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Research, Innovation and Development

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A centre for glass research and development and an ISO:17025 UKAS accredited testing facility, we conduct innovative research and development projects for our clients in order to provide market advantage and develop new technologies. These projects range from fundamental science research, the development of new or novel glass compositions, coatings or processing through to product commercialisation.

Glass Property Measurement

Determination of a wide range of glass properties, including thermo-physical, optical and melting properties.

Pilot Trials and Melting

Scalable production facilities to assess new compositions, changes in raw materials or glass refining, or as part of a development project to develop a new glass or optimise existi…

Product Development

Our advice helps businesses within many areas of glass manufacturing, including: process optimisation, efficiency improvement and training development. We also play a key role in t…

Composition Development

Specialist knowledge in glass composition and its resulting optical, thermal and physical properties allow the development of specialist glasses for novel applications, product dev…


Project Examples

With a current project portfolio in excess of £1.4m, we are at the cutting edge of research and development in glass science and technology. Examples of the innovative projects in our portfolio include those below:

Cased-Glass - Thermal Expansion

Cased-Glass - Thermal Expansion

A customer producing articles manufactured from two different glasses fused together ('cased glass') discovered that, during production, many articles were cracking causing loss of production. In order to understand the root cause of these cracks the client submitted their articles to the GTS laboratory for expert failure analysis. How did GTS help? A cased-glass assessment of the articles by our glass specialists suggested that a mismatch in the thermal expansion of...

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View our project portfolio page for full details of a range of innovation, research and development projects spanning raw materials, melting technology and traditional glass sectors through to specialist optical, photonic and biocompatible glasses, glass treatment, processing and coating technologies.

Project Funding

The funding for these projects comes from a variety of sources, such as commercial organisations to government bodies and institutions or a mixture of both. We can offer advice on sources of available funding and has an excellent track record in securing funding from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) for innovative projects.  We are keen to develop and participate in new projects so please contact us if you have any innovative glass-related ideas.

Please see our project funding page for information about available grants and the latest funding news from the TSB.

Through funding a number of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) with Leeds University to further develop our high quality glass melting infrastructure we have expanded the range of glasses that we can supply to the photonics industry.  We are also funding a part-time post-doc secondment in order to support other research developments and grant funded projects within the organisation.

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Meet the Team

Dr Nick Kirk

Dr Nick Kirk

PhD BEng CEng CEnv FIMMM

Technical Director

Nick has over 20 years’ experience in the glass sector - including 6 years in ...

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Philip Marsh

Philip Marsh

Business Development Manager

As business development manager at Glass Technology Services Ltd, Phil is respon...

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Daniel Capon

Daniel Capon

Principal Technologist - Analytical

Dan is head of the analytical and glass technology departments at Glass Technolo...

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Catherine Robinson

Catherine Robinson

Technologist - Product Performance

Catherine is head of the product performance department and responsible for all ...

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Rob Ireson

Rob Ireson

Innovation Team Leader

Rob is responsible for the management of the longer term development and innovat...

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Mark Pudner

Mark Pudner

Senior Environmental Technologist

Mark is responsible for the day-to-day running of the stack emissions monitoring...

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Martyn Marshall

Martyn Marshall

Principal Glass Technologist

Martyn is responsible for delivering the technical focus in several major Europe...

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Chris Holcroft

Chris Holcroft

Senior Environmental Technologist

Chris is a member of the GTS project team managing and participating in a wide v...

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