016 comprehensive investments included a new state-of-the-art flint glass furnace as well as modern Cold End inspection facilities and decoration technology (high speed spraying line, automated printing machine and accessory application). Substantial improvements in the plants media supply (water, energy, compressed air) have been realized in order to ensure highly energy efficiency and an environmental friendly operation.
Stölzle Flaconnage has now definitely become Stoelzle’s new centre of excellence with regards to the development, production and decoration of Premium Spirits Bottles; with the capability to produce articles from 5 cl up to 4.5 l in cosmetic flint or feeder colouration. Due to utmost flexibility, the site is able to manufacture small batches for limited editions of luxury brands, too.
The furnace provides 175 tons of extra-white flint glass per day which results in a production of 100 million glass containers per annum.
In order to meet the requirements of the most challenging of customers, STF offers a full range of in-house decoration techniques: acid etching; automatic and semi-automatic silk screen printing in ceramic colours together with precious metals and the full spectrum of organic colours. Semi automatic and fully automatic heat release and water-slide transfer application are also offered. The range was completed by the introduction of hot foil stamping and a twin spraying line for organic colours, where different spray guns can be used in one process, achieving subtle, multi-coloured finishes.
Stolzle Częstochowa Sp. z o.o.
Situated in Częstochowa, the Silesian place of pilgrimage, the Polish glass factory was founded in 1897 being called Paulina. It joined the Stoelzle Glass Group in 2001 and saw constant growth in all aspects of production and decoration since then. Aware of the increasing demand of high-end packaging glass for the Prestige & Beauty markets, a second white flint furnace was built in 2011 and production capacity almost tripled.
Currently the production output amounts to 570 million pieces per annum what corresponds to a daily capacity of up to 550 tons. In addition to cosmetic-white flint glass Stölzle-Częstochowa offers a complete range of feeder colours on some production lines.
Stölzle-Częstochowa offers sophisticated in-house, premium quality decoration facilities, as well. Acid etching or screen printing, as well as laser engraving and lacquering can provide individual branding for Prestige glass items such as Perfumery & Cosmetics, Tableware and Prestige Spirits.
Stoelzle Masnières Parfumerie SAS
The renowned French glass factory, formerly known as Verreries de Masnières is situated in the north of France, approximately 150 km from Paris. The factory was set up by François Boulanger, trader in Cambrai, in Masnières, near Saint Quentin canal, and was inaugurated in 1818. In December 2013 the glassworks as well as the Decoration Company allocated nearby, joined Stoelzle Glass Group and became Stoelzle Masnières SAS and Stoelzle Masnières Décoration SAS. In May 2015 the corporate forms of the two French sites were changed to Stoelzle Masnières Parfumerie SAS and Stoelzle Manières Parfumerie Décoration SAS.
100% of Stoelzle Masnières Parfumerie’s total output is produced for the international high-end Perfumery and Cosmetics market. Main part of the products are based on custom designs. Standards, however are available and can easily be branded adding the final touch of luxury with sophisticated decoration techniques in the nearby decoration facility.
Approximately 171 million glass containers are being produced in extra-white flint glass per annum. Some of the production lines are additionally equipped to manufacture feeder coloured glass.
Stoelzle Masnières Parfumerie Décoration is well prepared to realize the customer’s most demanding ideas in terms of decoration. The decoration site offers automatic and semi-automatic silkscreen printing in ceramic and a broad range of organic colours as well as spraying and hot foil stamping. Stoelzle Masnières Parfumerie is sole glass producer worldwide to offer IPET treatment which is applied to the glass containers immediately after production in order to achieve fancy reflections on the bottle surface. The French decoration site sets steps as well with its inkjet printing. This technique allows fast and high quality multicolour decoration to a wide range of bottle shapes and sizes.
Further decoration equipment is available on other STO sites.
Stolzle Wymiarki Sp. z o.o.
In summer 2014 the Stoelzle Glass Group saw continued growth in Poland: Polish glassworks Wymiarki, founded in 1657, has been integrated into the glass network as Stolzle Wymiarki Sp. z o.o. The glass producer is located around 40 kilometers away from the German border. Its sister company Stolzle Częstochowa is approximately 400 kilometers further east.
Stolzle Wymiarki has started production with a furnace for commercial flint glass and two production lines at the end of July 2015. Stolzle Wymiarki will concentrate predominantly on the manufacturing of quality candle and food jars as well as other consumer articles.
A-1140 Wien, Austria
Phone: +43 1 41565
Fax: +43 1 41565 705
Stoelzle has expanded its international sales force by a US sales company: Stolzle Glass USA Inc. The New York office strengthens Stoelzle’s world-wide representation and will enable both existing and prospective clients for Pharma, Spirits, and Perfumery & Cosmetics high-end glass bottles to receive maximum support in their dealings with the Stoelzle Glass Group. When it comes to innovative design and fashion-orientated products in the luxury Spirits and Beauty areas, it is vital to have a partner on site.
US customers will benefit from the in-depth technical expertise of Stoelzle’s six European production sites, each specialising in a particular area. All of the Stoelzle production sites are strategically dedicated to either manufacture Pharma, Spirits or Perfumery & Cosmetics items and have all benefited from major investments recently.
For its American clients, the Stoelzle New Jersey warehouse will stock and ship direct to clients, enabling Stolzle Glass USA to be seen as a local supplier.
Contact: John Pyrzenski
Vice President of Sales
Prestige Spirits, Perfumery & Cosmetics
Stolzle Glass USA, Inc.
494 8th Avenue, Suite 1400
New York, NY 10001
Phone: + 1 212 244 1202
Following the saying “think global, act local” in the year 2003 the Stoelzle group finally set up a sales office in Moscow.
Responding to the growing demands in Russia and CIS as future top markets, a small team of sales representatives has since then been promoting the whole range of soda-lime moulded packaging glass made by Stoelzle, focusing mainly on bottles for the Pharma markets.