High calibre expertise drives future development

High calibre expertise drives future development

Glass Futures, in the process of building a proposed global centre of glass excellence in R&D, training and innovation in the UK, has announced a series of changes to its board of directors.

With the board comprising eight representatives from the global glass industry, supply chain and academia, Richard Katz, CEO of Glass Futures, commented: “We are delighted to welcome a board of such high calibre experts from various fields who are all passionate about the future of glass. In partnership with a number of leading organisations from around the world, the board will be instrumental in the achievement of our goals and will co-operate closely with the existing advisory committee and our expanding team of full time staff.

The board of directors comprises: Brian McMillan, Chairman Glass Futures (retired Technical Director, Allied Glass); Professor Peter Jimack, Head of Engineering, University of Leeds; Adrian Curry, Managing Director, Encirc Glass; Ludovic Valette, Vice President – Global Technology, O-I; Sheldon Davis, Vice President, Research and Development, Guardian Glass; Yan Cui, Finance Manager, Siemens Digital Industries; Kevin Coles, Finance Manager, British Glass Manufacturers’ Confederation; and Richard Katz, Chief Executive, Glass Futures.

The St Helens Star local newspaper is reporting that Glass Futures has been approved to receive £9 million of funding as part of the Liverpool City Region’s £1.4 billion ‘Building Back Better’ economic recovery plan.

If delivered, the £54 million project will have the first and only experimental furnace of its kind in the world with provision for research and development trials to decarbonise the UK glass industry.



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