Sisecam hosted the leading representatives of global glass industry at the 37th Sisecam International Glass Conference last week.

The future opportunities of glass were discovered at the hybrid conference, held in Istanbul on 17-18 November.

The conference held with the theme of Celebrating the International Year of Glass attracted great attention from the industry.

Sisecam Chairman and Executive Member of the Board Prof. Dr. Ahmet Kırman emphasised the strategic role of glass in his opening speech.

“With a history of 5000 years, glass has always been the most valuable material for humanity and civilisations.

As the negative effects of pandemic diminish, geopolitical challenges such as the war between Russia and Ukraine have been added to the recent economic problems the world has been dealing with.

“During these challenging times, glass stands out as the most sustainable solution for mitigating risks and promises a brighter future.

“From the ancient times to the modern centuries, it responds to the planet’s needs.

“At Sisecam, we see glass not only as a line of business but also as a great medium to serve humanity.

“We are proud to be presenting Sisecam International Glass Conference for the 37th year as a platform to bring the industry together,” Prof. Kırman said.

The world would have been a duller place without glass

Sisecam CEO Görkem Elverici drew attention to the limitless potential and opportunities for glass science and technology in his opening speech.

“We are all aware that glass has no substitutes.

“The world would have been a more fragile and perhaps dull place if we didn’t have glass.

"We are happy to present this miraculous material to the service of humanity and to celebrate what it has added to civilisations for centuries.

“On top of that glass is also very open to developments and innovation to create new products and technologies to meet the needs of the new world order.

"That is why we are constantly developing our innovation muscles for a better future,” Elverici said.

The conference began with a special opening session and continued with 10 parallel sessions.

Within the scope of the conference, 74 studies including 56 oral and 18 posters were presented.