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Saint-Gobain Glass wins big at Glass Focus Awards

Saint-Gobain Glass has won three of the four categories that it was shortlisted for at the annual Glass Focus awards.

Saint-Gobain Glass has won three of the four categories that it was shortlisted for at the annual Glass Focus awards, which celebrate the achievements of the glass industry and its supply chain. The winners were announced at the black-tie award ceremony on 18 November at the Brooklyn Hotel in Manchester. 

Organised by the industry body British Glass, the three categories won by Saint-Gobain Glass were:

  • Health and safety action
  • Sustainable practice
  • Rising Star

Health and safety action – Onsite defibrillators - Winners
Health and safety award
As part of its commitment to health and safety, Saint-Gobain Glass invested both in equipment and training to be prepared in case somebody on site had a heart attack. This included six defibrillators and a resuscitation doll. The excellent preparation and response resulted in a life being saved when someone on site suffered a heart attack and two colleagues provided critical first aid.

Sustainable practice – Green Vision Fund - Winners
Sustainability award
Saint-Gobain Glass teamed up with one of its largest customers Morley Glass & Glazing to launch a campaign that would increase the amount of post-consumer glass that is crushed, recycled, and reused.

The scheme also included the creation of a Green Vision Fund that currently stands at £30,000 and is made available to local charities and community groups in grants of £500 to support sustainable initiatives such as edible beds, school allotments, inner city farms and wildlife gardens.

Rising Star – Will Ruane - Winner
Rising Star award

First Class Honours Accounting and Business Economics degree graduate and Rising Star award finalist and winner Will Ruane is a 26 year old Production Assistant on the Eggborough Float Line. After completing an internship in the Finance department Will then developed a desire to apply his mathematical and analytical skills in the production environment. Will is now on a comprehensive training programme to develop towards senior management in Float Glass manufacturing. His hard work and commitment to his development resulted in him securing a key role in the recent installation of the new furnace at Eggborough.

Steve Severs, managing director at Saint-Gobain Glass said: “It is a tremendous achievement to win three very different categories of the Glass Focus awards. It’s a privilege to be recognized for our products, health and safety initiatives, commitment to sustainability and for our people.”