Owens- Illinois Inc. ( NYSE: OI ), headquartered in Perrysburg (Ohio ) is the global market leader for glass containers and is listed as a Fortune 1000 company.


1903 invented the trained glassblower Michael Joseph Owens the first automatic bottle blow. This invention led on the one hand establishing the Owens Bottle Company in the same year, they also revolutionized the glass industry.

1929 merged with the Owens Illinois Glass Company for the Owens- Illinois Glass Company. 1938, founded the joint venture with Corning Owens Corning.

1965, the name in Owens- Illinois, Inc. changed by the company's entry into the production of plastic packaging has to meet. Owens- Illinois was on June 1, 1959 to March 12, 1987, part of the Dow Jones index. The company's stock suffered major setbacks due to lawsuits filed by improper use of asbestos, which has been processed and distributed by 1953-1957 by Owens Corning.

In 1959, the Owens- Illinois Glass Company, headquartered in Toledo ( Ohio) 50.1 percent of the shares in Gerresheimer Glashüttenwerke and 1971, 75 percent majority stake in Gerresheimer Glas AG, headquartered in Dusseldorf.

As a partner of NIG and Nippon Electric Glass, Owens-Illinois produced from the 1970s to 1995 CRT screens for televisions in Pittston (Pennsylvania). By the end of July 2007, the company was represented worldwide with offices in North America, South America, Australia, Europe and Asia, even in plastic packages. The plastic OI group, however, was then sold to Rexam.

In 2004, Owens- Illionis the French BSN glass pack and thus several German glassworks, inter alia, in Dusseldorf Gerresheim and wood Minden. In August 2005, existing since 1864 Glashütte Dusseldorf location has been set.

On 20 November 2008 the Group announced that 360 employees to cut production in Holzminden due to low demand by one third. Also on production sites in France and Spain each have a glass melting furnace to be shut down.

On 7 November 2012, the closure of the production site Achern was announced by the Group.


Owens- Illinois is the world's largest manufacturer of glass containers. Every second glass container produced in the world is produced either directly or under license from OI. OI has 86 production facilities in 23 countries on five continents. The engineering and development sector is a major division of the company dar. addition to the sale of IS machines and sorting machines can complete turnkey glassworks about Owens- Illinois are related. Owens Illinois operates a research and development center in Perrysburg (Ohio ), as well as technical centers in Lurin (Peru ), Origgio (Italy ), Villeurbanne (France) and Clayton (Australia).

German locations

Owens Illinois operates locations in Germany:

  • Berne village
  • Rinteln
  • Holzminden
  • Dusseldorf (Administration)

The headquarters of the German OI OI daughter glassPackaging is located in Dusseldorf. In Holzminden Owens- Illinois products include exclusive and high-quality glass bottles, including the famous and excellent glass bottle Wave 66 are made of up to one million units to distribute the Veen Waters Finland Oy.