Glass Future’s Global Centre of Excellence for glass is located in St. Helens, U.K.

Glass Futures, a not-for-profit research and technology organization, plans to launch a virtual insight into the world’s first Global Centre of Excellence for glass in St. Helens, U.K.

The facility is set to connect the glass industry and academia to deliver exportable research and development and innovation, as well as training and up-skilling opportunities, according to the organization. This will ensure glass making’s future is built on sustainable, recyclable and carbon-zero products.

Glass Futures has secured more than $41 million in funding from national, regional and local governments plus a nearly $27.4 million investment from the industry to support the facility. The organization has also secured more than $10.9 million in funding to progress a range of other research developments for the glass sector. These include 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, according to the organization.

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

The collaborations will be held on:

  • Overview, materials, melting and refractories and Q&A – Wednesday, January 27, 2021 from 2-3:30 p.m. (GMT)
  • Digitisation, forming and quality and Q&A – Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 2-3:30 p.m. (GMT)
  • People, skills and collaboration and Q&A – Wednesday, March 31, 2021 from 2-3:30 p.m. (GMT)

“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,” says Aston Fuller, general manager of Glass Futures. “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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