Glass manufacturers, technology suppliers and an association are among those who will speak at a forthcoming conference.

The Glassman Europe conference in Istanbul, Turkey will focus on the glass manufacturing process, trends in production and ways to make the glassmaking process more efficient.

Speakers include Turkish glass manufacturers Sisecam, GCA, Park Cam and Basturk Cam.

GCA General Manager, Dr Abdullah Gayret, will also provide a speech on behalf of the European Glass Container Federation (FEVE) titled The Future of Packaging: Glass- fit for the future.

The two-day conference is free to attend and takes place within the Rumeli Upper Halls at the ICEC venue, Istanbul, Turkey on February 8 and 9.

Alongside on day one this will be speakers including Hasan Copur of Chemical Market Analytics, who will provide an overview of the soda ash industry, Thomas Sauer of Exxergy discussing a novel method to improve the mechanical strength of glass, and Steve Whettingsteel of Krysteline Technologies who will discuss Developing a Sustainable Glass Recycling System.

The focus on day two will be all things furnaces, with speakers including FIC UK, CelSian, BDF Industries and Fives.

The full programme is as follows:

Wednesday, February 8 – Morning keynote session

10:30am Sisecam, sustainability efforts, speaker details tbc

10:50 Dr Abdullah Gayret, General Manager, GCA

11:10 Mr Cetin Egri, Deputy General manager, Park Cam, A general view of Park Cam and its decarbonisation work

11:30 Mr Muhammed Yalçınkaya, General Manager, Basturk Cam, Baştürk Cam's New Investment and Its Contribution to Its Customers and Environment

11:50 Dr Abdullah Gayret, FEVE Board member, The Future of Packaging – Glass: fit for the future?

12:10 Sisecam R&D speaker, details tbc

Wednesday February 8 - Afternoon - Advancing the glass manufacturing sector

14:00 Dr. Sebastian Woltz – Sales Director; EME, and Matthias Haas – Associate Sales Director and Key Accounts; Nikolaus Sorg, The Power of 3 – SORG GROUP – Single Source for the Hot End.

14:20 Steve Whettingsteel, CEO & Managing Director, Krysteline Technologies, Developing a Sustainable Glass Recycling System

14:40 Mr Hasan Copur, Associate Director-Soda Ash, Chemical Market Analytics, Global Outlook for Soda Ash

15:00 Thomas Sauer, Exxergy, A novel method improving the mechanical strength of glass

15:20 Ulas Topal, CEO, Vertech, Digitalization and data - the key to success for glass industry

15:40 Daniel Hilfiker, Owner, Pneumofore,

Day 2

Thursday February 9 – Morning - Energy savings from glass furnaces, in association with Furnaces International

10:30 Mr Stuart Hakes, Chief Executive, FIC UK, The future of Glass Furnaces in a decarbonised world.

10:50 Mr Gianluca Cera, Melting, Energy & Automation Manager, BDF Industries, Data collection to implement energy-saving strategies

11:10 Andrew Reynolds, Business Development Director, Fives Stein, All-electric melting technologies on the road to decarbonization


11:50 Mr Mike Davies, Managing Director, TECO, Decarbonisation & how it affects TECO Furnace design

12:10 Philippe Kerbois, Global Industry Manager – Glass, AMETEK Land, Combining IMAGEPro Glass with NIR-B-2K Thermal imaging to Improve Your Carbon Footprint and Reduce NOx Emissions in Glass Furnace Applications

12:30 Neil Simpson, Consultant and Managing Director, Simpson Combustion Ltd, How much CO2 are glass furnaces producing and why you may want to measure?

12:50 Andries Habraken, Segment Leader Process Optimization, Oscar Verheijen, Segment Leader R&D and GlassTrend Chairman, CelSian, Energy Balance Simulations to Quantify Energy/Cost savings