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July 2018

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Anne Meerboth-Maltz
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The 25th glasstec, International Trade Fair for Glass Production, Processing and Products, will celebrate its special anniversary with high exhibitor participation and new ancillary program events. Four months before the start of the event, registrations for exhibition space are already exceeding the total of the 2016 staging, approaching the record figures of 2008. “All leading international companies in the industry have confirmed their participation in glasstec 2018. The visitors and exhibitors will experience an anniversary with many great innovations,” said Birgit Horn, Director of glasstec. The organizers are expecting more than 1,200 exhibitors from over 50 countries to participate in glasstec from October 23 – 26, 2018 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.

glass technology live: New team, new concept
The ancillary program will center around a special exhibition “glass technology live” in Hall 11. In 2018 it will be organized for the first time by a network of universities – the Technical Universities of Darmstadt, Delft, Dresden and Dortmund – with a presentation of the hub @ glasstec. The range of topics will span all industries, covering applications and solutions from the following areas:

  • Interactive façades and display glass
  • Energy and performance
  • Structural glass: solid, thin and container glass
  • New technologies 

More information about glass technology live:

glasstec conference: All conferences under one roof
The glasstec conference in Hall 10 will feature high-caliber talks and provide in-depth background knowledge on the exhibits of the special show glass technology live, forging an even closer link between theory and practice. Overview of conferences and topics:

Conference Topic Date and venue
function meets glass Manufacturing and Processing of Functional Glass 22-23 October,
CCD Ost Hall 10
Glass Production by HVG DGG Molten Glass and Emissions 23 October
Hall 10
Markets by BV GLAS The Environment and Climate Policies in Germany and the EU 23 October
Hall 10
Technology by VDMA Networked Production and New Technologies 24 October
Hall 10
Daylight by EuroWindoor Use of Daylight in Buildings – New Developments in Fundamentals and Planning 24 October/
Hall 10
International Architecture Congress  Transparent Buildings – New Architecture with Glass 25 October
engineered transparency Glass – Façades – Energy 25-26 October
Hall 10

For the complete program:

New START-UP ZONE for young international companies from the glass industry
At the premiere of the START-UP ZONE, 16 young international companies from 10 different countries (Austria, Finland, Germany, India, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and Taiwan) will present their innovative ideas and products. Some examples:

  • Ateliers Glassex Private Limited from India uses state-of-the-art technologies for direct screen printing onto glass bottles. 
  • The Italian start-up MO.S.A.I.C. offers engineering services in plant engineering, robotics and industrial automation. 
  • Stealthcase OY from Finland has a technical solution called Tiivi Connect for the lossless transmission of mobile signals through window frames. 
  • The Seeory Materials Corporation from Taiwan will showcase its low-temperature manufacturing process for laminated glass films.

For details about the participating companies:

Craft LIVE: Participate and make new discoveries
The Craft Center invites visitors to participate hands-on. Its central focus will be the stand of the Federal Association of the German Glazing Trade in Hall 9. The same hall will also host the special exhibition Craft LIVE on the subject of “Finishing Glass: from the Warehouse to the End Product”. At various practically oriented stations, which illustrate the entire process chain, visitors from the glass processing trade learn which requirements, processes and products facilitate the processing and transport of glass. Here, the glass processing trade is invited to try out tools and materials. Another feature at the Crafts Center will be a special exhibition “Glass Art”. The spectrum of exhibiting artists from internationally renowned galleries will range from glassware and sculptures to glass paintings.

New competition for young glass processors: The glasstec challenge
Trainees in their third year of apprenticeship will work under competitive conditions during the trade fair, creating various exhibits. In addition to the quality of the exhibits, the timing, preparation and use of protective equipment and work clothing will also be assessed.

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