Phoenix Award Glass Person of the Year 2018
The Phoenix Award Committee has great pleasure in announcing that Oliver Wiegand will be the 48th recipient of the Phoenix Award and “Glass Person of the Year 2018”.
Oliver Wiegand is an individual who has glass in his blood; the history of the Wiegand family and its glass roots can be traced back 450 years. Oliver has grown up in the family business surrounded by glass production throughout his whole life, supported, guided and influenced by three generations of leading European glassmakers who understood the values of using modern technology, while keeping family values and traditions over the many years of growth within the Wiegand-Glas Group. Today, Oliver Wiegand forms the 4th generation and is the joint CEO of Wiegand Glas along with his cousin, Nikolaus Wiegand.
The Committee has selected Oliver Wiegand to receive this year’s prestigious Phoenix Award in recognition of his forward thinking and drive to embrace new technology that allow his four modern glass container plants to increase production, while at the same time manufacturing cleaner, more environmentally friendly glass. His openness to work with suppliers in developing and, all importantly, testing new technology in real time glass production is one of the reasons why he is so well respected within the glass industry.
His vision not only to improve his own glass production plants through new technologies but also to share these developments through his commitment to IPGR (International Partners in Glass Research), of which he has been Chairman for many years and still holds the position of Vice Chairman, makes Oliver Wiegand a driver and a leader for the whole Container Glass Industry. He is representing the German glass industry at the board of the FEVE (The European Glass Container Federation). In BV Glas (The Bundesverband Glasindustrie) he is vice president and Chariman of the Fachgruppe Behälterglas (container glass trade section).
08.05.2018, The Phoenix Award Committee