Apollinaris Spring and their Rheinahr Glasfabrik

The Apollinaris Mineral Springs in Neuenahr, Germany, played a significant roll in bringing the Owen's automatic bottle blowing machine to Europe as they were the fist ones to license the machine in Europe (Biram 1958:21N). The Owen's machine was the first fully-automated bottle making machine ever patented, and it changed the future of bottles and bottling forever - allowing for large numbers of inexpensive glass bottles to be made. The Coca-Cola plant in Neuenahr stands in the same location as the old Apollinaris plant, and most of the buildings you see here no longer exist. The spring is still present on the edge of the Coca Cola campus, and one of the old buildings in the following photographs still stands across from the spring.

Arched entrance to the Apollinaris spring, Neuenahr, Germany - the spring itself was behind this building. A fountain could be found behind the arched doorway.

Apollinaris plant also showing the white arched entrance to the left

Apollinaris plant with arched entrance highlighted. Across the street from the arch, the 3 1/2 story brick building with the two gabled ends is the one that still stands (also the low building beside it to the right still appears to be there):

The Rheinahr Flaschen-Fabrik was built 1906-1908 by the Apollinaris Company - so they could make their own bottles using the Owens Machine. They had one machine operating as a demonstration machine in 1907. By 1909, three were in operation, with three being installed. All six were in operation by 1910.

Apollinaris Rheinar Glasfabrik in Sinzig ca. 1910 - the white building in the middle is the one that still exists (it is used for farmer's markets, dances, and such):

Map showing the Rheinahr Plant lower right labelled "Flaschen Fbr." You can see the 4 chimneys and the Water Tower (Wass.T) as well as the train tracks

Loading bottles of Apollinaris onto sailboats on the Rhine at Remagen (North of Sinzig)


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