Arc International's Nicholas Hodler is to provide a keynote speech at the forthcoming Glassman Middle East hollow glass conference.

The Glassman Middle East hollow glass conference is free to attend and takes place in Abu Dhabi, UAE on May 10 and 11.

Mr Hodler will discuss 'Safety first - protecting our people in a dangerous environment'.

Another newly announced speaker is Daniel Schippan, CEO of German company CM.Project.Ing. He will provide a paper titled The Importance of Innovative and Modern Glass Plant Design.

Mr Hodler is Arc International's CEO for the Middle East, India and Africa and is based at Arc's plant in Ras al Khaimah, UAE. The tableware manufacturer produces approximately 4.3 million items each day from its five production sites around the world. He will join fellow keynote speakers JP Agarwal of Frigoglass and Saeed Kalafchi, Director of Iranian tableware manufacturer Noritazeh.

Mr Schippan, of CM.Project.Ing, formed the company in 2007 and since then it has gone from strength to strength. It provides project management and engineering in the design of new glass plants.

Speakers confirmed at the FREE-TO-ATTEND conference also include hollow glass industry leading technology suppliers such as Tiama, Sefpro and Emmeti.

Companies who have confirmed their participation at the parallel exhibition include Zippe, Iris Inspection Machines, Sorg and FIC UK among many other leading global suppliers.