About Us

The Flat Glass Manufacturers’ Association (FGMA) represents companies that manufacture flat glass in the UK.

The FGMA is the UK’s leading authority on all topics relating to the manufacture and use of flat glass.

Flat glass is used in a wide variety of applications and plays a key role in our everyday life. It is used in the construction
sector to make windows and façades for residential and commercial buildings as well as applications such as interior parti-
tion walls, balustrades, furniture, staircases and glass floors.

Our Vision

The FGMA is the UK’s leading authority on flat glass

The Flat Glass Manufacturers’ Association (FGMA) promotes best practice in product performance, design and application for flat glass, and positively encourages the development of industry standards and technical guidelines for the benefit of all stakeholders in the glass and glazing industry and wider society.

Aims and Objectives of the FGMA

  • To drive the positive improvement of the glass and glazing industry by engaging with key stakeholders and agencies.
  • To be the UK’s recognised leading authority on all topics relating to the manufacture and use of flat glass.
  • To promote the benefits of flat glass in the built environment to all stakeholders.
  • To educate stakeholders on how high-performance flat glass can positively enhance society through tangible benefits to wellbeing, health, sustainability and contribution to the UK’s economy by publishing authoritative and trusted Positioning Papers and Technical Guidance Documents.
  • To be the UK’s leading voice for the glass industry in advocacy with the Government and other stakeholders to positively influence regulations and standards

Technical Documents

About Our Papers

One of the core objectives of the FGMA is to raise industry standards by sharing best practice and creating technical guidelines to enable building designers, specifiers, government, regulators, glass processors, window fabricators and façade installers to better understand the design, performance and application possibilities of flat glass.

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How Flat Glass is made

Flat glass is used in a wide variety of applications and plays a key role in our everyday life. It is used in the construction sector to make windows and façades for residential and commercial buildings as well as applications such as interior partition walls, balustrades, staircases and glass floors. The production of flat glass is a highly technical process. Watch this video to find out how flat glass is made.

Current Members of the FGMA

Our members are the UK's leading flat glass manufacturers, who have more than a collective
500 years of glass technology experience and expertise.

Saint-Gobain Glass UK & Ireland

Saint-Gobain Glass UK and Ireland is Europe's leading manufacturer of flat glass for the construction industry, including float, coated and laminated glass products. Part of the worldwide Saint-Gobain Group of companies, the focus is to design, manufacture and distribute glazing solutions that provide comfort, performance and safety, while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction resource efficiency and climate change.

Michael Butterick

Chair

Richard Cave

Technical Committee

Lauren Whittaker

Marketing

Pilkington United Kingdom

Pilkington United Kingdom Ltd is part of the NSG Gorup which is one of the world's largest manufacturers of glass and glazing products for the architectural, automotive and technical glass sectors. Based in St Helens and at the NSG Group's European Technical Centre nearby in Lathom, Lancashire, Pilkington United Kingdom Ltd employs around 3,000 people across the UK, producing a range of glass solutions, from the manufacture of float, rolled and coated glass to glass  processing and merchanting, automotive Original Equipment (OE) and Automotive Glass Replacement (AGR) manufacture.

Tony Smith

Vice Chair

Phil Brown

Technical Committee

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