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O-I launches first Global Design Book

By Canadian Packaging staff   

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Entries draw on O-I's unique global reach to inspire future designs in glass.

PERRYSBURG, Ohio—Owens-Illinois, Inc. (O-I) has launched a Global Design Book to provide inspiration for brand owners and design agencies looking for fresh ideas in glass for their foods and beverages.

O-I, the world’s largest glassmaker, has drawn together more than 100 glass designs from around the world and the collection illustrates the beauty, versatility, brand differentiation, color, shape and decoration variations available in glass in a way no other packaging material can match.

Glass provides an emotional reach into consumers’ deepest needs. Its unique values—purity, quality, premium-ness, sustainability, health—and its design versatility come together to create a tight bond between a unique consumption experience and the product and brand promise.

O-I chief executive officer Andres Lopez says in the foreword to the book: “Many studies tell us consumers love glass. It’s their favorite package. Only glass evokes wonder: the pleasure as you pick up an ice-cold beer bottle, the craving as you open a jar of your favorite spread, the anticipation as you watch the sommelier uncork your champagne.”


The entries are new product designs developed over the past few years by O-I design teams either from a received brief or with customers’ design agencies across each of the five continents on which the company operates. It shows the breadth of O-I’s design expertise and also illustrate the different cultural norms which provide design cues for brands in each location.

“The book is more than selection of pretty pictures,” says O-I Europe marketing communications leader Marie-Laure Susset. “It relates a narrative of brand image and consumer trends over recent years. It tells of the growth of craft, of premiumization, or of healthy hydration.”

O-I Europe marketing communications specialist Yolanda Fernandez, who led the project, adds, “I am grateful for the cooperation of all the brand owners whose products are featured in the book. It is very exciting to see so many great brands displayed page after page.

The book is being distributed to O-I customers and leading design agencies across world. Further applications for a copy can be made via e-mail at

About O-I
Owens-Illinois, Inc. is the world’s largest glass container manufacturer and preferred partner for many of the world’s leading food and beverage brands. The company had revenues of US$6.7 billion in 2016 and employs more than 27,000 people at 79 plants in 23 countries. With global headquarters in Perrysburg, Ohio, O-I delivers safe, sustainable, pure, iconic, brand-building glass packaging to a growing global marketplace. For more information, visit


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