A clear commitment to continuous improvement in its own production, the wellbeing of its staff, and the health of the sector have led to Saint-Gobain being named British Glass Company of the Year at the Glass Focus Awards 2017.
The Glass Focus Awards, organised by British Glass and supported by Glass Worldwide, celebrate achievement across the glass industry. Winners were named at a black-tie ceremony at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on 15 June.
Six categories of the Glass Focus Awards 2017 covered areas including health and safety, sustainability, innovation and apprenticeships and were open to all companies working in or with glass manufacturing. The seventh award was – British Glass’ Company of the Year – is chosen from among the British Glass members who entered in any of the other categories.
The award is made to a company which has – throughout all it preceding year’s activity – demonstrated that it is striving for excellence in its own business as well as playing a part in strengthening and representing the whole sector.
Some of the specific achievements and initiatives of the past year which helped to earn the flat glass manufacturer this title include reducing energy consumption of its furnace; making healthier meals and snacks available on site; and recently delivering their first year with zero tonnes of waste going to landfill. Their ongoing input as British Glass members has also been notable – with particular commitment to the Decarbonisation Roadmap Action Plan steering group.
Presenting the Company of the Year award to Saint-Gobain, British Glass chief executive Dave Dalton said:
“British Glass’ ability to represent and serve the UK glass industry depends directly on our relationship with members – their participation is the foundation of our credibility and influence. Over the past year Saint-Gobain has been a proactive force in the British Glass membership –involved in shaping our industry’s response to key challenges at a strategic and a practical level. I’m pleased to recognise that commitment with this award.”
British Glass is the industry’s representative body – providing insight, intelligence and leadership. It works with all parts of the supply chain to ensure that glass manufacturing, particularly in the UK, has the resources, influence and skills to remain commercially successful, innovative and sustainable.
The Glass Focus Awards are an annual event organised by British Glass and supported by Glass Worldwide. Each year the awards recognise and celebrate excellence across the glass industry.
Saint-Gobain Glass, part of the Saint-Gobain Group, is Europe’s leading manufacturer of flat glass for the UK market. It offers a range of float, coated and laminated products designed for a wide variety of domestic and commercial applications. It operates from Eggborough in the East Riding of Yorkshire. www.uk.saint-gobain-glass.com/about