In these centuries, a predominant role is given by the French industrial group Saint-Gobain and their technological invention decisive: the casting in glass on board (1688). The glassmakers worked the glass mass with a roller to obtain a homogeneous thickness. The process was ideal for the realization of the mirrors that went to decorate the palaces in Rococo style of the nobility of the time.
A further innovative stage in the history of glass dates to 1867, when Friedrich Siemens introduced a technical innovation that accelerated the industrialization of glass production: the continuous basin furnace. Even today, the basin furnaces consist of the melting and processing tank and workday and night without interruption. This was an important stage for the automated production of glass containers.