British Glass Announces £4m Technology Partnership with Siemens

Dave Dalton seals the deal with Brian Holliday of Siemens

British Glass Announces Technology Partnership with Siemens

Siemens pledges £4m investment and partnership for the future of the UK glass industry

The ties between British Glass and Siemens have been further strengthened with the recent announcement of a new technology partnership between our organisations.

Over the next five years, Siemens will invest up to £4m as a key strategic partner to the UK glass sector, providing a range of technology, research and development and skill support services.

As we embark on our next phase of development to ensure the UK glass industry remains globally competitive, Siemens will work alongside us in a variety of areas.

A central element to the strategic growth plan for the sector will be the establishment of our new c.£90m British Glass Innovation Centre in Sheffield, which will provide a centre of excellence for glass manufacturers and support the development of an innovative culture and skills for the sector. The Centre, planned to be built on the Phase 2 site of Sheffield Business Park, will include fully functioning glass production plants, as well as promoting leadership in important areas such as new product development and fast prototyping.

It will also be home to The Glass Academy, the training and skills development initiative set up by British Glass to train the next generation of engineers and technicians entering the sector, with relevant fit-for-purpose skills and qualifications, and to continue to upskill the industry's current workforce, encouraging a culture of lifelong learning in the sector.

Siemens will provide a wide range of technical, product and manpower support to ensure British Glass' plans benefit from world-class manufacturing expertise, technical excellence and global sector knowledge.

Dave Dalton, CEO of British Glass, said of the deal: "Siemens is the first major partner to commit to working with us on the journey to an exciting and highly competitive future. The breadth of Siemens' technical expertise and support offered to us through the partnership will be vital if we are to successfully transform our industry for the 21st Century. In addition, the concerted efforts by Siemens to help us develop the skills of people in the sector, as well as those entering it, ensures we have a powerful combination to push our industry forward over the next five years."

Brian Holliday, Managing Director, Digital Factory - Siemens UK & Ireland, added: "We are delighted to announce this substantial investment in the future of the UK glass industry. We are impressed by the strategic ambition of British Glass to develop an innovative culture and to make British glass-making a globally competitive leader. Siemens has a long established relationship with the glass industry across the UK. By developing this technology partnership, we want to ensure glass manufacturing is at the heart of the manufacturing agenda."

"The newly proposed British Glass Innovation Centre in Sheffield is a prime example where the leaders in the sector are setting out a clear vision for the future and this must be applauded and supported."

Councillor Leigh Bramall, Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Development at Sheffield City Council, commented on the announcement: "This is great news for Sheffield. The investment on its own is excellent news and is creating high quality job opportunities. But when linked to similar developments along the arc of junctions 33 and 34 of the M1, the city is beginning to realise its potential as one of the major clusters of high value engineering and innovation in Europe, if not the world."

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