About British Glass
British Glass Manufacturers Confederation is instrumental in promoting glass as first choice material across all glass sectors and ensuring that both the industry and its products remain competitive, innovative and are not unnecessarily or disproportionately hindered by new regulation, standards or legislative changes. We act as the industry’s focal point, playing the principal role in communicating the concerns and aspirations of our Members to the Government, the European Union and other external interest groups and trade bodies.
British Glass Exists for the Benefit of our Members
Our activities are driven by members’ aspirations, issues and concerns. We offer relevant, impartial and comprehensive advice and information backed up by a unique information library holding over 100 years’ of glass industry news, statistics, patents, standards, technical papers and translations. We enthusiastically promote glass as the first choice material for: Containers; Flat glass; Domestic glass; Scientific glass, Technical glass and Glass fibre applications and we offer guidance and support not only to manufacturers, but across the entire supply chain, from initial design to end-product.
In 2007 British Glass added ISO:14001 - joining ISO:9001 and ISO:17025 - to its well established reputation for quality. ISO:14001 reflects the growing focus within the UK business community on environmental issues which often go hand-in-hand with cost saving - this is particularly true within the energy intensive sector which British Glass primarily serves where price increases over the last few years have made energy savings - even small ones - valuable. Click here to see our Environmental Policy Statement .
Positive, Constructive Engagement with Authorities
Offering constructive engagement with authorities, rather than simply reactively lobbying, allows British Glass to foster relationships and constructively advise government officials, influencers and senior civil servants across all relevant authorities.
Ensuring Skills, Development & Opportunities
We aim to make sure these opportunities exist for the current workforce and grow for future generations in this exciting and diverse industry. Initiatives such as The Glass Academy, funded by the UK government, aim to promote career opportunities, fund, support and deliver education and training with industrial partners and better understand, and overcome, the growing skills gap in the United Kingdom.
Promoting the Benefits of Glass as a Material
Ensuring that this unique substance continues to be a primary material of choice where it provides the best solution for a range of applications, products and components and to raise public awareness of the benefits that glass provides and its extensive use in our everyday lives.
Cultivating the Benefits of Glass Recycling
Supporting the infrastructure to facilitate glass recycling is of prime concern to British Glass. We ensure the industry is ready to comply with a series of tough packaging recycling targets proposed by the government from 2013-17.
Stimulate Innovation, Research and Further Development
We strive to stimulate innovation, R&D and further development of the material glass, associated technologies, uses and applications. Partially through our traditional working groups and stakeholder engagement, but also more proactively by facilitating discussion on specific threats or opportunities identified by the industry, its supply chain or competitors.
Unrivalled Technical Expertise
Our technical arm, Glass Technology Services (GTS), is a world-renowned centre of excellence, helping companies around the globe to solve technical and production challenges.
Power from a Strong, Clear, Unified Voice
The weight of the glass industry and its’ extensive supply chain is significant and, by representing our members and presenting a clear, consolidated message, British Glass has influence at regional, national and international spheres.
Come and Join Us!
Membership is open to all organisations that manufacture, process, use or trade glass, or supply the industry, in any form and in any worldwide territory.
For further information, or to join British Glass, please see our membership page.
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Many glass making terms have entered the language: 'Coddswallop': Hiram Codd invented the marble stoppered 'pop' bottle in the 1870s, and millions of the bottles were made, particularly in South Yorkshire. 'Wallop' was the name given to the cheap beer of the day, and beer drinkers dubbed the contents of the codd bottle 'a load of coddswallop'.