What we care about

Economic responsibility

Food and beverages are available in our containers all over the world. But our main sales market for glass containers is in Europe. And for good reason: the central location of our production sites enables optimum transport distances – both for raw materials and for our products. For our jars and bottles we use primary raw materials from the region – from quartz sand, lime and soda to dolomite. This enables us to operate independent from international fluctuations on the raw material markets.

At Wiegand-Glas we rely on recycled glass as the main raw material for the production of jars and bottles. Thanks to our own waste glass recycling plants, transport efforts are also low. We also make sure that the transport distances are as short as possible when purchasing the collected waste glass. The benefits? Lower logistics efforts, less pollutant emissions and less traffic noise. And where the general conditions make it possible, we use the rail as a means of transport for waste glass and products.

12 %
Average annual sales growth since 2015
5 %
Investment ratio for glass in the 2022/23 fiscal year
2 %
Investment ratio for PET in the 2022/23 financial year
27 %
Investment ratio for logistics in the 2022/23 financial year

For us, sound economic activities are the basis for sustainable entrepreneurial action. In order to meet our responsibility towards employees, customers and suppliers, our own above-average performance is an important baseline for us. We secure our entrepreneurial position by sober financial, investment and market-related decisions. This enables us to make a valuable contribution to meeting the social challenges of our time. 

Under the influence of megatrends – such as decarbonisation, individualisation, digitalisation, internationalisation, connectivity and health – it is a central challenge for Wiegand to continuously develop and reinvent its own business models under changing conditions and lifestyles. For example, in connection with decarbonisation, the energy-intensive glass melting process will have to undergo a very fundamental change. The trend towards greater individualisation also means changes in production processes, the opening up of new sales channels and the expansion of the range of services we offer. Today, digitalisation is paving its way towards the penetration of entire business models and will also bring challenge in corporate management, customer interaction and beyond.

Every entrepreneurial activity has to be embedded in the governmental and national framework in which the company operates. The compliance with the laws and regulations that are relevant for us is one of our main goals, because it gives us security in our own actions, because we make our contribution to the goals laid down in laws and because changes in legal framework also encourage us to rethink in an agile manner. Nevertheless, critically examining the existing legal landscape and taking advantage of the opportunities offered by overregulation remains a daily task.

Due to the high energy intensity of different production processes in our companies, we regularly exchange information with other companies in two differently structured energy efficiency networks. The first step is the joint definition of an energy saving target for the entire network and the selection of the package of measures to be applied. In the Rennsteigenergie energy efficiency network, we maintain contact with a highly heterogeneous group of companies in the Franconian-Thuringian Rennsteig region. Glaswerk Ernstthal is a member of the energy efficiency network GlasNET 2.0. This network was initiated by six companies of the German glass industry. In addition to manufacturers of glass containers, members also include manufacturers of drinking glasses, flat glass, lenses and mirrors. 

Similar topics, upcoming challenges and new developments in the common field of activity connect the companies of an industry. The glass and plastics industry has also clearly positioned itself and created opportunities for the cooperation at a national and international level. Our participation in industry associations such as the Bundesverband Glas (BV Glas) and the Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen (IK) in Germany and the Fédération Européenne du Verre d'Emballage (FEVE) are a matter of course for us. By the cooperation, the mutual exchange and the use of synergies, we expect a positive development for our industry and its framework conditions.

Research and development today means creating the basis for the success of tomorrow. We, too, have to constantly evolve if we want to achieve our goals and visions for the year 2030. R&D is always caught between high costs, the risk of failure, one's own limited horizon and the protection of company secrets. We are convinced that great results also require a certain openness, this is why we have been participating in international research communities of the glass industry (IPGR, AGTS and AGRAPSIP) for decades. In addition, we cooperate with universities, regional associations and public authorities in order to continuously improve ourselves. For us, innovation goes beyond technical development, also incorporating the development of new business models and digital processes.

Verantwortung bei Wiegand-Glas

A matter of honour for us

Learn more about our sustainable actions and what we take responsibility for in our work every day.

Ökologische Verantwortung bei Wiegand-Glas

Ecological responsibility

We are a pioneer in our industry. This is why we set ourselves ambitious and consistent goals with respect of environmental and climate protection.

Cindy, Kevin und Stefan Hertel im Werk Steinbach am Wald
Social commitment

Social responsibility

Our employees are the basis of our success. Moreover, we are incredibly passionate about the regions we are based in. Thus, commitment is not a duty, it's a matter of course.