More than 130 people attended the British Glass conference in London, UK on Friday last week to hear about the latest industry trends.

The day-long conference included three keynote presentations, 11 breakout session papers and an opening address from British Glass CEO Dave Dalton.

Speakers included Dr Jane Muncke, Managing Director of the Food Packaging Forum, James O’Callaghan, Partner at architect’s firm Eckersely O’Callaghan, and Ruth Miller, Senior Economist at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

Joe Walmsley, Director at Daedalian Glass Studios discussed the latest glass design and fashion trends.

The event also included an industry awards evening, where Ardagh Group won both Company of the Year and the People and Skills award.

Mr Dalton said: “We would like to thank everyone who attended the conference and supported us in bringing together the glass industry and promoting glass as a material.

"We cannot secure the future of the industry by persisting with the status quo. We must collaborate and build a new vision for the future by investing in new technologies, new capabilities, improving productivity and training the workforce to ensure they have the necessary skills.”

“We were also delighted to hold our inaugural Glass Focus Industry Awards at this year’s conference, recognising some of the companies who are already striving towards this vision, congratulations to all of the winners.”

Dr Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, said in a supporting statement: “The Glass Focus Conference is an important opportunity to reflect on the vital role that glass plays in just about every facet of our daily lives, from packaging and tableware to medical technology and fibre-optics.

“Glass is a vital part of the hi-tech manufacturing supply chain. Last month I announced a further £100m of support under our Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative to strengthen supply chains and to support the reshoring trend."

Pictured: Sharon Crayton, of Ardagh Group, receives the Company of the Year award