British Glass director general at packaging conference

David Workman, director general of British Glass, is one of the panellists appearing in session 3 “Observations from Industry Trade Bodies” at the top-level conference “Escaping the Impossible Squeeze…

David Workman, director general of British Glass, is one of the panellists appearing in session 3 “Observations from Industry Trade Bodies” at the top-level conference “Escaping the Impossible Squeeze” (22 October 2008 at the National Motorcycle Museum), covering the issues of raw materials and energy price increases in the packaging supply chain. “Given that EU and UK industry is struggling with rising production and energy costs in a global market, then the events of the last nine months have potentially dire consequences for the glass industry,” said Mr. Workman, “and means we are entering a completely new business environment where success or failure will depend on our ability to remain globally competitive while making complex decisions against a background of uncertainty and risk”. Mr. Workman, appearing with Peter Davis, British Plastics Federation, Dick Searle, Packaging Federation and Cliff Luckhoo, Food & Drink Federation, will be asked to comment on the morning“s sessions: The Big Picture and Closing Pandora“s Box: The Big Picture is the introduction to packaging supply chains and the issues it faces; Closing Pandora“s Box will offer points of view from a retailer, brand owner and packaging supplier. According to conference organisers Edge, the conference is in response to “packaging producers and users being between a rock and a hard place”, providing an opportunity for discussion of the dynamics driving the issues, and how the packaging supply chain will survive in the future.