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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 »

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 »

BAU’s a Wow

Today was my first time ever attending the BAU (which means “Build” in German) show, which is being held at the Munich Fairgrounds this week. I’d been told for years, and by a number of people, that “you really should visit BAU.” Well, after just one day here, I understand why. Why? Because while glasstec—held every other year in Dusseldorf—focuses on all types of glass manufacturing and processes, BAU is where you see the glass in action in all sorts of products. And because it also showcases a variety of glass-related products, including steel and facades, BAU is where you get to see everything, from building facades to high-end residential… Read More »

Top Take-Aways

This impressive handler was about three stories high in the air.

Glasstec was a great show—and now that it’s over, I’ve had a little time to reflect. So if you’ll forgive me for my jetlagged pontifications, I’d like to share my top five take-aways from this year’s event. Here goes: 1. Thin Is In—and Out. I wrote a full story on this one on Friday, as it was the top story to emerge from this year’s event. 2.  You’ve Got to Move It, Move It—the second most pronounced theme was the advancements being made in glass handling equipment and machinery. The robotics we glimpsed at at glasstec in 2010 and 2012 have now gone mainstream, and just about every handling equipment… Read More »

Thin is In–and Out

Who

There’s a uniquely American ritual at glasstec. Whenever you run into someone from the U.S.—and there is a very healthy contingent here by the way despite the concerns about airline strikes and Ebola—they will ask you what you have seen that is new or different. I used to think this was because I was covering the show, but it is an equal-opportunity question asked by and to all. “What did you see?” and “What’s new?” are the common questions and they usually result in as many different answers as there are answerers. Not this year. There is only one answer and it is consistent and single response from all: the… Read More »

Glassy Eyes at glasstec

The stands of manufacturers such as Saint Gobain and Guardian were packed as tightly as a Tokyo subway.

There is so much business being done in these halls that it’s hard to keep up with it. A buoyed economy coupled with pent-up demand has resulted in a deal a minute here in the halls of glasstec. “We sold our machine,” said one machinery maker five minutes after the show opened. It’s been like that ever since. Even through a Lufthansa-planned strike on Monday afternoon and Tuesday, organizers report that opening day foot traffic was the same as the last show. This is a sizable victory given that nearly 1,500 Lufthansa flights were cancelled during the job action, which has now been suspended. And by Wednesday morning the floodgates… Read More »

The Global Glass Gathering

A clever mix of decorative glass and mirror at 90 degree angles made a tiny coffee knook appear expansive.

If there were Nobel prizes awarded to regions of the world for the innovative use of glass, it wouldn’t be hard to choose the winners in any category. Best innovative use of glass/exterior—In general, you have to give that to the buildings of the Middle East, given the amazing designs we’ve seen in Qatar, Bahrain, the U.A.E. The designs of these buildings are truly imagineers with a magic wand of glass in their hands. Best use of energy-efficient glass—I am going with the Scandinavians, because they have been the market leaders in the adoption of highly energy-efficient glass. Even triple glazing is de rigueur there. Best innovative use of glass/interior—My… Read More »

FAQ

We are in the midst of the fall show season as I write this, as it seems just about every industry group holds its show from mid-September to mid-November. Everyone in my family knows that I leave after Labor Day and return right before Thanksgiving, with a few “stop-overs” home in between. If you are going to glasstec in Dusseldorf next month, I hope you will stop and see us in hall 13 stand A102. If you are not attending glasstec but hitting Greenbuild instead, we’d love to meet up with you at booth #1829. Or if you will be at Win-door in Toronto in November, please visit us in booth #1312…. Read More »

glasstec’s Top Five

We are half way through glasstec, that amalgamation of everything and anything glass. After all, where else can you find bottle molds next to point-supported glass systems and around the corner from crystal jewelry? In two short days, a number of trends have emerged from the massive booths that stretch across nine halls. Here are my top five picks for trends thus far: Thin is In — Pushing the limits of manufacturing new records in glass thicknesses are being set. Cooltemper was promoting the manufacture of a fully-tempered (that’s fully tempered) 2 mm thick glass. But the big news was the expansion of Gorilla Glass by its manufacturer Corning into… Read More »

Marking Time

Glasstec, the mother of all glass trade shows starts tomorrow in Düsseldorf, Germany. Just as the first day of school marks an exciting time for school children everywhere, glasstec marks this time for me. And because it’s every other year the changes it heralds are always pronounced. This is my 14th visit to the show. I have attended every show since 1984, save one in the late 1980s. The changes that have occurred during that time have been dramatic. Let’s look at the glass manufacturing industry first. The landscape of the industry was a lot different during that first visit. Oh, the U.S. still had less than 10 primary manufacturers as it does now but look… Read More »

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