Italian engineering company Stara Glass has been awarded the furnace design contract for Glass Futures’ pilot plant facility in St Helens, UK.

Valerio Percoco, Managing Director of Stara Glass said in a post: “This award, once again, demonstrates our commitment to R&D and the strength of our internal team to identify innovative and flexible solutions for the glass industry.”

Glass Futures is will create a state-of-the-art glass furnace R&D facility in St Helens, reviving the closed United Glass facility.

The furnace is still subject to regional planning permission. If built it will be capable of producing 30 tonnes of sustainable glass a day – equivalent to 60,000 wine bottles - which will be used in products such as jars, bottles, windows, doors, and fibre glass.