Glass Futures' Rob Ireson has become the latest recipient of the Michael Garvey award for best paper during the Furnace Solutions conference.

Mr Ireson (right) is the Innovation and Partnerships Manager for Glass Futures, the non-for-profit organisation aiming to build a Centre of Excellence in St Helens, UK.

He presented the paper 'Alternative Low-Carbon Fuel Technologies for Glass Manufacture'.

Mr Ireson said: “I’d like to thank the SGT team for pulling together a fantastic conference.

"Although I missed being able to meet everyone face-to-face, the SGT team have done an excellent job in coordinating this year’s Furnace Solutions on-line event.

"I’ve really enjoyed listening to the other presentations over the last few days, all of which were excellent, so I feel very honoured to have been chosen to win this year’s Michael Garvey award."

The Michael Garvey award was given during the second day of the Furnace Solutions conference, which was hosted as a virtual conference this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Ireson joins previous winners such as Stuart Hakes of FIC UK, Erik Muijsenberg of Glass Service and Giorgio Minestrini of Stara Glass.

The award was named after Michael Garvey, a former Guardian Glass engineer who tragically died in a climbing accident in 2008.