Jorma Vitkala Award of Merit 2021

About the Award

The Jorma Vitkala Award of Merit was established at GPD’s 25th Anniversary Conference in 2017 and will now be awarded for the third time. The special Award was introduced to honor and reward individuals who have made outstanding personal contributions to the progress and development of the international glass industry over the years. Such contributions may reflect, for example, product or process development, new innovations, systems, construction, design, architecture, ambitious research initiatives or advanced learning. The Award offers an opportunity to increase both recognition and visibility for achievements that enjoy broad-based appreciation within the industry.

The second award, in 2019, was given to the most recognized glass specialist and lecturer Prof. James O’Callaghan, who is congratulated in the photo by Jean-Paul Hautekeer of Dow Europe. Every two years, during each GPD, this award will be granted to a new recipient who has been selected through an international nomination procedure.

“I want to thank all the sponsors and especially Glaston, you have all made it possible for GPD to develop into the most prestigious glass industry conference in the world during these 30 years.” – Jorma Vitkala, Founder and Former Chairman of Glass Performance Days (GPD).

He retired from Glaston and the Chairmanship of GPD in 2020.

The JVAM Award was established in 2017 by the glass industry, read more.


Open and transparent nomination

The candidates, nominated for the Award through an Open Call, will be screened by the Nomination Committee by JAN 10, 2022.

“While the highlighting and personification of the Award is a very concrete and effective publicity step, we wish to underline that it is for the common good and progress of the glass industry that the Award is instituted,” says Jean-Paul Hautekeer of Dow Europe, Chairman of the Nomination Committee.

Continued innovative progress and bold new solutions will keep the applications of glass at the forefront for designers, industries and research institutions while providing us with effective competitiveness in the choice of materials and solutions for building, automotive and interior decorating. The Award is our special tribute to leading contributors in the development of the glass industry.

For additional information about the Award and the selection process, please contact the coordinator of the nomination procedure Jorma Vitkala.

Jean-Paul Hautekeer
Nomination Committee Chairman

Jorma Vitkala
mobile +358 40 553 2042

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