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    NAA Networking Event: Driving Behaviour – a twist and turns safety journey, NGF, St Helens, Thursday 10 October 2019

    Start date: 10/10/2019
    Cost: Please register via Eventbrite link Free for NAA Members & SME's in Lancashire

    This networking event coincides with the NSG Group’s Safety Day, an annual, worldwide event in which every company within the Group takes part. Whilst safety is always top of the agenda, the day is intended to focus minds and give employees the opportunity to stop and to take stock of safety issues. Throughout the day a number of safety and general health related presentations and activities take part in which all are encouraged to participate…


    NGF Europe Limited is a subsidiary company of the NSG Group, one of the World’s leading manufacturers of glass products. It is the market leader and at the forefront of the manufacture and marketing of glass cord products, used, primarily, in the automotive industry for the reinforcement of synchronous drive belts.

    The site, in the Lea Green area of St Helens, operates a 24 hour, seven days a week process.

    NGF Europe has twice been the recipient of a Queen’s Award. Firstly in 2001 when it received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade, and again in 2014 when it received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation. This was given in recognition of the design and manufacture of small filament diameter glass cords used in ‘Belt in Oil’ (BiO) applications which changed the way automotive engineers design vehicles.

    In 2013 NGF Europe completed a £4 million investment, supported by a £500,000 Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative grant (part of the UK Government Regional Growth Fund), adding a high strength glass fibre-forming facility at its site, an important primary process in glass cord manufacture, involving the production of glass fibre filament. As a result, the factory in St. Helens became the only fully-integrated high tensile strength glass cord manufacturing factory in Europe and the only such facility outside Japan.

    The growth in the market for high tensile strength glass cord and BiO created by the ever-increasing technological developments in the automotive market led to the investment decision. It confirmed the company’s commitment to its customers in Europe and has ensured that its business remains at the leading edge of technological development and is able to respond to customer demands and expectations. The facility now successfully manufactures the filament from raw materials and supplies cord used in timing belts by the majority of EU OEMs.

    At the factory in St Helens you will hear about NGF Europe’s H &S journey from dependency to the holy grail of interdependency. Learn how NGF Europe has moved forward. Find out for yourself the challenges, disappointments and rewards from a company which is striving to continually improve all aspects of H & S. You will see first-hand the controls the company has introduced to reduce risk, the tools it has launched to improve buy-in and the recent strategies aimed at behavioural and leadership in safety, addressing health and safety requirements, as NGF Europe shares its ‘twists and turns safety journey’ with you.

    There will also be the opportunity to see behind the scenes at the impressive production facility.

    NGF, Lea Green Rd, St Helens WA9 4PR

    Thursday 10th October 2019

    9.30 – 13.00


    9.00       Arrival

    9.30       Presentations: The safety journey

    11.00     Break

    11.15     Tours of the factory

    12.15     Lunch & networking

    13.00     Depart

    Registration & Costs

    This event is free to NAA Members and SMEs in Lancashire. Please register via Eventbrite: here

    To check if your membership is still valid or to ensure your postcode is eligible for support from Lancashire CC, please contact

    European Regional Development Fund Northern Powerhouse
    Partners Department for Business Innovation and Skills Finance Birmingham