A Platinum Year, Both for the Queen and Float Glass

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A Platinum Year, Both for the Queen and Float Glass

25 May 2022
Her Majesty isn’t the only one celebrating a platinum anniversary this year…

70 years ago in June 1952 Sir Alastair Pilkington started working on the float glass process, which remains the universal method for manufacturing high quality flat glass.

The process is considered by many to be one of the most important innovations made in Great Britain since WWII, enabling the efficient mass production of perfectly flat and clear glass. Its invention was a pivotal moment for the glass industry, while enabling new opportunities in architecture and automotive design.

At the time, Sir Alastair was viewed by his contemporaries as a trailblazer in the field. But even he couldn’t have imagined the innovations that Pilkington UK would go on to make.

From the development of exciting new coatings such as the original energy-efficient Pilkington K Glass™ to finding more sustainable ways to power the original manufacturing process Sir Alastair invented, we’ve continued to pioneer new technologies, manufacturing methods and products in the 70 years since his discovery.

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International Year of Glass 2022 Events


Next month there will be a few of events taking place in the UK which celebrate glass. A full calendar of events can be seen by clicking here. Check out the glass events which will be taking place over the next month:

8th - 9th June (St Helens)
Furnace Solutions and Training Day
The Melting Technology Committee of the SGT is pleased to announce the return of Furnace Solutions as a face to face meeting in 2022.
For more info, click here.

Open until 11th June (Leeds)
Joyful Reflections
New Ashgate Gallery is delighted to collaborate with the Contemporary Glass Society to present "Joyful Reflections", an exhibition featuring 15 exceptional makers working in a variety of diverse glass techniques.
For more info, click here.

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