“I am delighted that there were positive signs at glasstec 2014 in the field of mechanical engineering and the glass industry. The German skilled glazier’s trade is currently doing extremely well. Our ranges at glasstec in the Crafts Center with its new glass processing and finishing arena and the participation stations in the also new area Handwerk LIVE went down very well. Together with the established themes Autoglass Arena and glass art we offer a unique programme for all segments of the skilled trades and we are very pleased with the way the trade fair went,” remarked Martin Gutm...
“I am delighted that there were positive signs at glasstec 2014 in the field of mechanical engineering and the glass industry. The German skilled glazier’s trade is currently doing extremely well. Our ranges at glasstec in the Crafts Center with its new glass processing and finishing arena and the participation stations in the also new area Handwerk LIVE went down very well. Together with the established themes Autoglass Arena and glass art we offer a unique programme for all segments of the skilled trades and we are very pleased with the way the trade fair went,” remarked Martin Gutmann, President of glasstec 2014 and Federal Guilds Master.
“What is most important for us as organisers of glasstec is that our customers are satisfied because this is the basis for positive and sustainable growth for the event for the benefit of all involved. We once again fulfilled this goal in 2014 and have therefore again confirmed the role of glasstec as the world’s most important international meeting point with a clear barometer effect for the entire sector,” summed up Hans Werner Reinhard, Managing Director at Messe Düsseldorf.
Special Show glass technology live picks up on future themes
The comprehensive supporting programme at glasstec, which was further extended this year, also went down very well with visitors. In particular, the Special Show “glass technology live” (gtl) in Hall 11 organised by Prof. Stefan Behling and his team from the Institute of Building Construction at Stuttgart University, was once again a must-see show for many visitors.
With the motto “Intelligent Glass”, glass products from the near future were on display here. The results of the visitor survey confirm the selection of exhibits displayed at gtl: according to the experts, display glass/technical glass applications, glass printing/coating as well as thin glass are the top themes for the coming three to five years. A special eye-catcher at the Special Show was a 3.20 x 14 metre pane of glass finished using a ceramic digital printing process. Another highlight was display glass used in alternative areas of application and ultra-thin glass “from the roll” for electronic applications. Other audience magnets were numerous façade mock-ups, for instance with extraordinary geometries, fascinating optical effects or outstanding insulation properties, for example using four-layer insulation glass.
The gtl was accompanied by a top-notch specialist symposium offering – within the exhibition area of gtl – a variety of lectures on daily changing themes which was avidly attended by visitors.
At the same time, these façade sections of glass technology live formed a part of the Façade Center, which also consisted of the information ranges of associations and research institutions at the “Competence Center Windows + Facades”. This line-up was supplemented by the new area efnMOBIL of the European Facade Network.
Conference programme well attended
The line-up of the three conferences “Solar meets Glass”, “engineered transparency” and the “Architecture Congress” went down very well with delegates. Already on the day before the start of the trade fair opened experts from the solar and glass sector met to discuss their interconnected topics. With its 80 participants the two-day conference was pleasingly well attended given the deep crisis in the solar sector. This was followed on the first and second day of glasstec by the engineered transparency conference attracting just over 200 participants from 23 countries to shed light on the latest developments in the field of structural glass engineering. The Architecture Congress on the Wednesday of the fair successfully closed the line-up with some 280 participants.
The next glasstec will be held in Düsseldorf in line with its two-year cycle from 20 to 23 September 2016.
Solar meets Glass
Dr. Florian Wessendorf, Managing Director, VDMA Photovoltaic Equipment
“We think the Solar meets Glass conference was very successful. The wide range of conference topics – from market development in the solar and glass segments to technology topics pertinent to both industries to themes revolving around building-integrated photovoltaics – must have been particularly interesting to participants. Something I took home with me is that we have to tackle problems together. While an exchange between both sectors already exists, it could certainly still be enhanced.”
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jens Schneider, Technische Universität Darmstadt
“With 201 participants from 23 nations, the engineered transparency conference was similarly well attended as two years ago, and participant feedback has been excellent. That being the case, we’re satisfied. We saw lots of familiar as well as new faces among the participants – and of course we think it’s particularly great that they represent a highly international audience. We’ve received positive feedback regarding the content of the conference. Participants consider it a great platform whose contents are neither to commercial nor too academic. The tie-in with glasstec has paid off, as well. We saw many corporate representatives who probably wouldn’t have attended a separate conference. By the same token, our participants also visited
glasstec to learn more. So what you get is a sustainable link between engineered transparency and glasstec.”
Prof. Ulrich Knaack, Delft University of Technology
“It is indeed a bit stressful when every other year you have to create a good storyline, find the right characters and develop the ideal choreography for such a conference. But it worked out really well this year. Many diverse architects took part, some very technical and precise, others more design-oriented – just totally different characters. The Congress really excels at conveying ideas surrounding the functionality of glass and its uses. Plus, the room is packed, and I’ve received positive feedback – and not just from the people I know who might want to give me a pat on the back to be polite.”
Exhibitor statements on glasstec 2014
Biesse Spa /Intermac, Carlo Strappa, Marketing Manager
“glasstec is central in our strategy for stores market. We know that it is the trade fair for the glass industry. Every two years everybody is coming to the show. (…) glasstec is where you have to be, glasstec is when you have to be ready with the best products you can offer. We are extremely happy this year, the booth is full of quality visitors. (…) We have already sold some machines, that’s great. Already on the second day we had smiles on our faces. (…) It is absolutely a success.”
Bohle AG, Arne Klöfkorn, Board Member
We’re very, very satisfied with glasstec. It was by far the best glasstec for us in years. We’ve generated lots of momentum, which should translate into plenty of new business. Especially these days, when one hears the news that times might get worse, the trade fair certainly provides the push we need to get through these times unscathed.
Bystronic glass, Peter Nischwitz, Head of Corporate Communication
“Our bottom line is very positive! From the start, we saw high-calibre visitors at our exhibition stand. The number of visitors was just right, too, and we’re confident that the industry as a whole will also return to a positive trajectory. We look forward to some really, really great follow-up business after the trade fair.”
GED Integrated Solutions, S. Joseph Shaheen, Director of Sales and Marketing
We have had a lot of traffic come through, a lot of people that have never seen our system in process before. We also have had some customers who came two years ago and saw us that have come back. Being here in Düsseldorf gives us this great opportunity to get people to understand our system that is very different from traditional IG production, and it’s very important for our company to be here.
Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH, Martin Sträb, Executive Vice President & CMO
“Speaking on behalf of the Grenzebach Group, we had extremely positive results overall. We’re glad we returned to Düsseldorf. This is an amazing platform for our international clientele, offering an excellent opportunity to both gain new customers and set appointments with our existing customers for discussions or to further cultivate our partnership. Following few rather difficult years, we now look to the future with moderate optimism, and the trade fair provides some very interesting impulses in that regard. Moreover, something we as an exhibitor find noteworthy is that Messe Düsseldorf GmbH is an excellent partner for us. For the first time this year, they organised the opening celebration on the evening before glasstec. This event provided a great setting for us to invite all our key customers and partners. Wonderful discussions developed that evening. Everyone who participated and all the customers thought it was just an absolutely fantastic night. That’s why we’d like to ask that you keep this event and further expand this theme.”
Interpane Glas Industrie AG, Rainer W. Schmid, Marketing Communication Director
“It was a successful event for us overall. glasstec allowed us to properly showcase the alliance between AGC and Interpane, which we had initiated two years ago. We’re pleased, because we made many interesting contacts and saw lots of visitors.”
Lisec Holding GmbH, Mag. Filip Miermans
“Clearly, glasstec is the industry’s leading trade fair. The atmosphere has been incredible right from the start, the visitor numbers and quality are very high. (…) glasstec is the ideal platform for introducing new product ranges. (…)”
Saint-Gobain Glass Deutschland GmbH, Martin Stadler, Marketing Director
The trade fair completely met our expectations, it was very lively, and we met lots and lots of customers. We’re absolutely satisfied with the trade fair.
ZIPPE Industrieanlagen GmbH, Susanne Smeets-Zippe, Public Relations, Marketing
“glasstec is always the highlight among trade fairs for us, an event in which we have to – and want to – participate. It’s our most important trade fair. Every other year, it’s all hands on deck for us to present our company in the best possible light here, meet as many customers as possible and make new contacts. So far we’re very satisfied with every aspect of the trade fair and have only positive things to say.”