Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, part of the NSG Group, has appointed Neil Syder to managing director as the company adapts to an age of decarbonization and targets new opportunities, according to a press release.

He began at the company working in R&D in the 1980s, building experience over four decades in specialist glass coatings, running production lines and operational planning.

Syder has over 30 years of experience within the company, most recently, as head of operations.

He was the second Syder to hold the position of head of operations at the glass giant, moving temporarily to Sweden as a child when his father established the company’s Halmstad plant.

Syder takes over for Matt Buckley, who retires after serving as managing director for more than a decade and having spent 30 years with the business. The change takes effect from the end of December 2021.

“It’s an exciting time to take this new post, with the glass industry set to play a transformative role in an age of decarbonization,” Syder says. “We’ve undertaken the world’s first trials in powering a glass furnace with hydrogen at our base in St Helens to help improve our carbon impact within supply chains, while simultaneously delivering the materials that will enable better energy performance in the built environment.”