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October 2010

The Kegelbahn and Auf Wiedersehen

Glasstec 2010 is now history for the 45,000 who visited during the four days. Organizers released a press release citing an air of optimism and I think they got that right for the international glass industry as a whole. U.S. attendees brought a blank slate—neither too optimistic nor too pessimistic. “We are sitting on the elevator in the basement,” said one attendee, “I don’t think we will go down any more, but we are sitting still waiting to go up.”  Professionally, glasstec 2010 marked an achievement for USGlass. We were told it was the first time a news organization ever covered the show with daily video reports every day—and we… Read More »

The Solar Situation

Back in the late 1970s technology became available that would allow you to record programs from your television to watch at a later date. Multiple technologies, including VHS, Beta and a few other lesser ones were developed. Moviemakers recognized immediately what a good new revenue stream this could be for them, but did not want to bet the farm on any one of the technologies as it would be costly for them to make an investment before they knew which type of technology would become dominant. They urged the makers of the recording equipment to develop one technology and one standard. That never happened.  That the lesser ones disappeared quickly… Read More »

New Trends at Glasstec

Glasstec 2010 is winding down in Dusseldorf today and there are a smattering of new products and processes to discuss. But, just for today, let’s look at some of the things that have changed about the fair itself. My top ten: 1. China has arrived. It’s been interesting to watch the ever-advancing style of many of the Chinese companies that exhibit in glasstec. As the quality of the products has advanced, so has their marketing sophistication. The booth that the Chinese company Rider Glass displayed could just as easily have represented a company headquartered in Alabama or anywhere else in North America. 2. Machinery Madness. There’s a great shake-up going… Read More »

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