Glass Futures is a Global Centre of Excellence for Glass in R&D, innovation, technology incubation and implementation, training and up-skilling which is a partnership of a number of leading organisations from around the world.


Guardian Industries

Guardian Industries is a privately held industrial manufacturer of glass, automotive and building products based in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  Guardian Glass is one of the world's largest glass manufacturers with leading positions in float and fabricated glass products for commercial, residential and transportation applications.  Guardian Glass produces high performance glass around the world for architectural, residential, interior, transportation and technical glass applications. Its energy-efficient, low-E-coated glass is designed to meet the toughest architectural and aesthetic challenges to help architects and designers Build with Light®.  Award-winning scientists and engineers at its Science & Technology Centre are always working to create new glass products and solutions using the most advanced technology.

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As the world’s leading glass container manufacturer, O-I has more than a century of experience crafting pure, sustainable, brand-building glass packaging for many of the world’s best-known food and beverage brands. The company provides high quality glass packaging for beer, wine, spirits, food, non-alcoholic beverages, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. O-I also produces tableware and stemware for household use.  The company is headquartered in Perrysburg, Ohio.  It has 27,000 employees worldwide and 80 plants in 23 countries.

Siemens plc

Siemens (Berlin and Munich) is a global powerhouse in electrical engineering and electronics. The company has 351,000 employees working to develop and manufacture products, design and install complex systems and projects, and tailor a wide range of services for individual requirements. Siemens has been active in the glass sector for more than 150 years. Building further on its rich history, Siemens today provides solutions that offer even greater efficiency, productivity and sustainability in the glass industry. 

Siemens is also the world's leading supplier of industrial software used for product design, simulation, verification, testing and manufacturing. MindSphere is the open, scalable cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) that lets you connect your machines and physical infrastructure to the digital world. It lets manufacturers harness big data from billions of intelligent devices, enabling them to uncover transformational insights across their entire business. 


University of Leeds

The University of Leeds is one of the world's top 100 universities and part of the Russell Group of leading UK universities.  The Faculty of Engineering is top 100 in the world for engineering and technology and one of the largest engineering groupings in the UK having in excess of 700 staff, 3,500 students.  The School of Chemical and Process Engineering is globally renowned for its teaching and research with an established reputation across the entire spectrum of chemical, energy, petroleum, nuclear engineering and aviation technology.


Swarovski Group

What started in 1895 as a small crystal manufacturing business in Wattens, Austria, has grown to be a leading group of companies. The Swarovski Group comprises Swarovski Optik, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-precision long-range optical products such as telescopes and binoculars; Tyrolit, a leading manufacturer of bonded grinding, cutting, sawing, drilling and dressing tools, as well as a provider of tools and machines for the construction industry; and the Swarovski Crystal Business. Swarovski designs, manufactures and sells highest quality crystal, genuine gemstones, created stones, and finished products such as jewelry, accessories and lighting solutions.

The Swarovski Group has revenue of EUR 3.36 billion and employs approx. 32,000 people around the world.

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The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London

The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London received its Charter from King Charles II in 1664. The Glass Sellers’ Company is a Livery Company similar to the guilds of medieval times. Its original purpose was to regulate trade within London in articles made of glass, to ensure quality and fair trade.  Today representatives of almost all the varied interests of the modern glass industry are members of the Livery. The Company therefore seeks to support and promote the wider Glass industries. These are: manufacturers of glass, ceramics, bottles, lenses, composites, medical glass, microchips; the Telecoms, Media and Technology sector; sectors which are major users of glass and organisations that provide services to the wider glass industries.

British Glass and Glass Technology Services

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British Glass Manufacturers Confederation (British Glass) is a not for profit organisation that represents the interests of those businesses involved in the manufacturer of glass and its supply chain.  The current membership supports 75 organisations across the UK and Europe with a small number of members from further afield.  Glass Technology Services, a wholly owned subsidiary, undertakes commercial activities as well as the Innovation function.  British Glass was formed more than 25 years ago and previously as a research organisation operating for 60 years in total. It has demonstrable influence at local, national and international level.



Encirc is a market leader in glass container design, manufacturing, bottling and logistics solutions for the UK and Irish food and beverages industries.  With over 1,200 employees, it operates from its purpose-built sites in Derrylin, Co Fermanagh, NI and Elton, Cheshire, the company produces more than 2.7 billion glass bottles and other containers annually, and can fill up to 250 million litres of bulk shipped beverages every year. 

The integrated group offering means customers benefit from a ‘one-stop-shop’ approach, which includes access to Europe’s largest bonded warehouse, significantly shortening the supply chain and delivering considerable cost and environmental savings to customers.



Tecoglas specialises in the design, supply and construction of regenerative, recuperative, oxy-fuel and electric melt furnaces for the melting of the complete range of glass types.  We provide state-of-the-art melting technology, engineering contracting and consulting to all sectors of the glass industry.

We are part of the TECO Group, one the world leaders in glass furnace design and melting technology.

Sheffield Hallam University


Sheffield Hallam (SHU) is the 7th largest university in the UK, with 31,484 students and a turnover of £266.5 million. In 2015/6 our students were enrolled on 672 different courses, and more than half of all courses offer integrated practice or work placement opportunities. SHU is in the top five of all UK modern universities for research quality. SHU’s Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI) is a dynamic interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to addressing industrial problems through the application of fundamental science and engineering. We have highly successful track record applying cutting edge research to find innovative solutions to industry problems. The quality of our research has been confirmed by the results of the national Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, where 56% of the submitted research received the prestigious 4* and 3* rating as world-leading and internationally excellent.

Pilkington United Kingdom Limited

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As a member of the NSG Group, Pilkington United Kingdom Limited is one of the leading glass suppliers in the UK. Leaders in glass technology, with major manufacturing facilities located across the nation we are based in St Helens and at the NSG Group's European Technical Centre nearby in Lathom, Lancashire.
We employ around 3,000 people across the UK, producing a range of glass solutions, from the manufacture of float, rolled and coated glass to glass processing and merchanting, automotive original equipment (OE) and automotive glass replacement (AGR) manufacture.


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AMETEK Land is the world’s leading manufacturer of monitors and analysers for industrial infrared non-contact temperature measurement, combustion efficiency and environmental pollutant emissions. Founded in the UK in 1947, Land Instruments International Limited developed a reputation for producing innovative, resilient measurement technologies designed to operate in the most challenging conditions. Acquired by the Process & Analytical Instruments Division of AMETEK, Inc in 2006, today AMETEK Land is the premium supplier of product application solutions to world industries including steelmaking, glass making, minerals processing, hydrocarbon processing and thermal power generation.

Our success rests on award-winning technologies that push the limits demanded by the ever-increasing technical demands of global industry. Aligned with our expert knowledge, we meet the challenges of a wide range of applications, delivering process safety, process control and product quality our customers depend on.

University of Cambridge and the Department of Engineering

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The University of Cambridge consistently ranks among the top handful of universities globally. Its mission is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence. Engineering at Cambridge is an integrated department and is the largest department at the University. It is one of the leading centers of engineering in the world. The combination of academic excellence, a superb environment and an integrated approach across all aspects of engineering enables the department to create real benefits to industry and society more widely.

University of Liverpool

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Founded in 1881 as the original ‘red brick’, the University of Liverpool is one of the UK’s leading research-intensive higher education institutions. Consistently ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide, we are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of the UK’s leading research universities and have a global reach and influence that reflects our academic heritage as one of the country’s largest civic institutions. Our research power has been ranked 20th in the UK’s most recent 2014 Research Excellence Framework, with seven subjects in the top 10 for 3* and 4* research excellence, including General Engineering and Chemistry. We are driving breakthroughs in developing new materials and processes with large-scale applications in both industry and consumer products.