GMT - DECO 2000: Global Market Innovations

September 18, 2000
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Representative Ron Klink (D-Pa.) discusses China trade issues at DECO '99.

SGCD members from Glaswood Industries, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with their two winning Discovery Award pieces.
More than 600 glass and ceramic decorators and manufacturers are expected to attend the upcoming DECO 2000 show and seminar in San Diego, Calif., September 10-13. Hosted by The Society of Glass and Ceramic Decorators (SGCD), the seminar will focus on innovations in the global market, including technical advances, international trade issues and electronic business trends. Additionally, more than 60 suppliers will exhibit their colors, decals, lehrs and kilns, precious metals, decorating equipment, blankware, refining services, frosting products and other items and services used by glass and ceramic decorators.

The seminar will open on Sunday, September 10, with a symposium on "Winning Customers Through Design and Innovation" in the glass and ceramic tableware market. Robert Zollweg, Libbey Inc., will moderate the program with Susan Plack, L.E. Smith; Craig Smith, Johnson Matthey; and Amy Stavis, Tableware Today, discussing innovative design options that are popular with consumers. Panelists will also discuss technical concerns that must be considered when new patterns are developed.

Next, Jim Calderwood, SGCD's general counsel, will present a basic summary of federal and state regulations that affect glass and ceramic decorators. He will also review the status of ongoing regulatory initiatives by EPA, OSHA and other groups.

International Trade and E-Commerce

SGCD will continue its symposium on "International Trade and the Decorating Market" on Monday, September 11. The program will focus on the "Effects of FDA's Memorandum of Understanding with China," with presentations by Dr. Richard Jacobs, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Robert Rast, U.S. FDA; and Andrew Mountford, Johnson Matthey, Southeast Asia. Panelists will examine the practical aspects of FDA enforcement activities at the border and changes resulting from the recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with China, which governs the inspection of glass and ceramicware.

Monday's seminar program will also include a session on "Exploiting the Internet to Increase Efficiency and Profits." During this session, Tom Orlowski of the National Association of Manufacturers will discuss business-to-business e-commerce. Louis Rosenberg of Liberty Porcelain-the first SGCD member to sell primarily on the Internet-will discuss business-to-consumer e-commerce. Also during the seminar, Sandra Spence of SGCD will introduce SGCD's Internet gateway, and Jean Baker of the American Arbitration Association will discuss alternative methods to resolve e-commerce business disputes.

Direct Decorating

SGCD's "Focus on Direct Decorating" seminar will also be held on September 11. Moderated by Jon Rarick from Reusche & Co. of T.W.S. Inc., the seminar will examine technological advances that can be applied immediately in a decorating operation. Ligia Martin, Bayer Corp., will review "Waterborne Polyurethane Resins for Glass Coatings" that are based on a hyrdoxy-functional polyurethane dispersion and an aqueous-blocked polyisocyanate crosslinker. Sharon Simon, AAA Glass, will discuss "Empowering Employees to Enhance Efficiency in the Custom Decorating Market," including recognition programs that can reward employees for loyalty and performance. And David Kapp, dmc2 Degussa Metals Catalysts Cerdec, will present a paper on "Adhesion of Organic Decoration to Glass Surfaces," which will compare performance properties of organic and traditional enamels.

Also during the direct decorating session, Chris Amann, H.J. Amann, will review "Sustainable Environmental Protection Systems," including procedures and advantages related to efficiency, environmental protection and safety. Ser Spronck, Johnson Matthey, will discuss the "Decoration of Glass with Precious Metal Products" including a review of detergent resistance properties. And Sandra Garby, Engelhard Corp., will review new "Abrasion Resistant Low Temperature Glass Coatings" that are heavy metal and VOC-free.

Glass Durability and Surface Defects

New to DECO 2000 will be a seminar on "Glass Durability and Surface Defects," also held on September 11. During this session, a panel of experts representing building contractors, window fabricators, window cleaners and others concerned with flat glass scratching and staining problems will address the varied causes of glass surface defects in the construction industry. Panelists include Bob Lang, Billco Manufacturing; Jim Willingham, New Day Window Cleaning; and Ren Bartoe, Vesuvius McDanel.

Glass scratches and stains can occur when window cleaners select the wrong technique to clean a window or when subcontractors do not take adequate precautions when plastering, painting, mortaring, grouting or otherwise working in proximity to a glass panel. Defects can also occur if glass is inadequately cleaned before it is tempered.

Paul Düffer of PPG Industries, Inc. will moderate the program.

Innovations in Flat Glass

On Tuesday, September 12, Nick Westra from Johnson Matthey will moderate a seminar on technical innovations in the flat glass industry. Alan Carroll and Robert Waldrop, DuPont Technologies, will present a paper on the "Effect of Silver Paste Viscosity on Printing Behavior" in conjunction with other printing process changes, such as screen mesh. George Sakoske, dmc2 Degussa Metals Catalysts Cerdec, will review "Strength Modification in Enameled Float Glass," which will include a review of strength and slow crack growth of float glass with tin-contact surface vs. air surface. And Ren Bartoe, Vesuvius McDanel, will discuss "Identifying Microscopic Defects in Tempered Glass," including a discussion of defect causes.

Also during the flat glass seminar, Yasuhiro Sagawa and Makoto Satoh, Asahi Glass Co., will discuss innovations in "Lead-Free and Recyclable Materials for Auto Windows in Japan." Tom Noe, Glasstech, will review "Decorated Glass and the Effects on the Glass Tempering Process," with a focus on uniformity of heating/absorption as a function of furnace heat-transfer balance. Howard Lindberg, dmc2 Degussa Metals Catalysts Cerdec, will discuss "UV Vehicles for the Automotive and Flat Glass Industries," including manipulation of formulas to alter cure rates, rheology, green strength, spectral absorption, wetting and adhesion. Finally, Tim Pennington, Johnson Matthey, will discuss "Glass Enamels for Use in the Flat Glass Industry."

Transfer Decorating/Dispute Resolution

SGCD's "Focus on Transfer Decorating" program on September 12, moderated by Mark Kelly, The Pfaltzgraff Co., will cover technical innovations in the transfer decorating process. And on Wednesday, Jean Baker of the American Arbitration Association will present a workshop on "Resolving Decorating Business Disputes with Alternative Dispute Resolution" techniques.

For More Information

For more information about DECO 2000, contact SGCD at (202) 728-4132, fax (202) 728-4133 or e-mail


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