O-I Partners with University of Toledo to Advance R&D

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UT to offer state-of-the-art equipment and graduate student support for
innovative glass manufacturing research

Perrysburg, Ohio (February 22, 2013) - Owens-Illinois Inc. (NYSE: OI) announces
that it has signed a three-year agreement with the University of Toledo College
of Engineering, Chemical & Environmental Engineering Department, to support
research at O-I's new R&D Innovation Center.

Scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2013, the R&D Innovation Center will
produce sample glass containers using new manufacturing technologies and product
designs being tested by the company. "We are excited about the opportunity to
use UT's state-of-the-art equipment to help us advance our understanding of
basic principles," said Dr. Kimberly Houchens, vice president of R&D for O-I.
"Our scientists will benefit from the help of UT graduate students, who will
leverage the university's extensive laboratory capabilities."

UT's College of Engineering, Chemical & Environmental Engineering Department has
considerable experience developing and characterizing other types of sustainable
materials. "This partnership with O-I will give us an opportunity to expand our
efforts and add glass to our materials experience, giving our students new
opportunities to learn and grow," said Dr. Maria Coleman, professor and co-
director of UT's Institute for Sustainable Engineering Materials.

The agreement covers salary and fees for graduate research assistants to partner
with O-I scientists and engineers. The budget also covers the purchase of newly
available equipment specific to characterize glass, and fees to use UT's
existing equipment, including x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy


About O-I
Owens-Illinois, Inc. (NYSE: OI) is the world's largest glass container
manufacturer and preferred partner for many of the world's leading food and
beverage brands. With revenues of $7.0 billion in 2012, the Company is
headquartered in Perrysburg, Ohio, USA, and employs approximately 22,500 people
at 79 plants in 21 countries. O-I delivers safe, sustainable, pure, iconic,
brand-building glass packaging to a growing global marketplace. O-I's Glass Is
Life(TM) movement promotes the widespread benefits of glass packaging in key
markets around the globe. For more information, visit or

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