AGM emphasises a firm foundation for seizing opportunity

AGM emphasises a firm foundation for seizing opportunity

November 24, 2016

This year’s review of British Glass activity and formal board business revealed a firm foundation for launching proactive, whole industry responses that can identify the opportunities in these turbulent times.

Chair of the board Allen Norris and British Glass director Nick Kirk reported on the accounts and activity – revealing an organisation that is increasingly financially secure and influential.

As part of the formal business, members unanimously voted Adrian Curry, managing director of Encirc, president of the confederation for the coming year. Adrian succeeds Davia Walmsley, creative director of Daedalian Glass Studios, who will serve as vice president to provide continuity.

With his strong and visible commitment to the glass industry, Adrian will be a tremendous emissary and steadying influence for the world of glass manufacturing in exciting time of global change. Accepting the role Adrian said: 

"It is a great honour to be elected to the position of president of British Glass. I am looking forward to working closely with the board to promote the endless possibilities of glass as a material. A key focus of my term will be driving the industry to become more sustainable, and in particular meeting the commitment to the Government's Industrial Decarbonisation and Energy Efficiency Roadmap. The aim of an 80 per cent carbon reduction by 2050 is achievable, and some manufacturers, including Encirc, are already setting an example for other industries to follow."

British Glass chief executive Dave Dalton used his address to urge members to be more vocal than ever in shaping the trade association’s agenda for the current economic and political uncertainty.

Dave Dalton said:

“With global politics and trade set to change beyond recognition, we must look for the opportunities – not attempt to beat back the inevitable.

“The pace of change is faster than ever, and the key decision makers in our member companies must steer us, as their representative, to the priorities and common ground that define our brief to act for them. I call on all our members to carve out the time to do that so British Glass can take those messages to government and win the necessary support to ensure future prosperity.

“Yes, we make diverse products – but by finding synergy and consensus we can demonstrate, to those who dictate future operating conditions, that we are a credible, investible industry – central to the future manufacturing and high tech industries in the UK.”