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The Opposite of Auld Lange Syne

I tried to find an antonym for the phrase “Auld Lange Syne” and learned a lot. First, it’s a Scottish phrase coined in poetry by arguably the greatest Scottish literary author of all times, Robert Burns. Second, it means a collection of times past—a month of Sundays, eons of ages, etc. And third, it has no known antonyms. I was looking for a word that conveyed the “here, now and optimistic future” rather than the “there, then and bittersweet past” because I believe 2019 is going to be a landmark year for the glass and metal industry. So here are a few predictions about 2019. It will be a year… Read More »

More Trends from Glasstec

Glasstec has always been an awesome show from a product standpoint. In the last few years, and under the direction of Birgit Horn, the event has grown to include even more new technologies and their applications. It also now involves some of the best glazing-related academics in the world. In addition to seeing the latest in new products, the show makes it easy to glimpse the future, as well. So, against that backdrop, here are some of the up and coming trends I saw to watch for in the future. More than an ounce of prevention: New technology is focused on very specific problems that commonly occur in glass. There… Read More »

Shape, Size and Automation

The real delight of glasstec ’18 is that it is chock-full of new and true innovation. Companies that geared their R&D departments back up after the recession have begun to bear fruit. They are serving up the most innovative of products at the show like a salad full of delightful and dazzling new fruits. The show, which runs through Friday at the Messe in Dusseldorf, Germany, is massive to be sure, but a great place to glance at creative new products, many of which will become ordinary over the course of the next few years. To see the show “in order” you would start in Hall 9, which is dedicated… Read More »

It’s THE Show

Okay, okay, I am writing this on the plane somewhere over the Atlantic. I’ll give you just one guess where I am going. You probably didn’t even need the guess because just about everyone in the industry knows that glasstec starts tomorrow in Dusseldorf, Germany. There is absolutely nothing like it anywhere else in the world, including in North America. glasstec sports hall after hall of products from thousands of exhibitors. They are viewed by more than 60,000 attendees from all over the world. This is my 16th trip to glasstec. My first show was in 1984 and, save for a year of recession in the late 80s and a… Read More »

Vegas: Worthy of Consideration

Overall, this year’s GlassBuild America garnered good reviews from almost all with whom I spoke. There were some common-themed suggestions that I heard a number of times during my week in Vegas. They are: Most likely the result of an attempt to integrate GANA’s Fall Conference into the GlassBuild architecture, the old GANA annual conference stretched to four days, with only one meeting on most days. Other events such as the Glazing Executives Forum overlapped show hours, as did the Window and Door Dealer Day which was held at a separate location entirely. The overlapping conferences and their times and location was a bit confusing. Holding the cocktail party on… Read More »

Vegas: Cause for Celebration

The city of Las Vegas is for celebrating—and the glass industry did its part during the GlassBuild America show, held there September 12-14, 2018. Celebrations abounded both on and off the show floor. Machinery manufacturer Mappi commemorated its 25th anniversary. Tool and equipment supplier EDTM did as well. Veka celebrated 35 years in North America. Caldwell Manufacturing may have been one of the oldest companies, marking its 130th year in business, but its slogan as the “gateway to the Internet of Things” certainly rings current. And a number of individuals in the glass industry celebrated anniversaries as well, including Bob Price formerly of J.E. Berkowitz, reaching 40 years in the… Read More »

Vegas: Yeah, That Happened.

Robotics are in and finding enough workers is out; accelerated depreciation of up to 100 percent of cost is in and recession is out. All these factors combined to make the GlassBuild America (GBA) show, held in Las Vegas September 12-14, 2018, the best and business-busiest show in a decade. The exhibition felt like a trade show should, full of people coming to make educated purchases and decisions. Throw in a number of new products, a whole lot of new technology and well … Las Vegas … and you have a very successful event. Trends were everywhere. Here’s my own top five, Vegas-style: 1. Jumbotrons come indoors. Cruise the strip… Read More »

Jumbo Tentacles

While jumbo glass has been around for a while now, the number of companies that manufacture it has increased rapidly. You’ll see offerings from so many companies that I bet within the next five years jumbo won’t be jumbo anymore; it will just be one of many glass sizes available. These new sizes are serving as the impetus for new products and variations of current ones in a variety of related fields. Specifically: 1. Jumbo coated glass: While jumbo glass gains in usage and popularity, so will its ability to be coated with a variety of coatings. Vitro’s new high-performance magnetron sputtered vacuum deposition coater debuted last month in Wichita… Read More »

A Month’s News–In a Week

Last week was a very busy one in the glass and metal news business. Late on July 31, the news that Kawneer’s parent, Arconic, was seeking to sell Kawneer and its Building and Construction Solutions (BCS) business was announced. And that’s just the beginning. “Obviously, we are at the very beginning of the process, but I wanted to let you know that our commitment to you, our valued customer, remains unchanged by this news,” said Arconic BCS president Diana Perreiah in a letter to customers. “For our team, it’s business as usual and we will continue our focus on delivering for our customers through continued investments, innovation and service.” The BCS… Read More »

That Championship Season

I was out of the office on an extended Fourth of July trip last week and got back yesterday morning. So what’s the first thing I wanted to do? Run into the office and see the proofs of USGlass magazine’s New Products Guide, slated to run in the July issue of the magazine. And that’s exactly what I did. I was craving innovation and I wasn’t disappointed. The relative dearth of new industry products during the recession-laden end of the last decade has been replaced by a cascade of new and important products. Though you’ll see many of them in the July issue, today I want to focus on the… Read More »

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