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Glass Alliance Europe
„Glass is the Hidden Gem In A Carbon Neutral Future”, says the scientific revue ‘Nature’ while the United Nations declared 2022 the International Year of Glass to celebrate the material’s exceptional contributions to the UN Sustainable Goals. Glass products are indispensable to the transition towards a climate-neutral circular economy: for renovating buildings, producing more renewable electricity, decarbonising means of transport and making sustainable packaging. Glass also contributes to the digitalisation revolution. In short: glass creates the conditions of prosperity, a symbiosis with society and the environment.
Yet, the glass industry is made of different sectors, be it in terms of manufacturing process, products, markets, economics of the sectors and manufacturers. All have in common the fantastic material glass, which results from the melting of raw materials and recycled glass’.
Glass Alliance Europe represents the European glass industry, regrouping 14 national glass associations and 5 main glass sectors. Aware of the great added-value of their products, the European glass industries come together in Glass Alliance Europe to highlight the importance of glass-making across Europe and to promote an economic and policy environment allowing European-based glass manufacturing industries to continue flourishing and providing Europe with an innovative, stylish and sustainable material that is present in every aspect of our daily lives.
Mr. Johann OVERATH
Mr. Jan SWIATEK
ZPPL Polish Glass Director
Mrs. Adeline FARRELLY
Mr. Bertrand CAZES
Glass for Europe
Mrs. Veronique FAVRY
The glass industries comprise five sectors covering different glass products, applications and markets. They are each represented at EU level by a specific association:
Container glass accounts for some 62% of the total EU glass production in volume. The European container glass industry provides a wide range of glass packaging products for food and beverages as well flacons for perfumery, cosmetics and pharmacy to a European and world-wide customer base.
Building, automotive, solar-energy glass (flat glass)
The flat glass sector represents in volume about 29% of the total EU glass production. Its main markets are the building sector (windows, facades, internal partitioning, etc.) and the automotive industry (windshields, backlights, mirrors). Flat glass is also used in solar-energy applications as well as electronics, appliances, furniture, etc. It supports a large downstream processing sector that provides almost 100.000 extra jobs in the EU.
Continuous-filament glass fibre
Glass fibre’s unique properties enable the production of wind energy, electric and electronic devices, and the development of sustainable solutions in a wide range of applications, such as transport and construction. Glass fibre is a versatile material which will be vital to the achievement of the twin transitions to a green and digital economy.
The domestic glass sector accounts for about 4% of the total European glass production. This sector comprises the manufacturing of glass tableware, cookware and decorative items such as drinking glasses, bowls, plates, cookware, vases and ornaments.
For more information on domestic glass please contact EDG (European Domestic Glass) secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org
Special glasses represent approximately 3% of the glass production in Europe. These products have a high added-value linked to their intense technological content. This sector regroups a large range of products such as lighting glass, glass tubes, laboratory glassware, glass ceramics and heat-resistant glass.
For more information on special glass please contact ESGA (European Special Glass Association) secretariat at email@example.com
The primary mission of Glass Alliance Europe is to provide a common platform to the European glass industries to enhance the exchange of information between national and sectoral associations at EU level, thanks to an efficient pooling of resources and expertise.
This platform enables the glass industries to work together on common environmental and regulatory challenges, which affect the business. While the main focus of Glass Alliance Europe is placed on environmental issues, the pool of resources within the association also allows it to cover trade, social and/or any other relevant common challenge that may arise.
Glass Alliance Europe aims to strengthen the voice of the glass industries in Europe and to promote the dynamic and responsible manufacturing ethos of the sector that also reflects the positive contribution that our glass products make to society.
Facts and figures
GLASS PRODUCTION VOLUMES PER SECTOR
EVOLUTION IN EU GLASS PRODUCTION VOLUMES
Glass, the hidden gem of a carbon-neutral future
A roadmap for the decarbonisation of the glass industry