Glass Futures connects the glass industry and academia to create an industry cluster to ensure increased productivity and sustainability in the sector.
Glass Futures will be the world’s first openly-accessible, commercially available and multi-disciplinary glass melting facility.
Our aims are
- To ensure that invention successfully converts to innovation and ultimately to wealth and prosperity for the sector and the communities these organisations operate within.
- To be a world-class “Centre of Excellence for Glass” linking the universities of Leeds, Sheffield, and Hallam to major industrial sponsors and central government funding mechanisms to provide a unique facility encompassing a real scaled-down manufacturing facility for hands-on training, full R&D facilities and a small-scale production line for hire which will enable manufacturers to fulfil the smaller elements of their customer’s requirements at commercially beneficial rates.
- To create a much needed apprenticeship and general up-skilling and training centre for the glass community