Rosie Cooper MP, member for West Lancashire, recently visited the NSG Group European Technical Centre at Lathom. The Lathom facility has been at the centre of advanced R&D in the global glass industry for the past 50 years, initially under the Pilkington banner and now as part of a global glass group with operations in some 30 countries.
Around 450 people work at site, involved in product and process development and testing. Current projects include the development of glazing products designed to resist fire, conserve energy and generate power, improvements in glass manufacture and the development and testing of advanced Automotive glazing systems
During her visit, Rosie Cooper was briefed on the role of glazing in helping to meet Government targets for reducing carbon emissions from homes and saving on household energy bills.
David Pinder, Manager Director, Pilkington Building Products, UK & South Europe said the company was working hard to ensure that energy efficient windows as a home energy saving measure were included in the Government’s Green Deal.
He said “The inclusion of energy-efficient windows would support the growth of products such as Pilkington K Glass™, used in our energy efficient glazing Pilkington energiKare™, and made at our operations in neighbouring St Helens. It would also enable us to make further investments in the area in future”.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“I have agreed to support efforts by the company and its trade association, the Glass & Glazing Federation, to ensure that energy efficient windows are included in the Green Deal provisions.
At the end of her visit, Rosie Cooper took the opportunity to discuss the situation regarding safe access to the Lathom facility off Hall Lane. MP Rosie said:
“The speed of traffic has led to problems for employees and visitors attempting to enter and leave the site. I understand that options such as improved signage, a reduced speed limit and a centre lane have been considered previously and I intend to make further enquiries with the County Council.”