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One Michael Owens Way

Perrysburg, OH 43551

United States

Phone: 567-336-5000


Owens-Illinois, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a manufacturer of glass containers worldwide. Products and Services The company produces glass containers for alcoholic beverages, including beer, flavored malt beverages, spirits, and wine. The company also produces glass packaging for various food items, soft drinks, teas, juices, and pharmaceuticals. The company manufactures glass containers in a range of sizes, shapes, and colors. Strategy The company’s strategy is to be the premier rigid packaging producer. The key elements of the company’s strategy includes establishing stability and driving improved performance; developing integrated solutions that deliver higher performance and grow its business; creating breakthroughs that include innovative products for its customers; and integrating the Vitro S.A.B. de C.V. (Vitro) acquisition to capture the value generated in this business. Markets The company's principal markets for glass container products are in Europe, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific. Customers The company's major customers consist mainly of the global food and beverage manufacturers, including Anheuser-Busch InBev, Brown Forman, Carlsberg, Diageo, Heineken, Kirin, MillerCoors, Nestle, PepsiCo, Pernod Ricard, SABMiller, and Saxco International. The company sells majority of its glass container products directly to customers. The company also sells some of its products through distributors. Research, Development, and Engineering Research, development, and engineering constitute important parts of the company's technical activities. Expenditures for these activities were $64 million for 2015. Acquisitions In September 2015, the company acquired food and beverage glass container business of Vitro and its subsidiaries as conducted in the United States, Mexico and Bolivia. Competition Europe: Throughout Europe, the company competes directly with various glass container manufacturers, including Verallia, Ardagh Group, Vetropack, and Vidrala. North America: The principal glass container competitors in the U.S. are the Ardagh Group and Anchor Glass Container. Latin America: The company competes directly with Verallia in Brazil and Argentina. The Asia Pacific: The company competes directly with Orora Limited in Australia. The principal competitors producing metal containers include Ball Corporation; Crown Holdings, Inc.; Rexam plc; and Silgan Holdings Inc. The principal competitors producing plastic containers include Amcor; Consolidated Container Holdings, LLC; Reynolds Group Holdings Limited; Plastipak Packaging, Inc.; and Silgan Holdings Inc. History Owens-Illinois, Inc. was founded in 1903.


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