Glass Alliance Europe is the European Alliance of Glass Industries. It has the unique feature of regrouping all the glass industries to work on common issues. It is composed of 19 national glass associations and of the main sectors of the glass industries: container glass, flat glass, special glass, domestic glass and continuous filament glass fibres.
These sectors are very different, be it in terms of manufacturing process, products, markets, economics of the sectors and manufacturers but they all have in common to transform raw materials into glass by a process of melting.
In addition, thanks to the unlimited opportunities offered by the glass substance, all sectors are characterized by heavy investments in research and development to make available glass products fit for a sustainable, resource-efficient, low-carbon and culturally vibrant European society. Just think of it: fully recyclable bottles & jars, energy efficient glazing and windows, weight-lightening continuous filament glass fibres (CFGF) in reinforced plastic applications such as wind blades, flaconnage, tableware and art work, special glass (photovoltaic glass modules, glass for iphones, televisions and monitors, lighting glass, optical glass, laboratory and technical glassware and glass ceramic (cookware), etc.
Aware of the great added-value of their products, the European glass industries come together in Glass Alliance Europe to highlight the importance of glass making across Europe and to promote an economic and policy environment allowing European-based glass manufacturing industries to continue flourishing and providing Europe with an innovative, stylish and sustainable material that is present in every aspect of our daily lives.
History of Glass Alliance Europe and CPIV
In 1962 the Comité Permanent des Industries du Verre (CPIV) was created in Paris as the body for contacts between the glass industries of the Member states of European Economic Community (EEC) and the EEC institutions.
In 1976, CPIV’s headquarter moved to Brussels to be closer to the European institutions.
In 2012, CPIV became Glass Alliance Europe opening its membership to glass sector federations.
What is glass?
Glass is a solid-like and transparent material that is used in numerous applications in our daily lives.
Glass in its applications
Glass is a material with many applications and products that we use every day.
Sustainability & the environment
Glass is a sustainable, fully recyclable and recycled material