ICF conference 2001 in Siena

The 13th conference of the ICF (International Crystal Federation) was held in Siena, Italy, from 10 to 12 November, hosting representatives of the largest crystal manufacturers. Over 120 delegates fro…

The 13th conference of the ICF (International Crystal Federation) was held in Siena, Italy, from 10 to 12 November, hosting representatives of the largest crystal manufacturers. Over 120 delegates from 15 different countries gathered at the conference to discuss the problems of the crystal industry. The 13th ICF analyzed the results of the latest research and evaluated worldwide legislation relating to environmental protection, safety and product quality. The conference was organized by CALP, located near Siena at Colle Val d“Elsa, as already in 1992. The Italian company processes 90% of the crystal in Italy and boasts a 10% worldwide market share. The ICF was formed in 1991 to study the possible hazards of crystal when coming into contact with food and beverages. Today the standards regarding materials that come into contact with foods are governed by a series of regulations that also apply to paper, plastic and aluminum. The ICF contributes toward the better definition of new rules and intervenes to promote the observance of the applicable laws and standards by its members. This year, the ICF conference dealt with materials for the production of crystal, EU reform projects for the environment and safety and the relative effects on the crystal and glass industry, and also on the opportunities for better preserving the characteristics of crystal over time. The production of crystal for table use and gift items fuels a turnover of around Euro 1 billion. The Siena meeting confirmed the commitment of the ICF to act as an authoritative and essential source for consumers, legislators and scientific institutes both in Europe and the United States.