GBA Day Three, Year 30

Well it’s over. Day three was extremely slooooow. I realized yesterday that this actually was my 30th consecutive GBA. (I say GBA though the show has actually had a number of different names over the years.) Let me just throw in here that I was just out of school and that I graduated college at an unusually young age when I worked my first GBA. As far as I can tell, only Dan Degorter of Degorter Inc. has me beat in terms of consecutive years’ attendance. He started coming when he was a teenager as hasn’t missed one since either.  Anyway, I mentioned this fact to a few of the newer… Read More »

Glassbuild 2010 Day Two

The Glassbuild show is turning into two shows in one. The first and last two hours each of these first two days have been light on attendance; the middle three have been busy. My theory is that your view of the show depends on which hours you spent in your booth. International attendance had been steadily growing in years’ past, but seems down significantly this year. This is most likely because glasstec will be held in Dusseldorf in just two weeks. “If you are making a significant machinery purchase this year, you’d go to Dusseldorf,” said one attendee, who admitted he wasn’t really shopping for anything in particular except “a… Read More »

GlassBuild 2010

If there’s a fast lead emerging from the Glassbuild America show in Vegas it’s the new alternatives to low-E. By this I mean new products that mimic the performance of low-E but do so by using a technology different from the traditional hard or soft coatings. The technology displayed by Bridgestone under the Evasafe product name, for example, involves a molecular bond to glass as a substrate. “The resulting glass is non metallic,” said Koji Kuwano, assistant manager of performance films for Bridgestone. This means that wireless rays can get through easily. Every one is worried about their wireless reception. This product helps that too.” No one displays glass that’s… Read More »

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