The Society of Glass Technology (SGT) will prepare for a conference on Raw Materials for Glass Making on 1-4th September 2019 in Cambridge, UK.

The conference will feature dedicated sessions on particular glass ingredients and the batch as a whole. The confirmed speakers include:

Hans van Limpt of Sibelco, who will give an overview of the silica sand situation and future glass industry requirements; Tom Paterson of Fife Silica Sand, who will discuss their contribution to the UK glass sand market and Diego Zurolo of Loch Aline sand mine, who will talk about the position of LQS (Loch Aline Quartz Sand) regarding the supply of its well known high quality sand.

Professor Chris Rayner of C-Capture (a spin off from the White Rose consortium, consisting of Leeds, York and both universities), who will discuss the CO2 stripping trial carried out at Drax Power Station, the first full scale project in Europe; and Nicola Johnson of Appleby Calumite will describe the history of calumite use in the UK and Czech Republic and its role in reducing furnace emissions.

Further contributions are expected from British Glass, Glass Technology Services (GTS), Ardagh, Saint-Gobain and FIC. The companies will discuss electric melting, which may be the future of glass making and what the implications for raw materials quality and specifications are.

The raw materials conference will run in parallel with other sessions on glass science and technology, as well as heritage and history.

For more information, contact Christine Brown at