Air Products and Owens-Illinois (O-I) will donate up to $35,000 worth of grants to the Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation (CGIF) and the Glass Manufacturing Industry Council (GMIC).

The Air Products Foundation in Allentown, Pennsylvania will donate $100, up to $15,000, on behalf of each visitor to its hospitality suite at the 79thConference on Glass Problems (GPC), up to $15,000. The GPC, which is presented by the GMIC, will take place November 5 – 8, 2018, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Ohio.

Rick Beuttel, director of Business Development – Americas at Air Products, said: “For more than 50 years, Air Products has been committed to helping glass producers improve their operations with innovative combustion and industrial gas technologies. We are excited to share our passion for innovation with the next generation of glass professionals through this donation to the Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation.”

Both associations are located in Columbus, Ohio. The CGIF was created in 2014 by the American Ceramic Society to attract, inspire and train the next generation of ceramic and glass professionals. The GMIC is a non-profit trade association representing the interests of the glass manufacturing industry.

Bob Lipetz, GMIC’s Executive Director, said: “This forward-thinking support benefits the glass manufacturing industry significantly. We are grateful for the progressive vision of Air Products, who has committed to developing the next generation of glass industry professionals. It will allow us to provide student travel grants to the Conference on Glass Problems, which affords engineering students and industry leaders the valuable opportunity to connect.”

The O-I Charity Foundation in Perrysberg, Ohio, will donate $20,000 to the CGIF. It will use $10,000 of the grant to support the Foundation’s programmes, which introduce middle school and high school students to ceramic and glass science. The remaining $10,000 will fund travel grants that will allow university engineering students to attend the 79thConference on Glass Problems.

Marcus Fish, Director of Development for the CGIF, said: “We are extremely grateful to the O-I Charities Foundation for this generous grant which will enable us to expand our outreach programmes. Providing travel assistance to students helps further our mission of supporting the next generation of glass scientists and engineers.”

The grants will support their communities and provide students with the opportunity to network with industry leaders at the GPC, as well as provide the industry with the opportunity to develop the next generation of glass industry professionals.

Pictured: The CGIF supported 10 students who attended the European Ceramic Society's (ECerS) summer school in Hasselt, Belgium, in July 2018.