Virtual door to centre of excellence

Not-for-profit research and technology organisation Glass Futures will launch a virtual insight into the world’s first Global Centre of Excellence for glass in St Helens.

The facility is set to provide the glass industry with innovative ideas, and training and up-skilling opportunities, to make sure glass-making is built on sustainable, recyclable, carbon-zero products.

Glass Futures secured more than £30 million in funding from national, regional and local government, plus £20 million investment committed from industry to support this new facility.

The company also secured more than £8 million funding to progress a range of other R&D developments for the glass sector, including the exploration of low carbon fuels such as hydrogen and biofuels in glass making, alongside the development of new raw materials and new furnace technologies, all of which will help to further reduce the carbon footprint of glass products to help the industry meet its 2050 decarbonisation targets.

Glass Futures will hold a series of open access virtual and interactive workshops for glass manufacturers, technology suppliers and glass end users. They will have the opportunity to find out more about the proposals, how the centre of excellence will benefit their business, the carbon saving opportunity, and how industry, up-skilling and training will be delivered.

Aston Fuller, general manager of Glass Futures, said: “This government investment into the Glass Futures Centre of Excellence will transform our industry. No one single manufacturer, no matter how large, can explore the ideal technological solutions the sector needs to evolve, but together we can.

“Glass Futures is a collaborative project and inclusion, input and expertise from the wider industry is vital. We want to work closely with suppliers, manufacturers, contractors and product users to ensure we can best respond to the industry needs, as well as delivering solutions that advance us towards the net zero carbon goal.”

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