Research and technology organisation Glass Futures will hold a series of open sessions throughout the first three months of 2021 to give a virtual insight into the world’s first Global Centre of Excellence for glass in St Helens, UK.

The workshops are aimed at glass manufacturers, technology suppliers and glass end users in order to find out more about the proposals.

Participants will learn how the centre of excellence will benefit their business, the carbon saving opportunity and how industry, up-skilling and training will be delivered within this safe environment.

The collaborations will be held on:

· Wednesday 27th January 2pm – 3.30pm

Overview, materials, melting and refractories and Q&A

· Wednesday 24th February 2pm – 3.30pm

Digitisation, forming and quality and Q&A

· Wednesday 31st March 2pm– 3.30pm

People, skills and collaboration and Q&A

Glass Futures’ St Helens, UK facility is set to connect the glass industry and academia to deliver exportable R&D and innovation, as well as training and up-skilling opportunities, ensuring glass making’s future is built on sustainable, recyclable, carbon-zero products.

Last year it secured more than £30 million in funding from national, regional and local Government, plus another £20 million investment committed from industry to support this facility.

The company has also secured more than £8 million funding to progress a range of other R&D developments for the glass sector.

This includes the exploration of low carbon fuels such as hydrogen and biofuels in glass making, alongside the development of new raw materials and new furnace technologies.

To find out more or to register for any of the sessions visit: