The UKs glass industry is highly diverse. The industry is spread throughout the country and employs thousands of people making it a vital economic force that has a crucial role to play in the prosperity of the UK. And like many other manufacturing industries the UKs glass sector is competing in tough international markets.
One of the key roles of British Glass is to represent the views of all the different sectors that make up the UKs glass industry. As part of that role we are constantly lobbying politicians and civil servants at local, regional, national and EU level to consider the impact of legislative changes on the industry.
The following Position Papers outline the position of British Glass on various pieces of existing and proposed legislation and issues that affect its members.
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'.