Glass Focus 2018 will take place on Thursday 22 November at the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield.

This year’s Glass Focus event consist of an afternoon of presentations, discussion and networking focussed on driving manufacturing productivity with digital technology followed by our annual Glass Focus Awards.

The agenda

15.00 – Arrivals
15.15 – Graham Hillier – Resource efficiency and digital manufacturing: will they help our productivity?
15.40 – Chris Sorsby – Virtual reality in glass manufacturing
16.00 – Break
16.15 – Panel discussion featuring Dave Dalton, Alan Norbury and Graham Hillier
16.40 – Dave Dalton – closing remarks
17.00 – Afternoon close
19.00 – Drinks reception
19.30 – Three course Gala dinner
21.30 – Glass Focus Awards 2018 presentations
22.00 – Entertainment
01.00 – Carriages.

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The people

Prof. Graham Hillier

Graham is the Strategy and Futures Director at the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI). He has a wide-ranging business career in technology development, innovation and strategy development.  He joined CPI in 2004 and has developed and delivered its strategy of providing open access innovation services to companies of all sizes working in and with the process industries.

Prior to joining CPI he was Director of Strategy and Planning for ICI’s Petrochemicals, Plastics and Fertilizers Business before working for Corus as Construction Director.  He also led a global programme in sustainable urban design and construction for World Steel. 

He has developed and delivered strategy for a wide range of organisations and was core member of the team that has created the UK’s first Technology and Innovation Centre – The High Value Manufacturing Catapult.  He was the organisation’s first CTO and continues to work with it to develop the technology strategy to support the growth of UK High Value Manufacturing. 

Chris Sorsby

Chris is Commercial Manager for Glass Technology Services (GTS) Ltd. Chris spent the early part of his career hands-on in container glass manufacturing and filling – getting to know all stages of the process first hand. His various roles at GTS Ltd have seen him work alongside some of Europe’s most highly regarded glass chemists, technologists and product performance experts.

He now oversees the development and planning of GTS Ltd’s testing, research and consultancy business. With a particular focus on the container glass industry – he is continually talking to glass manufactures, equipment suppliers, brand owners and retailers. His works includes product development, process improvement, market analysis and corporate due diligence in the UK, Europe, Africa and Asia.

This year Chris also became a Director of Virtual Reality Machine Training – which is developing an Oculus Rift virtual reality simulator of a bottle forming machine. This promises to revolutionise training. It will let trainee operators safely get a much deeper understanding of the process, and practice troubleshooting manufacturing issues, without impact on real production.

Alan Norbury

Alan is the CTO for Siemens UK industrial activities - a leading global supplier of industrial plant and software, manufacturing automation and drive technologies to industrial customers across the UK and Ireland.

Since 2011 Alan has worked closely with the High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centres. 

He is now Siemens Industrial CTO dedicating his time to developing leading technology innovation to benefit Siemens UK manufacturing facilities and Siemens industrial customers. 

Alan is a regular Industry 4.0 keynote speaker, Fellow of the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange, sits on the IET Design and Production Sector Executive Board, Digital4Industry Leadership Group, Northern Robotics Network Advisory Board and the LCR4.0 Advisory Board.

Dave Dalton

Dave is CEO of British Glass and has worked in the glass industry for more than 30 years. 

He started in research and analytical chemistry laboratories and went on to progress through glass technology, IT, melting and production. In 2001 he became Technical Director of Glass Technology Services Ltd.

Now as CEO of British Glass he leads representation of the UK glass industry. Dave sits on working groups, boards and committees at UK and EU level – including Glass Alliance Europe.