GLASSTEC 2016: optimism+ solid investment climate

During the four days of the  fair,1,235 exhibitors from 52 countries welcomed more than 40,200  visitors from over 100 countries. Without doubt, Glasstec  has again confirmed  its standing as the leading global trade fair for the glass sector. Industry experts from all  areas of  glass production, processing and finishing,  architecture/construction as well as window/façade and solar systems were very satisfied with their participation; exhibitors unanimously report concluding good business deals, promising contacts and an upward mood in the global glass sector.


   “Without doubt Glasstec is and will remain the most important trade fair for glass machinery and plant building. This has been confirmed once again this year by the high percentage and quality of international visitors. This position now has to be built upon. A challenge we have to meet together with our partners from the glass industry, the glazier trades and Messe Düsseldorf,”concluded Dr. Bernd-Holger Zippe, Chairman of the Board of VDMA's Glass Technology Forum and Chairman of the glasstec Advisory Board.
    In terms of visitors the quality of this trade fair is again underscored by the high percentage of top-management executives. More than half the visitors came from this decision-making level of their companies. Furthermore, over 40% of visitors attended glasstec 2016 with concrete intentions to invest. The proportion of guests travelling to Düsseldorf from abroad continues to be unrivalled, also by international standards in this industry.
    Glass technology live: inspiring and pioneering
The Special Show glass technology live  in Hall 11, which was organised under the auspices of Prof. Stefan Behling, Senior Executive Partner at Foster & Partners in London, and the IBK 2 team of Stuttgart University, served as a central meeting place for the industry. As an innovation forum for future glass applications the Special Show is the most important catalyst for the international glass sector. Under the heading “Future – Glass – Performance” exhibits revolving around free-form, ultra-thin, solid and informative glass were on display here. Highlights included smart glass that can adapt to varying light conditions such as electro-chromic glass, or interactive glass as a carrier of information and electronics, as well as head-up displays and Smart-Home functions or an interactive all-glass sports floor. In the structural segment a nine meter long and four meter high all-glass slide made for surprised faces, to name but one exhibit.
   Line-Up  conferences focussed on important topics
The agendas of the three conferences “Function meets Glass”, ”engineered transparency“ and “International Architecture Congress” convinced the delegates with a spectrum of highly topical subjects and internationally renowned speakers. As early as the day before the trade fair experts from the sector industry already met at the new, 2-day conference “Function meets Glass”. Its first “edition” already managed to get together the international community of the technical world of glass registering over 120 participants from 22 countries. The scientific conference “engineered transparency” attracted 210 participants from 25 nations to Düsseldorf and shed some light on the latest developments in structural glass construction in over 70 lectures. Finally, the International Architecture Congress marked the successful close to the series with 200 delegates and exciting talks such as the one delivered by British star architect Ian Ritchie.
 Glasstec 2018 will take place 23-26.10.2018 in Düsseldorf