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 »

glasstec 2010

Well, we are open for business. The glasstec 2010 opening ceremonies began Tuesday with an exquisite computer-generated film called “Spirit of Glass 1” that showcased different types of glass morphing into each other. I always enjoy creative efforts that remind me of the art and beauty of glass as a material. I spend so much time in the business of glass that I can sometimes forget the art and the craft of it. Dr. Gunther Horzetzky, the State Secretary of the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, alluded to this in his opening remarks at the ceremony. “Nothing else is like glass,” he said…. Read More »

Glasstec: The Prequel

Glasstec 2010 started in a most peculiar way. Got here on the overnight flight from Newark non-stop to Dusseldorf. The plane could have been renamed the “glasstec express” because just about everyone on it was coming here. (I did notice a certain Mr. Steve Howes up in first class in a three-cabin plane so hopefully he arrived well-rested.) Anyway, got in, hotel room ready early (double-YEAH), and, after a three-hour nap, I met up with my colleagues at the show (USGlass magazine editor Megan Headley, video producer Marshall Stevens and editor Charles Cumpston) and we hit the hall. Our full shipment had arrived undamaged, so we set up and were… Read More »

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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