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Garry Smith, Senior Flat Glass Specialist, Joins GTS

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Tuesday 23 April 2013

A flat glass expert with more than 25 years’ industry experience has joined Glass Technology Services (GTS) as part of a major investment programme to meet increasing demand for testing and consultancy throughout the supply chain.

Garry Smith joins the GTS team from NSG Group, where as Technical Advisory Service Manager for nearly ten years, he provided specialist advice on the specification and use of glass. He was also responsible for troubleshooting projects and providing support on technical issues for designers, architects, specifiers and end-customers. Garry was previously a manager with Pilkington/NSG group manufacturer Plyglass, responsible for their high performance and technical glass products.

Providing technical expertise across all areas of flat glass manufacture, performance and use, including the latest standards, specifications and regulations, Garry joins GTS during a period of significant expansion for the specialist team.

“I’m joining GTS at a time of significant investment and innovation for the company,” said Garry. “As well as working with other specialists in the laboratory, I will be carrying out on-site investigations and delivering training on flat glass properties and performance. I’ve had a long association with the team and this is a great opportunity to further expand its work in a dynamic sector of the glass industry.”

Garry will provide advice on the mechanical strength, safety and security of glass, failure analysis and environmental issues. His specialist knowledge also covers specific properties of glass in use including fire safety, acoustics, solar and thermal management.

He has regularly provided advice and support to both individual companies and professional associations – including the Flat Glass Manufacturers Association (FGMA), the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF), the Centre for Window and Cladding Technology (CWCT) and Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB) and is a well-respected industry speaker and training provider.

Note to Editors:

  • Accredited to ISO 9001, 14001 and 17025 standards, GTS provides analysis, consultancy, testing and research and development support to food and drink manufacturers, the design and construction industry and the medical, pharmaceutical and biotech sectors across the UK and internationally
  • GTS laboratories’ latest investments in new equipment and process development include: GRIM (glass refractive index measurement); ICP-OES (inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy); FTIR (fourier transform infrared spectroscopy) ; UV-Vis Spectroscopy, FEA (finite element analysis) and a dedicated impact rig for flat glass testing.
  • GTS also employs an extensive range of established technologies including: SEM + EDS (scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectroscopy), and WDS-XRF (wavelength dispersive spectroscopy X-ray fluorescence).



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