ICF Technical Exchange Conference Weiden – October 2006 David Workman – Director General. www.britglass.org.uk. The Presentation. State of the UK glass industry British Glass – what does it do? British Glass 2000 British Glass 2006 Lessons Learned. UK Glass Industry. The good news:-
Weiden – October 2006
David Workman – Director General
The good news:-
c €3 billion of investment 1996 – 2006.
Two new container plants – Quinn Glass.
Two new float glass plants - Saint Gobain
One new insulation fibre plant – Knauf.
Growth markets – container, flat, insulation fibre.
Growth in overall tonnage.
Improved recycling performance.
The bad news:-
Gas and electricity prices up by 300% 2003 – 2006.
Raw material and transport costs up.
Costs of environmental compliance measures growing.
Fierce competition in all sectors.
Result – profits being drained from the industry.
Famous names have gone.
- Corning Optical Fibre
- LG Philips
- Practically the whole of the domestic/crystal sector
- Edinburgh (in administration)
- Caithness (in administration)
- Heron Crystal
- Stuart Crystal
Nett employment down c6,000 2003 - 2006
British Glass acts as the voice and face of the UK’s glass industry in its dealings with regulators, legislators and NGO’s in Europe, Westminster and the UK’s regional assemblies.
Through its subsidiary, Glass Technology Services, it offers a range of consultancy, analytical and environmental services both to members and non-members.
Turnover: £2.1 million
Energy & Environment
Health & Safety
UK & Europe
Glass Technology Services
F & G P
Environment & Energy
E & E Steering
IPPC Sounding Board
Special and Scientific
Health & Safety plus Working Groups
HR/Training plus Working Groups
Technical Directors Forum
Member Focus - Markets
BG Focus – Legislation
Electronic – Lighting
Domestic / Tableware
Electronic - White Goods
UK Glass Industry Trade Association
Government bodies, Regulators,
NGO’s, Pressure Groups
EU Emissions Trading
REACH (Chemicals Directive)
Air Quality Framework Directive
Integrated Product Policy
Occupational Exposure Levels
UK Glass Ind
Groundwater Quality Regs
Working Time Directive
Energy Performance of Buildings
Discrimination at Work Legislation
Packaging and Packaging Waste
BG represents the whole of the glass industry.
Most major issues are horizontal.
Government has one point of contact.
As a result we get invitations to sit on numerous Government advisory bodies.
Alone and with other sectors to
- Government Departments
- Members of Parliament (UK & EU)
- The Media
- Influential NGOs
BG - Losing money
- No strategic direction
- Operating out of run-down building
- Equipment failures
- No IT
- Culture – rooted in academia
- No commercial realism
- Little or no lobbying
As a result members had lost confidence and saw no value in continuing to support BG.
- Training and appraisal schemes introduced
- Improved management/
- Long-term consultancy projects – WRAP, M.O.D, Carbon Trust
5. Investment in GTS - SEMs, XRFs, stack monitoring equipment to broaden our customer base.
6. I.T. - Rationalisation of system
- New accounts package
- Re-vamp of data bases
- Data collation systems (C.C.A’s)
- Remote access
7. Communications - Re-vamp of web site with members section
- Set up intranet
- Reintroduced annual review
- Re-vamped quarterly Looking Glass Magazine
- Introduced quarterly sector e-bulletin
8. Quality Systems - ISO 9001
- ISO 14001
- UKAS – ISO 17025
9. Developed Core Competancies - Energy and Environment
- Health & Safety (plus glaziers)
- Information Office
- The Trade Unions
- Other Industrial Sectors
- Parliamentary Groupings
British Glass 2000 - 2006
- CCA rebates
- EUETS Phase Two Allocations
- Reduction in accidents
- Government funding for industry
BUT YOU MUST KEEP TELLING THE MEMBERS HOW GOOD YOU ARE AND QUANTIFY THE BENEFITS IN HARD CURRENCY.