Plan for £54m centre to revolutionise glass industry

Aaron Morby 4 years ago
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Plans to build a £54m  glass research and development centre in Merseyside have been backed with central Government and local council funding.

Glass Future research centre will be built in St Helens, next to rugby league stadium
Glass Future research centre will be built in St Helens, next to rugby league stadium

The Glass Futures scheme in St Helens will involve building a 158,000 sq ft glass furnace research and development centre, capable of producing 30 tonnes of sustainable glass a day.

The ultimate goal of the industry research project will be to eliminate CO2 from the production process.

The research factory will be built on a 14-acre site adjacent to St Helens’ Rugby League ‘Totally Wicked’ stadium.

Government today announced it would support the ground-breaking project with £15m funding.

This comes on top of a £9m pledge from the Liverpool City Region announced earlier this year and a similar sum from St Helens Council.

Companies from around the glass sector are also set to contribute around £20m funding.

Glass Futures’ chief executive Richard Katz, said: “This £15m funding is an essential catalyst to kickstart the delivery of Glass Futures’ £54m Global Centre of Excellence in St Helens, an area rich in glass history.

“The state-of-the-art R&D facility will enable Glass Futures and its members to work collaboratively to research and develop innovative solutions enhancing resource efficiency, moving the industry closer to sustainable low-carbon glass production and increasing productivity.”

The facility will attract inward investment to the north-west of England as leading players across the glass supply chain and academia begin to use the facility for R&D, training, conferences and even as a new base for parts of their business.

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