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Company Makes World’s Largest Glass Bottle

Glass manufacturer shatters bottle record.

It's typically not a word that glass manufacturers like to hear often, but De Dietrich Process Systems may have shattered a world record, in glass nonetheless.

The company's QVF competence center in Germany has manufactured a glass bottle that is 9.7769 feet tall, and 40 inches (DN1000) in diameter - even the neck is a foot wide (DN300). It weighs more than 815 pounds (370 kg), and can hold almost 450 gallons (1,700 l).

The glass bottle was presented to the public on March 16, 2017 during the reopening of a famous Chinese restaurant (Engel Wang Fu) in Austria. During the event, the bottle was filled with an award-winning Keringer red (Keringers 100-Days-Zweigelt 2015) before it was closed with a gold-plated cork, sealed with wax, and stored at 16°C.

The bottle is made of the same borosilicate 3.3 glass used in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries that is designed to resist the hydrostatic pressure generated when it is completely filled. For example, when it is filled with more than 2,266 bottles of wine.

The bottle has been certified by the German Records Institute as the world's biggest glass bottle and it is about to be entered in the Guinness Book of Records. I couldn’t find much in terms of competition. "The World's Largest Catsup Bottle" is a giant water tower in Illinois, and Schott Glass did make a large wine bottle, but it was only nine feet tall and could only hold 1,600 bottles of wine.

This is IEN Now with David Mantey.

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