Glass Futures was delighted to support the British Glass, Glass Focus 2019 Conference and Awards held at the Mercure St Paul’s Hotel in Sheffield.

The conference was attended by delegates from across the industry and supply chain. The programme covered a wide range of subjects such as Professor Alicia Duran, Research Professor CSIC, President of the International Commission who spoke on the Significance of Promoting Diversity in the Glass Industry; and Aston Fuller, British Glass Programme Manager who spoke on The circular economy and the industrial symbiosis of flat glass.

Chairman of the Advisory Board, Brian McMillan spoke on The outlook for Glass Futures – why get involved. Heoutlined the achievements so far in getting support from industry, academic institutions and government. The priorities for the next five years will be around fuel switching, new raw materials, energy efficiency and intelligent control systems.

A number of Glass Futures contributing partners and advisory board members attended the event.

Glass Focus Awards

The Glass Focus Awards are British Glass’ annual showcase of the UK glass industry. Companies from across the whole glass supply chain come together to celebrate their achievements over the past year. The best of what the UK glass sector has to offer was on show, from ground-breaking innovation to the fresh faces of the industry already making a difference.

Strengthening business through people award

Glass Futures sponsored the Strengthening Business Through People Award which went to O-I’s ‘Career Ready’ community programme.

Volunteers at O-I’s site in Alloa have created a talent pipeline alongside UK charity Career Ready for youngsters in the local area to join the glass industry which goes from mentoring school students to internships, an apprentice scheme and, finally, permanent employment.

The partnership has already seen two new employees begin their careers at the Alloa glass plant, learning from experienced and skilled practitioners.

Judges were impressed with the programme building a sense of community in the local area and encouraging people to come into the glass industry by providing guidance and mentoring.

More information about the awards and winners