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History of the HVG

HVG can reflect upon a history of more than 80 years. On 8 July 1920, the »Wärmetechnische Beratungsstelle der Deutschen Glasindustrie« (WBG) was established by the Association of the German glass manufacturers. In 1936, the »Hüttentechnische Vereinigung der Deutschen Glasindustrie« (HVG) originated from the WBG due to the extension of the activities to the entire field of the glass technology.

The driving force behind the creation of this consultancy agency was the scarcity of coal after World War I and the resultant lack of generator gas needed for heating the glass melting furnaces. In the early days, the activities of the agency comprised the recording of the heat-technical indexes by measuring techniques, the listing of heat balances and the optimisation of the glass melting process with the goal of an efficient use of fuel.

In the course of time, further test methods and investigations were added, complemented by teaching courses for supervisors and technicians in the glassworks as well as contact to relevant research institutes and universities.


  • 08 July 1920
    Foundation of WBG in Frankfurt/Main
  • 13 Jan. 1936
    Reorganisation of WBG to HVG
  • 10 Dec. 1948
    First general meeting after the war and resumption of HVG activities
  • 1955
    HVG becomes member of the newly founded German Federation of Industrial Research Associations AiF
  • 1957
    Move to the new »Haus der Glastechnik« in Bockenheimer Landstraße, Frankfurt/Main
  • 1978
    Move to office building in Mendelssohnstrasse 75 -77, Frankfurt/Main
  • 06 Nov. 2003
    Opening of the new HVG/DGG building in Siemensstr. 45, Offenbach am Main