Ahmet Kırman

The International Commission on Glass (ICG), a not-for-profit glass society comprised of 33 national organizations in glass science and technology, has awarded Şişecam Group vice president and CEO Ahmet Kırman with the President’s Award. The award recognizes his contributions to the development of the world glass industry.

The award ceremony was held during the 25th International Glass Conference in Boston June 9-14, 2019.

At her speech during the award ceremony, Alicia Duran Carrera, head of GlaSS Research Group, noted, “Under Prof. Kırman’s management, through strategic investment initiatives, the number of countries where Şişecam Group is carrying out production activities increased from four to 13, while the number of production facilities rose from 26 to 43. Subsequently, the volume of glass and chemicals production has doubled, while the number of employees increased from 15,000 to 22,000. During this growth, with his strong support, leadership and vision, Şişecam has significantly invested and improved its existing capabilities in research and development to build Turkey’s largest glass science and technology research center. Prof. Kırman’s leadership boosts open innovation and pre-competition cooperation, even co-creations on a corporate scale, through joint studies and projects with strategic partnerships. In this road map, the ICG activities and close involvement with Technical Committees have been one key partner of uppermost importance. Prof. Kırman has provided a continuing and all-round contribution to this cooperation to encourage the work on glass science and technology at an international scale.”

“Prof. Kırman’s consistent commitment to glass science and technology is evident in his notable professional achievements and he has served as an extraordinary role model to senior professionals as well as an inspiration to development of staff at the beginning of their careers. As an industrialist, his nomination for this honor represents for ICG an opportunity to recognize a person from the industry. Beyond his outstanding input to the growth of his company, his commitment with R&D in glass, with particular attention to the ICG activities at all levels, are qualities that meet the essential characteristics recognized by this award,” added Duran Carrera.

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