Container glassmakers in Thailand are enjoying an unprecedented boom in demand at the moment. Shifting consumption patterns and improved lifestyle of consumers means demand for glass has never been higher in Thailand and the surrounding region.
Higher consumption of energy drinks, beer and food sauces in Thailand and the region means glass packaging is more in demand than ever before. Experts predict that by 2020 the Asia Pacific glass packaging market will be valued at $25 billion.
Thailand's glassmakers have led the way in the region's glass manufacturing output. The country has an established glassmaking sector with container producers Bangkok Glass, Berli Jucker Public Company (BJC) and Siam Glass all well-known in the industry.
Such is the demand for beer that BJC is constructing a 300 tonnes a day plant at Saraburi, due to start up by the end of 2017. Once this is completed, Thailand's three major glass manufacturers will produce about 8000 tonnes a day of bottles between them.
Thai manufacturers are also looking to expand their exports into neighbouring countries such as Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.