Glaston is actively involved in developing its industry. We promote the development of both the industry and its technologies in our operations and with our partners.
Glaston is actively participating in international glass industry organizations such as International Commission on Glass, NGA/GANA in the United States, China Glass Association in China, Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau glass technology forum in Germany and in the flat glass associations in Germany and Finland.
In addition, Glaston is an active member, authorized by the Finnish national working group, in glass industry committees of CEN (European Committee for Standardization) and ISO (International Organization for Standardization) as well as in working groups preparing safety glass (tempered and laminated glass) standards.
Through these, the company’s representatives can influence the creation of industry standards and communicate through their practical experience the needs and requirements that the standards should cover.
The Glass Performance Days (GPD) conference, organized by Glaston, brings together all of the various stakeholders in the glass processing chain. The conference aims to gather together the latest information among sector actors and to promote the development of new areas of application and technological features.
The conference has been organized since 1992 and over the years more than 15,000 glass industry professionals have attended the event.
To boost the industry’s development and increase innovation, Glaston has twice organized a start-up event for the glass industry, Step Change. The event is a forum for innovators, potential partners, customers and investors. The event has been organized in conjunction with the Glass Performance Days (GPD) conference.
Glaston has joined the Ahlström Collective Impact initiative to invest in a better future for children through a unique co-operation model with UNICEF Finland. Ahlström Collective Impact (ACI) is a joint responsibility initiative by Ahlström Network companies consisting of the Eva Ahlström Foundation, Ahlström Capital, Antti Ahlström Perilliset, Ahlstrom-Munksjö, Destia, Enics, Suominen and Glaston.
Initiated by Eva Ahlström Foundation in 2020, Ahlström Collective Impact is a new co-operation model between the partnering companies and UNICEF Finland focusing on achieving change in the global society and improving the lives of children worldwide by making strategic investments. The partnership’s activities and funding decision are guided by commonly selected Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined by the United Nations.
In 2021, Ahlström Collective Impact focused on the learning crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the goals selected as priorities were: 4. Quality education, 5. Gender equality and 17. Partnerships.
To support the quality education goal, the ACI network of companies made a EUR 600,000 investment in UNICEF’s Global Education Program. Disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic have exacerbated the learning crisis and reduced access to quality education for children. To safeguard the future of children, we need to secure their education.