Event Organizers Share glasstec Highlights
glasstec attendees reportedly included a high proportion of executives from top management (more than 70% of the visitors have decision-making authority).
According to event organizers, the 25th staging of glasstec, International Trade Fair for Glass Production, Processing and Products, in Düsseldorf, Germany, drew 1,280 exhibitors from 50 countries that showcased their products in nine halls to more than 42,000 visitors from over 120 nations. Exhibitors reported promising new contacts and concluding good to very good business deals. The favorable conditions in the industry were also reflected by the positive atmosphere in the halls.
“glasstec remains the leading international platform for global launches in the glass industry which the entire glass world follows,” said Wolfram N. Diener, managing director of Messe Düsseldorf. “The industry works in sync with the two-year cycle of glasstec and gears its innovations to precisely this moment in time. No other trade event can present such a wide range of forward-looking solutions, products and applications. This is also appreciated by the constantly growing proportion of international visitors.”
The VDMA (Mechanical Engineering Industry Association) member companies are also reportedly overall highly satisfied with the trade fair. “Many high-level specialist discussions were held with the visitors, which look likely to lead to orders,” said Egbert Wenninger, chairman of the board of VDMA's Glass Technology Forum and chairman of the glasstec advisory board. “Machine manufacturers were clearly focused on the issues of digitization and networked production. Digitization has reached the glass industry. Many exhibitors work intensively on future-proof products and show their solutions at the exhibition stands.”
More than 70% of trade visitors traveled to glasstec from outside of Germany. Attendees also included a high proportion of executives from top management (more than 70% of the visitors have decision-making authority). The wide and varied range of products and services is also reflected in the varied conference program and the special shows.
A special feature at glasstec 2018 was again the North American Pavilion, organized by Messe Düsseldorf North America (MDNA) and co-sponsored by the National Glass Association (NGA). This group exhibit featured 13 companies displaying their products.
The special show Glass Technology Live was again a highlight at glasstec 2018. For the first time organized by four conceptual partners, the Technical Universities Darmstadt, Dresden, Delft and Dortmund), the show featured a stronger focus on scientific glass research with emphasis on interactive façades and display glass, energy and performance, structural glass (solid, thin and hollow glass), and new technologies.
For the first time, the glasstec conference brought together the various conferences at one location under a common umbrella brand, linking theory closer to the exhibits in the halls while deepening the background knowledge of the participants. The conference included the technology conference Function Meets Glass, the International Architecture Congress, and the scientific conference Engineered Transparency.
In addition, conceptual partners of glasstec organized conferences. HVG-DGG (Hüttentechnische Vereinigung der deutschen Glasindustrie e.V. and DGG (Deutsche Glastechnische Gesellschaft e.V.) dealt with the topic of glass melting and emissions. For the first time this year, the Federal Association of the German Glass Industry (BV Glas) addressed the topic of environmental and climate policy in Germany and the EU. The forum of the VDMA focused on connected production and new technologies. A new event was “Daylight by EuroWindoor,” which focused on legislative frameworks and planning aspects of daylighting in buildings.
In the new START-UP-ZONE, 15 young international companies from 10 countries (Norway, Finland, India, Italy, Switzerland, Lithuania, Austria, Netherlands, Germany, and Taiwan) showcased their ideas. “In the glass industry, startups find it especially difficult to make contact with companies although these could clearly benefit from innovative technologies,” said Daniel Valenzuela, business development manager at Actyx AG. “The START UP-ZONE has allowed us to obtain valuable feedback and take concrete steps for installations. This is exactly what the industry needs.”
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