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October 2018

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Anne Meerboth-Maltz
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Messe Düsseldorf North America
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The 25th staging of glasstec, International Trade Fair for Glass Production, Processing and Products, in Düsseldorf, Germany again confirmed its position as the leading international trade fair and platform for the worldwide glass sector. A total of 1,280 exhibitors from 50 countries showcased their products in nine halls to more than 42,000 visitors from over 120 nations. The percentage of attendees coming from countries other than Germany remains unrivalled in the industry. Exhibitors unanimously 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. 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,” commented Wolfram N. Diener, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf.

The VDMA (Mechanical Engineering Industry Association) member companies are also overall highly satisfied with the trade fair. “Many high-level specialist discussions were held with the visitors, which look likely to lead to orders. 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,” said Egbert Wenninger, Chairman of the Board of VDMA's Glass Technology Forum and Chairman of the glasstec Advisory Board.

More than 70% of trade visitors travelled to glasstec from outside of Germany. The high proportion of executives from top management (more than 70% of the visitors have decision-making authority) underlines the excellent quality of the trade fair. The wide and varied range of products and services is also reflected in the varied conference program and the special shows. glasstec offers an ideal platform for knowledge transfer and shows all target groups, from craftsmen, architects, glass processors, manufacturers, technology providers and upstream suppliers to the industry, all the innovations and visions of tomorrow.

“Glass is a trend and this year’s glasstec has made this perfectly clear again! The industry keeps moving and the current upswing clearly shows that the millennia-old history of glass as a material continues with amazing innovations. As the trade association of the glass industry and conceptual sponsor of glasstec, we can look back on an exciting trade fair week. It is always exciting to experience glass in its diverse applications,” commented Dr. Johann Overath, Director General of Bundesverband Glasindustrie e.V.

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). 13 companies displayed their products within this group exhibit.

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), there was 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) as well as 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. (BV Glas). The forum of the VDMA focused on connected production and new technologies A new events was “Daylight by EuroWindoor” about legislative frameworks and planning aspects of daylighting in buildings.

In the new START-UP-ZONE in Hall 10, 15 young, international companies from ten countries (Norway, Finland, India, Italy, Switzerland, Lithuania, Austria, Netherlands, Germany, Taiwan) showcased their ideas. “In the glass industry start ups find it especially difficult to make contact with companies although these could clearly benefit from innovative technologies. The START UP-ZONE has allowed us to obtain valuable feedback and take concrete steps for installations. This is exactly what the industry needs,” noted Daniel Valenzuela, Business Development Manager at Actyx AG.

In addition to the extensive ancillary program, glasstec 2018 featured several special exhibits. The Federal Guild Association of the Glazier Trade presented “Crafts LIVE” with the topic "Finishing Glass: from Warehousing to Finished Products.” Martin Gutmann, Federal Guild Master and President of glasstec 2018, commented: “The glass industry once again impressively demonstrated its many facets and its potential in Düsseldorf. Visitors here could experience innovative craftmanship in Hall 9, as well as a versatile, innovative industry in the other exhibition halls. Even in times of political turbulence and disagreements that cannot be overlooked, we have every reason to look to the future with optimism. The glazier trade does not need any “retrofitting” in order to be able to survive in the future.”

Other highlights included the new “glasstec Challenge” competition for students from three large glass schools and the special exhibition “glass art”.

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glasstec 2018 – Exhibitor Statements

“The 25th glasstec was a special highlight for SCHOTT. A new booth concept invited visitors to discover and experience glass. Our feedback was excellent both in terms of quantity and quality. And, of course, glasstec again offered a perfect platform for networking.”
Salvatore Ruggiero, Vice President Marketing and Communication, SCHOTT AG

NSG Pilkington
“The glasstec event presented the dynamic evolution of glass applications in the world and we were very pleased to be part of such a successful show. Visitors were able to view a wide range of design options and realize the enormous development in dynamic façade solutions, which, by focusing on energy generation, enable building designers to enhance inhabitants’ comfort and well-being. This is the generation of products for today and tomorrow and NSG Group presented a variety of products, which are fulfilling these “future” market demands. glasstec 2018 was an excellent platform on which to showcase the Group’s capabilities to the world.”
Sing Koo, Managing Director Germany & VA Manager Europe

Merck KGaA
“This year, Merck joined glasstec for the first time. After the opening of our production plant in Veldhoven, The Netherlands, nearly one year ago, we found with glasstec the right platform to successfully launch our new brand for dynamic liquid crystal windows EYRISE™ as well as our new product for dynamic solar control EYRISE™ s350 into the market. We had the opportunity to engage in meaningful interactions with visitor and achieved our goal to position Merck as a top supplier of dynamic liquid crystal windows.”
Martin Zitto, Senior Business Development Manager

Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH
“Digitization has arrived in the glass world. Innovation and added value in the glass production of the future became tangible and can be experienced at the trade fair. glasstec has again shown its importance - being a trend compass and a catalyst for the global glass industry. We were impressed by the great interest of international visitors and customers and look forward to seeing you again in two years.”
Markus Gruber, Vice President Sales Business Unit Glass at Grenzebach

Saint-Gobain Building Glass Europe
“For Saint-Gobain, glasstec is a fixture in our calendar as well as a trade fair highlight every two years. Here we meet our worldwide network of sales partners and customers. From the very beginning, we once again recorded an enormous number of visitors. The topic of overlength glass is obviously hitting the bull's eye. Without exception, there was a great response - and not only at the trade fair stand: Notable attractions were also the glass tunnel made of 8-meter-long curved panes at glass technology live, our XXL truck in the open air and the largest PVB laminate in the world at EASTMANN. We produced the basic glass for this.”
Saint-Gobain Building Glass Europe, Martin Stadler, Marketing Director D-A-CH

Bohle AG
“glasstec offers us the optimal platform to present our numerous product novelties to a broad trade audience from all over the world. We are very satisfied with both the quality and the quantity of the visitors. The response to our new booth concept was consistently positive and we had many good conversations, so we are sure that glasstec will give us tailwind for our continued business success.”
Arne Klöfkorn, Chief Operating Officer at Bohle AG

“The glasstec show 2018 was again the perfect scene to show the many innovations we have and to conduct high quality meetings with existing and potential customers. Our show’s motto was ‘we innovate for your success’ – a message we were able to convey completely.”
Christian Krenn, International Sales Director LiSEC

“For DOW, glasstec 2018 will definitively be remembered as an edition of very good quality, a very good barometer for the market dynamic as well as the interests showed for our solutions. As always, we see glasstec as the undisputed trade show for innovation in glass and networking with our global customers. All the staff was exhausted and happy!“
Jean-Paul Hautekeer, Global Marketing Director, High Performance Building, DOW

Actyx AG
“Within the conservative glass industry it is hard for startups to connect with companies, even though these companies could significantly profit from innovative technologies. The Startup Zone enabled us to receive valuable feedback and to schedule concrete steps for installations. This is exactly what the industry needs.”
Daniel Valenzuela, Business Development Manager, Actyx AG

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