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Glass – the future and £60 million funding

Liveryman Dave Dalton – Chief Executive of British Glass, Court Assistant Maria Chanmugam – Chairman, Glass Committee, Liveryman Dave Fordham – Managing Director of Glass Worldwide, and Prime Warden Richard Katz – Board Director of Glass Futures

Over 100 leading names from across the glass industry and supply chain, academia as well as local and national government attended the Glass Futures event at St Helen’s, Merseyside on 23 July 2019.

The event outlined plans to create two Centres of Glass Excellence, hot glass at St Helens and cold end research at the University of Leeds. These two multi-million-pound international research and testing facilities, planned to shape the way forward for the glass sector. Amongst other aims, the hot glass facility is aiming to eliminate CO2 form the manufacturing process.  

Attendees learnt how they can influence and benefit from the planned research into clean fuels and innovation to boost manufacturing productivity, and so set the agenda for how the £1.6 billion UK glass sector and its supply chain can benefit from the Glass Futures initiative.  Glass Futures is currently pursuing UK government funding streams circa £60m from BEIS and Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation.

The event was supported by St Helens Council who have committed to providing the design and planning work needed to launch Glass Futures


About Glass Futures

Glass Futures is a not-for-profit company, created as a core entity to develop two UK-based “Catapult-like” Centres of Excellence in glass comprising R&D, innovation, technology incubation and implementation, training and up-skilling.  It brings together the global glass industry and academia.

Led by some of the World’s largest glass manufacturers, supply chain partners and leading UK University research groups, its aim is to create two centres of excellence:

  • Unique multi-fuelled ‘Hot’ glass pilot facility in St Helen’s, Merseyside
  • High Tech ‘Cold’ glass research centre at the University of Leeds.
Contributing organisations

Guardian Glass, Owens-Illinois, Encirc, NSG Pilkington, Siemens, Swarowski Group, British Glass Manufacturers’ Confederation, Glass Technology Services, TECOGLAS, Ametek Land, FIC (UK)


University of Leeds, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Cambridge, University of Liverpool


The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London, Society of Glass Technology

 Glass Sellers involvement

The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London has been a contributing organisation in Glass Futures since 2016 and is represented on the Advisory Board by Chairman of the Glass Committee, Maria Chanmugam.

Download for more information about Glass Futures

Go to the Glass Futures website