Sisecam, a global player in the fields of glass and chemicals industries, hosted the leading representatives of glass industry at the 37th Sisecam International Glass Conference. The future and the endless development opportunities of glass were discovered at the hybrid conference, held in Istanbul on 17-18 November. The conference held with the theme of “Celebrating the International Year of Glass” attracted great attention.
20.11.2022- Sisecam, a global player in the fields of glass and chemicals industries, hosted the leading representatives of global glass industry at the 37th Sisecam International Glass Conference. The future and the endless development opportunities of glass were discovered at the hybrid conference, held in Istanbul on 17-18 November. The conference held with the theme of “Celebrating the International Year of Glass” attracted great attention from the industry.
Sisecam Chairman and Executive Member of the Board Prof. Dr. Ahmet Kırman emphasized the strategic role of glass in his opening speech. “With a history of 5 thousand years, glass has always been the most valuable material for humanity and civilizations. As the negative effects of pandemic diminish, geopolitical challenges such as the war between Russia and Ukraine have been added to the recent economic problems the world has been dealing with. During these challenging times, glass stands out as the most sustainable solution for mitigating risks and promises a brighter future. From the ancient times to the modern centuries, it responds to the planet’s needs. At Sisecam, we see glass not only as a line of business but also as a great medium to serve humanity. We are proud to be presenting Sisecam International Glass Conference for the 37th year as a platform to bring the industry together” Prof. Kırman said.
“With its composition that can be recycled 100 percent and infinite number of times, we consider glass a miraculous and a superb material. By meeting the most sophisticated needs of many key sectors, including architecture, transportation, pharmaceuticals, energy, and communications glass industry has proved itself to be a perfect solution partner. Glass contains a huge diversity of uses and richness that directly serve United Nations’ sustainable development goals. With its limitless potential, glass has a great story. We are the ones who will tell this story and even add new chapters to it. As Sisecam we are proud to present this conference as a platform to bring the industry together” Prof. Kırman continued.
The world would have been a more fragile and duller place without glass
Sisecam CEO Görkem Elverici drew attention to the limitless potential and opportunities for glass science and technology in his opening speech. “We are all aware that glass has no substitutes. The world would have been a more fragile and perhaps dull place if we didn’t have glass. We are happy to present this miraculous material to the service of humanity and to celebrate what it has added to civilizations for centuries. On top of that glass is also very open to developments and innovation to create new products and technologies to meet the needs of the new world order. That is why we are constantly developing our innovation muscles for a better future” Elverici said.
The conference began with a special opening session and continued with 10 parallel sessions. Within the scope of the conference, 74 studies including 56 oral and 18 posters were presented.
Şişecam was founded in 1935 to establish Turkey’s glass industry in line with the vision of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic. Today, Şişecam is a strong global player in the fields of glass and chemicals. Şişecam is the only global company operating in all core areas of glass production – including flat glass, glassware, glass packaging, and glass fiber. Currently, Şişecam ranks among the world’s top two manufacturers of glassware and the top five producers of glass packaging and flat glass. Şişecam is one of the three largest soda ash producers in the world and the world leader in chromium chemicals.
Şişecam plays a leading role in the flat glass, glassware, glass packaging, chemicals, automotive, glass fiber, mining, energy and recycling business lines. Şişecam operates production facilities in Germany, Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Russian Federation, Georgia, Ukraine, Egypt, India, and the USA in addition to Turkey.
Şişecam is taking major steps towards its goal of becoming one of the world’s top three manufacturers in its main fields of activity. Driven forward by its highly competent human resources and smart technologies, Şişecam is continuously transforming its digital infrastructure and corporate culture taking into account the needs of the future. With 86 years of experience and 24,000 employees, Şişecam conducts production activities in 14 countries on four continents and operates a sales network in more than 150 countries worldwide. Şişecam is moving forward on its growth journey in line with its Global Excellence strategy and powered by an inclusive approach that supports the development of its entire ecosystem. Şişecam takes responsibility for protecting the planet, empowering society, and transforming lives with its CareforNext strategy, which is compliant with and centered around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Şişecam uses all its experience and competencies to promote sustainable development in every aspect.