The GGF is sad to announce that one of its longest-serving members and greatest technical contributors, Dr Bernard Lowe, has retired after 58 years in the industry.
Bernard started his career in the industry in 1960 working for Bostik where he was responsible for developing sealants for insulating glass units. During this time he became a qualified chemist and his career of 28 years with Bostik saw him gain a doctorate in adhesion science and become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry as well a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
It was during the 70s that Bernard started to attend meetings of the Insulating Glass Association, which led to him being active with the GGF from its start in 1977 with him being a GGF board member from its establishment as a limited company in 2000.
Over the years, Bernard has chaired the Glazing Components Group, the GGF Standards Committee and the GGF Midlands Region, in addition to working on the GGF General Council and Regional Representatives Committee as well as serving the GGF Glazing Executive for almost 25 years.
As a Board Member, Bernard oversaw and supported the GGF’s growth strategies that saw the Federation go from being a trade body to a Group of commercial companies focused on serving the industry on many fronts.
Steve Rice, GGF Director of Technical Affairs comments on Bernard’s retirement: “I have worked with Bernard for over 30 years and his technical knowledge and contribution to the industry is second to none. He has helped make the GGF library of technical publications one of the best sources of information in the industry. May I take this opportunity to offer sincere thanks and wish him a very happy retirement.”
Amongst his greatest achievements for the GGF are the chairmanship of the GGF Standards Committee and consequent guidance in developing the standards for insulating glass manufacture; working on the British Standard BS5719 prior to the European Standard EN1279 from 1988-92 and its subsequent revision in 2004. In 1999, Bernard established his GBL Consultancy business which has been a resource the GGF has used for almost twenty years.
Bernard comments: “My thanks go to all my fellow Members and the GGF Staff who have helped me during my time in the industry. I have thoroughly enjoyed my career and being part of the GGF has been a great journey, full of many technical achievements and memorable occasions. Thanks also to my fellow Chairmen for the presentations and gifts which were a great surprise. I wish everyone who is part of the GGF all the best for the future.”
Glass and Glazing Federation
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