Morley Glass MD reflects on prestigious GGP Installer Award

Morley Glass GGP Installer Awards
Ian Short, founder and managing director of Morley Glass

Ian Short, founder and managing director of Morley Glass, has received the prestigious Outstanding Achievement award in the 2024 GGP Installer Awards.

Ian was described by the judges as “a great success story in our industry”. He has been the driving force in the UK’s integral blinds market since he started manufacturing units using globally renowned ScreenLine systems 20 years ago.

Ian said: “I’m thrilled to win this Outstanding Achievement award. I’d like to thank GGP and the judges for choosing me from a shortlist of amazing people and congratulate all the other winners.

“This award recognises the efforts of the whole Morley Glass team who work hard every day to do the best that they can for our customers, whether that is in the service we provide or the quality of our products. Without their dedication, enthusiasm and passion, the business would not have grown to be the success that it has, nor would we have been able to achieve what we have in our post-consumer glass recycling scheme.”

Ian founded Morley Glass in 1998, initially as a general glass processing business. A statement added that he spotted an opportunity to manufacture integral blinds for the UK market in 2004. Having seen how these shading and privacy solutions had been embraced in other countries, he believed there was great potential to be unlocked.

Ian’s decision to partner with ScreenLine systems company Pellini S.p.A. has proved to be extremely successful, the company noted. As was his decision to partner with Saint-Gobain and Glassolutions for glass, it added, who have collaborated with Morley Glass to develop its circular economy scheme to reduce the amount of post-consumer glass going to landfill.

The insulating glass unit (IGU) recycling initiative involves Morley Glass collecting end-of-life double glazed units from its customers and crushing it into cullet. This is then used as a raw material for making new float glass by Saint-Gobain, which saves the need for millions of tonnes of virgin raw materials (mainly sand) and significantly reduces both energy-use and CO2 emissions, the statement said.

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