The Society of Glass Technology (SGT) has appointed its first President from overseas.

Dr Arun Varshneya is the SGT’s 58th President and succeeds Stuart Hakes, who held the position between 2019 and 2021.

Dr Varshneya is Professor of Glass Science & Engineering, Emeritus at Alfred University, Alfred NY in the USA and is also the President of Saxon Glass Technologies.

He has over 45 years' experience in research on ion exchange strengthening, and has authored several key publications and patents dealing with the process.

Saxon Glass Technologies has grown in several areas where strengthened glass provides a more reliable and safe approach to product application.

Most recently, SaxonGlass has been providing glass specific to Covid-19 vaccine storage needs.

Outgoing President Stuart Hakes, CEO of FIC UK, said: “We wanted someone with ideas, drive and ambition and Dr Varshneya perfectly fits this bill.”