The British Glass Manufacturers' Confederation - both a trade federation and a materials organization - represents the UK's glass industry.
From its offices in Sheffield, it acts as the industry's collective voice communicating the concerns and aspirations of the glass sector to local and national Government, the European Union and other external interest groups and trade bodies. It also provides a range of environmental and technical services and expertise.
Renowned as a centre of international excellence, British Glass is instrumental in promoting glass as the first choice material for containers, flat glass, domestic glass, scientific glass, technical glass and glass fibre applications.
The organization is active in many areas; for instance, technical developments and standards, climate change and health & safety to name a few. Through the development of projects, for instance, the Glass Charter, British Glass has focused industry on the importance of Health & Safety within the workplace. The Charter provides legislation and best practice guidance and a forum for raising and discussing health & safety issues.
Glass Technology Services (GTS) is an independent subsidiary of British Glass, functioning as the complete answer to the technical, production and environmental challenges and needs of the global glass community. With its own purpose-built laboratory, the company also provides R & D facilities and a range of services including new product development, product performance, melting, fitness for purpose, failure assessment, analysis and testing, environmental monitoring and legal expert witness services.
There has been a lot of focus on packaging recycling in recent years and the release of the Packaging Strategy consultation and the 2009 recycling performance figures have reignited this debate.
The UK's glass industry employs around 100,000 people in primary, secondary and upstream/downstream activities. It is a vital industry in today's economy, creating a great range of products, many of which we take for granted.
British Glass has announced that Dave Dalton is to be appointed CEO of the British Glass Manufacturers' Confederation, James Chisholm as CFO and John Stockdale is to be promoted to the position of Environmental Director.
The British Glass Manufacturers' Confederation is very pleased to announce that its new President is to be Stephen Pollock-Hill, Group Chairman and Managing Director of Nazeing Glass.
In his Pre-budget report the chancellor effectively indicated through changes in tax rules that he would increase the cost of UK manufacture of essential basic materials for the construction of wind turbines, solar panels, photovoltaics, insulation and advanced thermal glazing.