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British Glass took Lord Prior and officials from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to see glass manufacturing in action, visiting British Glass members Pilkington UK Ltd and Encirc.

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L-R Dave Dalton (British Glass), Noel McGovern (Encirc) Lord Prior (formerly of Dept of BEIS) and Fiacre O’Donnell (Encric)
British Glass took Lord Prior and officials from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to see glass manufacturing in action – with site visits hosted by British Glass members Pilkington UK Ltd and Encirc. It was an opportunity to demonstrate all that glass has to offer the UK in building as sustainable manufacturing economy.
The tour of Pilkington’s Greengate site in St Helens allowed the visitors to see first-hand the technology, investment and expertise that underpin UK manufacture of flat glass – including high performance technical coatings that contribute to increasingly energy efficient buildings with good thermal insulation and control of heat gain from the sun.
Improvements in solar control and thermal insulation now mean that every tonne of CO2 invested in the manufacture of energy efficient glazing saves around 10 tonnes of CO2 through energy savings over the product’s lifetime.
This and key information about energy policy, plant investment and the likely landscape post-Brexit formed the basis of presentations and discussion following the tour.
Large scale flat, container and fibre glass manufacturing contributes around 6,650 direct jobs and GBP 1.3 billion to the UK economy each year. But 90% of this production comes from companies that are owned outside the UK – so UK sites must compete with others in their global groups for investment.
As the UK enacts its industrial strategy and works towards Brexit, British Glass is working wit...
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