Glass Focus 2019

Glass Focus 2019

It’s back! The prestigious annual Glass Focus will take place on Thursday 21 November 2019 in Sheffield.

Join us this year for a full daytime programme of speakers, networking and discussions, followed by the evening gala awards dinner – all hosted at the Mercure St Paul’s Hotel, in the heart of the city.

Everyone with a stake in glass is invited. Each year it’s a unique opportunity to celebrate and network with decision makers including:

  • glass manufacturers
  • machinery and material suppliers
  • recyclers
  • brands and buyers
  • policy makers
  • researchers

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Tickets include both conference attendance and your place at the black-tie awards dinner. They are priced at £195 for British Glass members and £249 for non-members.

Tickets for this year's event are now on sale.

Book online at Eventbrite or email


09.00- 09.45

Registration, refreshments and networking

09.45 – 10.00    

Dave Dalton, CEO, British Glass
Opening address

10.00 – 10.30    

Andy Williams, Manufacturing Lead, CBI
Issues and challenges for UK manufacturing

10.30 – 11.00

Professor Alicia Durán, Research Professor CSIC, President of the International Commission on Glass –Breaking the glass ceiling
The Significance of Promoting Diversity in the Glass industry

11.00 – 11.30    

Refreshment break

11.30 – 12.10    

Martyn Marshall, Melting/R&D Lead, Glass Technology Services
Looking Backwards, Looking Forward

12.10 – 12.30   

Brian McMillan – Chair, Glass Futures Ltd. 
The outlook for Glass Futures – why get involved

12.30 – 13.00    

British Glass AGM (Lunch for non-BG members)

13.00 – 14.00    


14.00 – 14.30   

Sanjay Patel, Founder, The Packaging Collective
The purpose & 5Ps of packaging

14.30 – 15.00    

Aston Fuller, British Glass
The circular economy and the industrial symbiosis of flat glass

15.00- 15.30      

Networking break

15.30 – 16.15    

Panel discussion
The future of glass’ – covering manufacturing processes, packaging, R&D, technology  

16.15 – 16.30    

Closing address

16.30 – 17.30    

Networking drinks (sponsored by Glass Technology Services Ltd.)

Further speaker and programme information will be released soon – register for updates to get the latest straight to your inbox.


Each year British Glass recognises, celebrates and promotes best practice in glass and its supply chain industries. The entries and the awards ceremony reveal the outstanding achievements of the preceding year – and are an excellent opportunity to showcase your organisation. 

Winners for all categories will be announced at the Glass Focus Awards 2019, to be held at the Mercure St Paul’s hotel in Sheffield on Thursday 21 November 2019.  

This year’s categories are:
•    Design of the year – container
•    Design of the year - flat
•    Innovative solution
•    Health and safety action
•    Sustainable practice 
•    Apprentice of the year
•    Strengthening business through people 

The awards are open to members and non-members of British Glass and you can enter multiple categories, submit more than one entry in any category, and may enter the same initiative for more than one category. Take a look at the 2018 winners for some inspiration.

The deadline for this year’s entries has now passed. 

Download our Guide for entrants for the full judging criteria and terms and conditions.

Download the 2019 Awards entry form.


British Glass believes that the best ideas come from collaborative thinking – which is why we welcome the full glass manufacturing supply chain into membership. We’re also delighted by the range of companies who have kindly chosen to support Glass Focus 2019.

Glass Futures

The headline sponsor for Glass Focus 2019, Glass Futures is a not-for-profit company, created as a core entity to develop two UK-based “Catapult-like” Centres of Excellence in glass comprising R&D, innovation, technology incubation and implementation, training and up-skilling. It brings together the global glass industry and academia.


Arco is the UK’s leading safety company, dedicated to offering the very best safety products and services to the glass industry with a core purpose of keeping people safe at work. Through its dedicated in-house experts, Arco helps to shape the safety world to ensure UK workers go home safe every night.  It distributes a world-class range of over 170,000 quality assured, branded and own brand products, including personal protective equipment, workwear, safety footwear, gloves, workplace safety and hygiene products. It also provides professional safety services encompassing training, consultancy and site services.  

Glass Technology Services Ltd

Glass Technology Services Ltd provides analysis, testing, consultancy and research and development support to all parts of the glass supply chain – from raw materials to the end consumer. The experts in glass pride themselves on their reputation, confidentiality and impartiality and are accredited to ISO 9001 and ISO/IEC 17025 standards. 

Glass Internaional

Glass International offers readers the latest news from across the hollow, container, flat, and speciality glassmaking industry. The magazine and website focuses on glassmaking from raw materials to the hot and cold ends and everything in between. Regular features comprise of company and country profiles, technical innovations to improve the efficiency of the glassmaking process and previews and reviews of industry conferences and exhibitions.

Glass Worldwide

Glass Worldwide is the leading bi-monthly magazine for the UK and global glass industry. Every issue features a broad cross-section of articles that assist all areas of production and processing. Whatever your company’s area of glass making expertise, Glass Worldwide will provide you with balanced editorial coverage of the latest news, technology, profiles, market reports and event coverage.


CutPRO® Cut Resistant Clothing is a pioneering brand of highly protective clothing. Manufactured using using one of the world’s most reliable, fully certified and thoroughly field-tested cut resistant fabric Cut-Tex® PRO – the world’s most advanced cut resistant fabric.
Together with one of the UK’s top universities’ department of apparel, CutPRO® designed a range of innovative garments as a result of extensive research and contribution from health and safety professionals of leading flat glass and sheet metal processing companies. 
Our products truly take cut resistant clothing to a whole new level and offer outstanding levels of cut, tear, abrasion and puncture resistance, while being durable, lightweight and comfortable to wear, protecting workers from cuts and lacerations.
CutPRO®’s dream is to eliminate cut injuries in the glass industry, and they won’t stop until they have achieved precisely that. 


LIMAB UK is a leading distributor of non-contact laser and optical measuring systems for in-process industrial measurement applications. Our products and services are used by manufacturing companies to improve efficiency, reduce manufacturing costs and improve quality through measurement testing and process control. We are the UK distributor for LumaSense Technologies for their range of pyrometers and thermal imagers.

If you'd like to join them in supporting Glass Focus 2019 please email with your name, company and phone number and we’ll get right back to you.


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