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October 2014

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After difficult times in large parts of the glass sector there are now clear signs of positive market developments. This was the clear message from the feedback of the 1,217 exhibitors at the recently held glasstec 2014, International Trade Fair for Glass Production - Processing – Products. The about 43,000 trade visitors were also highly satisfied with their participation.

glasstec 2014 convinced the specialists from the fields of mechanical engineering, glass manufacturing, processing and finishing, crafts, architecture/construction as well as glazing/façades and solar: over 96% of the visitors give the world’s most important trade fair for the glass industry a positive overall rating. They also ranked their visit in terms of achieving their goals at the trade fair just as high. A total of 40% of the attendees came to the event with specific intentions to invest which in turn will likely create positive impulses for the exhibitors in the coming months. The proportion of attendees from the middle and top management again improved. More than three quarters of the visitors were from these management positions. The share of the visitors coming to Düsseldorf, Germany from abroad reached about 60% and this figure continues to be unmatched in the sector internationally.

“I am delighted that there were positive signs at glasstec 2014 in the field of mechanical engineering and the glass industry. The German skilled glazier’s trade is currently doing extremely well. Our ranges at glasstec in the Crafts Center with its new glass processing and finishing arena and the participation stations in the also new area Handwerk LIVE were very popular. Together with the established themes Autoglass Arena and glass art we offer a unique program for all segments of the skilled trades and we are very pleased with the way the trade fair went,” stated Martin Gutmann, President of glasstec 2014 and Federal Guilds Master.

“What is most important for us as organizers of glasstec is that our customers are satisfied because this is the basis for positive and sustainable growth for the event for the benefit of all involved. We once again fulfilled this goal in 2014 and have therefore again confirmed the role of glasstec as the world’s leading international meeting point with an apparent barometer effect for the entire sector,” explained Hans Werner Reinhard, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf.

A special feature at glasstec 2014 was the North American Pavilion, organized by Messe Düsseldorf North America and co-sponsored by the National Glass Association (NGA). A total of 17 companies presented their latest technologies within this successful group exhibit.

The comprehensive ancillary program at glasstec 2014, which was further extended this year, was also well accepted by the visitors. In particular, the Special Show “glass technology live” (gtl) in Hall 11, organized by Prof. Stefan Behling and his team from the Institute of Building Construction at Stuttgart University, was once again a must-see show for many visitors.

With the motto “Intelligent Glass”, “glass technology live” presented glass products from the near future. The results of the visitor survey confirmed the selection of exhibits displayed at “glass technology live”: according to the experts, display glass/technical glass applications, glass printing/coating as well as thin glass are the top themes for the coming three to five years. A highlight at the Special Show was a 10.5 feet x 46 feet pane of glass finished using a ceramic digital printing process. Another attraction was display glass used in alternative areas of application and ultra-thin glass “off the line” for electronic applications. Popular were also the numerous façade mock-ups (with extraordinary geometries and fascinating optical effects) or outstanding insulation properties (using 4-layer insulation glass for example).

The well attended “glass technology live” was accompanied by a top-notch specialist symposium offering a variety of lectures on daily changing themes.

These façade sections of “glass technology live” were a part of the Façade Center, which also consisted of the information ranges of associations and research institutions at the “Competence Center Windows + Facades” and the new section efnMOBIL of the European Facade Network.

The two conferences “Solar meets Glass” and “engineered transparency” as well as the “Architecture Congress” attracted many participants. Already on the day before the start of glasstec 2014, experts from the solar and glass sector met to discuss their interconnected topics. With its 80 participants the two-day conference was well attended given the deep crisis in the solar sector. This was followed on the first and second day of glasstec 2014 by the engineered transparency conference attracting just over 200 participants from 23 countries, discussing the latest developments in the field of structural glass engineering. The Architecture Congress successfully closed the line-up with some 280 participants.

The next glasstec will be held in Düsseldorf, Germany from September 20 - 23, 2016. For further information on visiting or exhibiting at glasstec 2016, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America, 150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 781-5180; Fax: (312) 781-5188; E-mail:; Visit our web site; Subscribe to our blog; Follow us on twitter at

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glasstec 2014 Exhibitor Statements

Biesse Spa / Intermac, Carlo Strappa, Marketing Manager
“glasstec is central in our strategy for stores market. We know that it is the trade fair for the glass industry. Every two years everybody is coming to the show. glasstec is where you have to be, glasstec is when you have to be ready with the best products you can offer. We are extremely happy this year, the booth is full of quality visitors. We have already sold some machines, which is great. Already on the second day we had smiles on our faces. It is absolutely a success.”

Bohle AG, Arne Klöfkorn, Board Member
“We’re very, very satisfied with glasstec. It was by far the best glasstec for us in years. We’ve generated lots of momentum, which should translate into plenty of new business. Especially these days, when one hears the news that times might get worse, the trade fair certainly provides the push we need to get through these times unscathed.”

Bystronic glass, Peter Nischwitz, Head of Corporate Communication
“Our bottom line is very positive! From the start, we saw high-caliber visitors at our exhibition stand. The number of visitors was just right, too, and we’re confident that the industry as a whole will also return to a positive course. We look forward to some really, really great follow-up business after the trade fair.”

GED Integrated Solutions, S. Joseph Shaheen, Director of Sales and Marketing
“We had a lot of traffic come through, a lot of people that have never seen our system in process before. We also had some customers who were at glasstec two years ago and saw us and came back this year. Being here in Düsseldorf gives us this great opportunity to get people to understand our system that is very different from traditional IG production, and it’s very important for our company to be here.”

Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH, Martin Sträb, Executive Vice President & CMO
“Speaking on behalf of the Grenzebach Group, we had extremely positive results overall. We’re glad we returned to Düsseldorf. This is an amazing platform for our international clientele, offering an excellent opportunity to both gain new customers and set appointments with our existing customers for discussions or to further cultivate our partnership. Following some rather difficult years, we now look to the future with moderate optimism and the trade fair provides some very interesting impulses in that regard. Moreover, something we as an exhibitor find noteworthy is that Messe Düsseldorf GmbH is an excellent partner for us. For the first time this year, they organized the opening celebration on the evening before glasstec. This event provided a great setting for us to invite all our key customers and partners. Wonderful discussions developed that evening. Everyone who participated and all the customers thought it was just an absolutely fantastic night. That’s why we’d like to ask that you keep this event and further expand this theme.”

Interpane Glas Industrie AG, Rainer W. Schmid, Marketing Communication Director
“It was a successful event for us overall. glasstec allowed us to properly showcase the alliance between AGC and Interpane, which we had initiated two years ago. We’re pleased, because we made many interesting contacts and saw lots of visitors.”

Lisec Holding GmbH, Mag. Filip Miermans
“Clearly, glasstec is the industry’s leading trade fair. The atmosphere has been incredible right from the start, the visitor numbers and quality are very high. glasstec is the ideal platform for introducing new product ranges.”

Saint-Gobain Glass Deutschland GmbH, Martin Stadler, Marketing Director
“The trade fair completely met our expectations, it was very lively and we met lots and lots of customers. We’re absolutely satisfied with the trade fair.”

ZIPPE Industrieanlagen GmbH, Susanne Smeets-Zippe, Public Relations, Marketing
“glasstec is always the highlight among trade fairs for us, an event in which we have to – and want to – participate. It’s our most important trade fair. Every other year, it’s all hands on deck for us to present our company in the best possible light here, meet as many customers as possible and make new contacts. So far we’re very satisfied with every aspect of the trade fair and have only positive things to say.”


Solar meets Glass
Dr. Florian Wessendorf, VDMA Photovoltaic Equipment, Managing Director

“We think the Solar meets Glass conference was very successful. The wide range of conference topics – from market development in the solar and glass segments to technology topics pertinent to both industries to themes revolving around building-integrated photovoltaics – must have been particularly interesting for the participants. Something I took home with me is that we have to tackle problems together. While an exchange between both sectors already exists, it could certainly still be enhanced.”

engineered transparency
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jens Schneider, Technische Universität Darmstadt

“With 201 participants from 23 nations, the engineered transparency conference was similarly well attended as two years ago and participant feedback has been excellent. That being the case, we’re satisfied. We saw a lot of familiar as well as new faces among the participants – and of course we think it’s particularly great that they represent a highly international audience. We’ve received positive feedback regarding the content of the conference. Participants consider it a great platform whose contents is neither to commercial nor too academic. The tie-in with glasstec has paid off, as well. We saw many corporate representatives who probably wouldn’t have attended a separate conference. Likewise, our participants also visited glasstec to learn more. So what you get is a sustainable link between engineered transparency and glasstec.”

Architecture Congress
Prof. Ulrich Knaack, Delft University of Technology

“It is indeed a bit stressful when every other year you have to create a good storyline, find the right characters and develop the ideal choreography for such a conference. But it worked out really well this year. Many diverse architects took part, some very technical and precise, others more design-oriented – just totally different characters. The Congress really excels at conveying ideas surrounding the functionality of glass and its uses. Plus, the room is packed, and I’ve received positive feedback – and not just from the people I know might want to give me a pat on the back to be polite.”

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