Stephen Haigh has been appointed as the new Head for Glass for Siemens UK.

Stephen has been with Siemens for more than 13 years and will be responsible for the development and implementation of the business strategy within the glass sector.

Stephen’s new role will also see him take responsibility for supporting UK glass businesses, and collaborating with Siemens’ strategic partners, to optimise the impact digitalisation will have on the sector, with a particular focus on effective energy reduction.

Mr Haigh said “The glass manufacturing landscape is witnessing significant change at present, led in large by its focus on a move towards digitalisation.

"At this exciting time, I am delighted to have been appointed to head up the Siemens UK & Ireland glass team.

“Understanding and overcoming customer challenges within the sector and aligning this insight with Siemens technology and our service offering to deliver more value for them will be extremely important.”

Mike Houghton, Managing Director of Process Industries and Drives UK, added: “Stephen will prove instrumental in developing and implementing our business strategy within the sector to enable customers and partners to derive even more value from our product portfolio.”

Dave Dalton CEO at British Glass said: “As a technology partner, Siemens works closely alongside British Glass to ensure the UK industry remains globally competitive.

"We are confident the appointment of Stephen Haigh will continue to provide our organisation with the technical expertise and support needed for a digital future.”

Adrian Curry, Managing Director of Encirc, said: “I am positive that a path towards continued digitalisation can unlock substantial benefits to the container glass industry.

"Encirc has always been at the forefront of pioneering new possibilities in our industry, so I welcome Stephen’s appointment to such an important role for one of our strategic technology partners.”