Glass Focus Awards 2017 – the winners

 

Applauded by friends and colleagues from across the glass industry, we announced this years' award winners at a black tie event at Royal Armouries in Leeds.

The Glass Focus Awards showcase the outstanding breadth and quality of achievement in the glass industry. And with the awards open to everyone in the glass industry – British Glass member or not – all the entrants faced stiff competition. 


The judging panel brought together a diverse spread of expertise and knowledge from across the glass sector and its customers. The judges included Dave Fordham, Barbara Beadman, Dr Catherine Birch, Andrew Hartley, Dr Nicholas Kirk and Jenni Richards. 
 

And the winners are...

Design of the Year

The Stölzle Glass Group

For the WWII-inspired design of the Squadron 303 Vodka  – which mixes metal and glass in a stunning yet robust design. Squadron 303 takes its name from a highly successful Polish World War II squadron which distilled its own vodka. Find out more...   

Sponsored by: Daedalian Glass Studios


 

Sustainable Practice

Encirc

For their £6 million investment in an onsite railhead at its Elton site – enabling delivery of raw materials directly to the site by train is saving millions of road miles and reducing carbon emissions for Encirc and its customers’ supply chains. Find out more...   

Sponsored by: KiWi Powered Ltd

Health and Safety Action

Ardagh Glass

The safety strategy implemented at its Doncaster plant has made the safety of every employee a priority. The multiple strand strategy – involving all staff –  included initiatives such as each department collectively identifying its own key risks and having daily departmental H&S team briefings. Find out more...


 

Sponsored by: Flexion Global
 

Innovative Solution

AMETEK Land, Encirc and
Simpson Combustion and Energy

For the collaboration between AMETEK Land, Simpson Combustion and Energy and Encirc in which temperature data from AMETEK Land’s near infrared borescope (NIR-B) was used to optimise furnace operation at Encirc’s Elton site. The work has also demonstrated potential for future reductions in operating costs and emissions. Find out more...  


 

Sponsored by: Glass Technology Services Ltd
 

Apprentice of the Year

Samantha Coolledge of Saint-Gobain Glass

Samantha Coolledge’s entry highlighted her positivity and ability to be proactive in every task she undertakes. In the entry Samantha’s employer, Saint-Goabin, described her as excellent project leader who takes a leading role in meetings on a weekly basis, ensures actions are followed through to completion and that work is clearly documented. Find out more...

 
 

Sponsored by: Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers


 

Strengthening Business through People

Encirc

Encirc’s entry focussed on its work to tackle two challenges – ensuring its access to skilled glass formers and allowing all team members at Encirc to realise their potential and, in turn, contribute to overall productivity. Their two-pronged initiative used both easy-to-access learning for the wider workforce and intensive three-year technical training for handpicked talent. Find out more...  


 

Sponsored by: Glass Futures
 

British Glass’ Company of the Year

Saint-Gobain Glass

A clear commitment to continuous improvement in its own production, the wellbeing of its staff, and the health of the sector have led to Saint-Gobain being named British Glass Company of the Year at the Glass Focus Awards 2017. Find out more...


 

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