GLASS SERVICE a.s. welcomes Marc Russo as new General Manager

20 5 月, 2024

SEFPRO has completed the acquisition of GLASS SERVICE a.s., including F.I.C. UK and FlammaTec, on April 2, 2024.

To facilitate integration and leverage the combined strengths, Marc Russo has been appointed General Manager of GLASS SERVICE a.s. entities.

Marc Russo brings 20 years of experience with SEFPRO, as Global Supply Chain Director and as Plant Director. He also has prior experience as General Director of a company comparable in size to the Glass Service group.

Marc will be supported by the former GLASS SERVICE management team in their new roles:

Josef Chmelar as Technical and Innovation Director, Petr Chmelar as General Secretary, Erik Muijsenberg as Commercial Director, and Glenn Neff as Sales Director of GS USA.

This acquisition creates a truly unique value proposition in the market by offering comprehensive solutions throughout the lifecycle of a glass furnace. It will enable our customers to better manage their energy consumption and refractory performance, supported by advanced supervisory smart model-based software with AI, thus helping to control and reduce emissions.

Together, we can better assist our clients in improving performance and productivity, and in progressing towards the decarbonization of the glassmaking process. Both SEFPRO and GLASS SERVICE have made significant efforts in this direction and have developed innovative solutions, particularly in predicting the impacts of design and process on furnace lifetime and energy consumption.



SEFPRO is the only refractory group worldwide fully dedicated to and streamlined for offering top-of-the-line refractory solutions specifically to the glass industries. For nearly a hundred years, SEFPRO has played a key role in the evolution of the refractory offer available to glassmakers over the world, by relying on three major pillars: refractory expertise, innovation capability, and worldwide presence.

Our industry is entering a new era. Beyond the sustainability imperative, glass must achieve carbon neutrality and circularity. As the leading refractory solution provider to the glass industry, SEFPRO acknowledges its central role in these crucial challenges.

This partnership marks a strategic collaboration focused on innovation, digitalization, decarbonization, and sustainability within the glass industry.

With this acquisition, GLASS SERVICE Group and SEFPRO are committed to continuing as strong, reliable, and innovative partners for glassmakers worldwide.