Association of the Glass and Ceramic Industry of the Czech Republic

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The Association of the Glass and Ceramic Industry of the Czech Republic is a member of the Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic (hereinafter Confederation) and a member of the Comité Permanent des Industries du Verre Européenne (hereinafter CPIV).

The Association of the Glass and Ceramic Industry of the Czech Republic (hereinafter Association) was established in 1990 as an interest group of producers of flat, container, technical, utility and lighting glass, glass and mineral fibres, household china, household ceramics and sanitary ware, trade companies, suppliers of machinery, machine and technological equipments and services, specialized schools, research institutes and publishers of specialized journals. Also the Czech Union of Fashion Jewellery Producers and the Czech Glass Society are the members of the Association. The activities of these two groupings are described separately in this chapter.

The activities of the Association are focused, especially on the promotion, assertion and defence of interests and demands in relation to the bodies of the state administration, on organizing a mutual cooperation of members in solution of common problems, on rational utilization of local raw material resources, on environmental problems solution, on ensuring collective negotiations with respective trade union and making collective bargains, on ensuring a database for strategic decisions of its members, on assistance in the search of foreign partners, on coordination of research and development in the glass and ceramic industry in cooperation with specialized schools and workplaces, on expert and financial support in publishing specialized literature and journals, and also on solution of specialized education orientation.

 

Activities of the Association in 2009

The Association collaborated on national level on fulfilling the Mission statement of the Confederation for 2009. As far as the promotion of interests directly connected with the glass and ceramic industry, the Association cooperated with the Czech Union of Fashion Jewellery Producers, the Czech Glass Society, and with the Silicate Union. Within the European Union the Association worked together with the CPIV.

The activities of the Association followed continuously the activities of the previous year 2008. However, they were influenced by the consequences of economic crisis impacted the Association members.

The Association had 47 members at the date of December 31, 2009.

 

Promotion of competitiveness of the glass and ceramic industry

The aim was to promote the competitiveness of products of the glass and ceramic industry on inland market and on international markets, too.

The most important in this area was the collaboration of the Association in elaboration of the Report on the competitiveness of the glass and ceramic industry of the European Union, especially with regard to Climate Energy Package, for the European Economic and Social Committee of the European Commission. The elaboration was requested by Mr. Marek Mora, the Deputy Vice Prime Minister for European affairs in the European Economic and Social Committee. The goal of the report was to contribute to ensuring of sustainable development of the glass and ceramic industry in the European Union. The report contains an analysis of present situation of the mentioned industry, analysis of impacts of introduction of Climate Energy Package and information how products of glass and ceramic industry can contribute to the reduction of energy and CO2 emissions. The report states that the glass and ceramic industry is energy demanding. The industry reduced significantly during last 15 years the energy demand and CO2 emissions. Further reduction of both parameters is not possible from technological point of view. However, it is possible to produce such products which in their further use significantly reduce both parameters (insulation glass, etc.) and utilize recycling of waste glass. The European Commission should support the glass and ceramic industry just for these reasons.

The Information Handbook for Cutting and Etching trade was updated. The handbook contains characteristics of the trade, list of basic entrepreneur legislation, qualification requests for the trade, list of specialized schools and apprentice branches, ecological standards and legislation of health and labour safety.

In collaboration with the Confederation the Paris fair MAISON et OBJECT, an important European fair oriented to living, was successfully included to the list of exhibitions and fairs with Czech participation of the Ministry of Industry and Trade for 2009. It is important for producers of utility glass and china, lighting glass and chandeliers.

The environment

The Association continued work in the Environment Committee of the CPIV.

In the framework of the Czech Republic, the Association took part in preparation works in trade with emissions after 2013, which was controlled by the Ministry of Environment. Works were applicable mainly to the branches in risk among which the glass and ceramic industry belongs, too. In statements the Association collaborated with organizations within the CPIV. The Association reported to the pilot project of Voluntary agreements on energy efficiency in the industry of the Czech Republic on behalf of the glass industry.

 

Development, research and education

In the plan to 2009 the Association should support its members in the area of research and development in gaining grants and state subvention, or by request of a member to cooperate in elaboration of the request. No member asked the Association in 2009. The collaboration with the Confederation, Czech Chamber of Commerce and National Institution of Technical and Vocational Education (NUOV) and Trexima, s.r.o., on completing work on working positions in the glass industry included to the National System of Occupation and qualification requests (National Qualification System) should continue. Works were stopped in the beginning of the year. Financial means for the project were not affected by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.

 

Labour law

In 2009 the collective negotiation of higher degree on the Supplement to the Collective agreement of higher degree to the period of 2009 till 2010 between the Association and the Trade Union of Employees of Glass, Ceramic, Fashion Jewellery and China Industry (hereinafter Trade Union), was not held. The most of producers of the glass and ceramic industry were noticeably impacted by the consequences of ongoing economic crisis.

With regard to information about economic situation of employers the Trade Union appreciated the seriousness of situation and decided not to create further pressure to overall increase of some labour law claims on the level of corresponding branches for 2010. Therefore, it did not suggest any change of the valid Collective agreement. The Executive Board of the Association agreed with the attitude of the Trade Union and acknowledged its obliging approach.

The Collective agreement of higher degree to the period of 2009 till 2010 for employers with predominant activities according to the CZ-NACE 23.1 (OKEČ 26.1) - Glass and glass products, CZ-NACE 23.41 (OKEČ 26.21) - Ceramic and china products mainly for household and decorative products, and CZ-NACE 23.42 (OKEČ 26.22) - Ceramic sanitary ware, was not overall enlarged in 2009. The reasons were mainly the changes of owners of crashed companies of utility glass and china, and interconnected changes of companies´ names. The request for overall enlargement was therefore applied only in January 2010.

Promotion of the Association

In September 2009 the Executive Board agreed a frame plan of media promotion of the Association and the glass and ceramic industry. The request for a substantial improvement of promotion of glass and ceramics was formulated during the negotiation of general meeting of the Association on May 21, 2009.

The first step was the change of website of the Association. New site was put into operation in January 2010. Further on, the Annual Report - Glass and Ceramic Industry of the Czech Republic - 2008 was issued and located on the website of the Association, free to download. Common chapters (information on the Association, structure and development of the glass and ceramic industry) were added with a chapter on utilization of glass and ceramic products for reduction of energy demand of users. In the Sklář a keramik journal there was issued an article about the Association activities. Further on, a contribution - an extract from the Annual Report 2008 - was issued in the Keramický zpravodaj journal. The MediaFax agency published in the end of 2009 a contribution to the present economic situation of glass industry on its website.


Projects of the Association

The Association had two projects - Recycling of glass and Construction glass as a tool for energy saving - half-finished in 2009. The problems of glass recycling and utilization of construction glass for energy saving was a part of the Report on the competitiveness of the glass and ceramic industry of the European Union, especially with regard to Climate Energy Package, for the European Economic and Social Committee of the European Commission.

Glass recycling

The aim of the project is to gain processed glass cullet from the inland sources for adequate prices.

Construction glass as a tool of energy saving

The aim is energy saving through large utilization of the so-called Solar Control Glass and its promotion in public and in standard making bodies of the Czech Republic. By the use of special finished window glass and glazing of buildings it is possible to safe a great amount of energy not only by heating but also by air conditioning of buildings. The utilization of special finished construction glass is one of the possibilities how to reach obligations following from the so-called Climate Energy Package accepted on January 23, 2008 by the European Commission and from the obligation of the European Commission to the decrease of CO2 emissions by 20 % till 2020.

The Czech Union of Fashion Jewellery Producers

The Czech Union of Fashion Jewellery Producers (hereinafter Union) was established in 1991 predominantly as a union of employers in the fashion jewellery and glass industries for organization and support of a mutual collaboration of its members and for a coordinated assertion of their common interests.

The subject of its activities is, especially promotion, assertion and defence of authentic interests and demands of its members in relation to bodies of the state administration, self-governing bodies of towns and municipalities, cooperation with trade and other employers´ unions, with the Czech Chamber of Commerce and with the Confederation, organization of a mutual cooperation of members in solution of common problems, in promotion of common interests, especially in economic sphere, ensuring of labour forces, education, organization and coordination of foreign collaboration, mainly in the search and entering contacts in other areas of common interest.

In 2009 the membership changed significantly. The members are small and medium companies and specialized schools. Therefore, the activities are oriented to the promotion of fashion jewellery and utility glass production and to the help to companies to overcome the consequences of economic recession.

The Union tightly cooperates with the Association and the Silicate Union and solves common problems.

In 2009 the membership changed significantly. The members are small and medium companies and specialized schools. Therefore, the activities are oriented to the promotion of fashion jewellery and utility glass production and to the help to companies to overcome the consequences of economic recession.

The Union tightly cooperates with the Association and the Silicate Union and solves common problems.

 

The Czech Glass Society

The Czech Glass Society is a member of the International Commission on Glass and the European Society of Glass Science and Technology (ESG).

The Czech Glass Society was originally established in 1946 as a glass section of the Czechoslovak Glass and Ceramic Society. In today form it exists after division of the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic in 1993 as the Czech Glass Society (hereinafter CGS).

The CGS is a voluntary organization associating individual and collective members from the production of glass, fashion jewellery and related branches.

 

Activities of the CGS in 2009

At the date of December 31, 2009 the CGS had totally 448 individual members, from which 67 members are in two subsidiaries, and 22 collective members.

The CGS works in Technical Commissions of the International Commission on Glass: TC 2 - Chemical Durability & Analysis, TC 3 - Basic Glass Science, TC 7 – Nucleation, Crystallisation & Glass-Ceramics, TC 13 - Environment, TC 14 - Gases in Glass, TC 19 - Glass Surface Diagnostics, TC 20 - Glasses for Optoelectronics, TC 21 - Modelling of Melting Processes, TC 23 - Education & Training in Glass Science  Engineering, and TC 25 – Modelling of Glass Forming Processes.

The CGS collaborates with the DGG – Deutsche Glastechnische Gesellschaft and with the Slovak Glass Society.

On 12 February 2009 the traditional seminar of doctorands in the Institute of Glass and Ceramics, Prague with the theme “Inorganic Non-Metallic Materials” was held. On 16 to 18 June 2009 the CGS participated on the 10th International Seminar on Mathematical Modelling of Glass Melting, organized by Glass Service, a.s.

During the negotiation of the ICG Committee in Vancouver, Canada the organization of the World Glass Congress in 2013 in Prague was confirmed.

The CGS is a publisher of the journal “Sklář a keramik”. In 2009 it was the 59th year already. There were published 5 issues with total number of 268 pages.

 


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