The International Glass Associations meeting took place at the Vitrum event last week behind closed doors.

After the first International Convention held in Murano, Venice in June, the group arranged this meeting in Milan to concentrate on drafting its first operational guidelines.

“Top of mind," explains Aldo Faccenda, president of Gimav, who presided over the event, “are the most current topics facing the industry, which were proposed at the Murano meeting. This morning was a valuable opportunity to take an in-depth look at the items requested by countries and by the Association.

“Glass is at the centre of our world and the keywords for the near future of the industry, today, were identified: technical and production standardisation, education and training; historic and cultural elements; and energy and environmental stewardship.

“Each of us was able to express our ideas and adjust the needs and requests to our own local specifics, sharing information about prospective goals and those already achieved.

“We are pleased to be able to say that we have already reached good results in terms of concerted efforts and objectives.

"The next International Convention meeting is already set for the spring of 2018 and, given the popularity of the last edition, it will again be held in Murano”