Due to the postponement of Glass Performance Days (GPD) to February 16-18, 2022, the nomination period for the Jorma Vitkala Award of Merit (JVAM) has been extended until January 10, 2022.

“Four years ago, the Jorma Vitkala Award of Merit was created by Jean-Paul Hautekeer/Dow Europe GmbH and other glass industry leaders to recognize outstanding individual contributions to the glass industry,” according to a press release. “Every two years, this award will continue to be granted during each GPD to a new recipient who has been selected through an international nomination procedure.”

“While the highlighting and personification of the award is a very concrete and effective publicity step, we wish to underline that it is for the common good and progress of the glass industry that the award is instituted,” says Hautekeer. “Continued innovative progress and bold new solutions will keep the applications of glass at the forefront for designers, industries and research institutions and provide us with effective competitiveness in the choices of materials and solutions for building, automotive and interior decorating. This award is our special tribute to leading contributors in the development of the glass industry.”

The nomination form can be found here.

A nomination committee composed of glass industry experts and international press will select the winner based on approved criteria by secret ballot after the deadline. The recipient of the JVAM 2021 will be announced at the GPD 2022.