Şişecam Group brought together the leading names of the global glass industry to discuss the future of the sector and new technologies in Istanbul.

The 32nd Şişecam Glass Symposium hosted the annual meeting of the International Commission on Glass (ICG) which included 400 participants from 25 countries.

The event also hosted the annual meeting of International Commission on Glass (ICG), which brought together glass industry representatives, universities and scientific institutions from around the world between October 22-25 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Prof. Ahmet Kırman, Şişecam Group Vice Chairman and CEO, said: “We face the future with confidence thanks to our capacity, technology, innovation, creativity, expertise and skilled personnel, and our ability to produce goods and services that respond to changing market conditions,” he said.

“Academic research, innovation and R&D will continue to be a top priority in the future.”

The event included five parallel sessions, three panels, 30 speeches and 120 presentations.

Dr. Manoj Choudhary, International Commission on Glass (ICG) President, said that the technical programme, the logistics, the facilities and the social dimensions of the organisation in Istanbul were outstanding.

“The meetings were an important forum for exchanging ideas, advancing knowledge, and promoting collaboration among the members of the global glass community.

"The ICG community is going to use the Istanbul meeting as a template for our future annual meetings,” said Dr. Choudhary.

Prof. Şener Oktik, Şişecam Group Chief Research and Technological Development Officer, said that they were involved in a considerable number of R&D projects in cooperation with 13 international institutions in 19 countries.

“We are proud to undertake these efforts at the Şişecam Science and Technology Centre, one of the most advanced centres in Europe.

"The global glass industry is faced with major technological, environmental and social opportunities and challenges. We believe that this large-scale event offered a global platform for discussing exciting advances in glass technology."