GlassBuild: end of show report

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GlassBuild America was held last week in Atlanta, highlighting trends of the window and door industry. Unfortunately, attendance at the show was hit by the remnants of Hurricane Irma, disrupting travel for many attendees and exhibitors. However, most people who did make it said the attendees walking the floor this year were the ones who really wanted to conduct business.

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GlassBuild America took place last week in Atlanta, highlighting trends of the window and door industry
GlassBuild America closed its 2017 doors at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center after highlighting several trends that have been prominent in the door and window industry for the past few years.
For example, contemporary designs are still big, as seen on products ranging from hardware to window profiles. Also big: Lots of glass.“The market intelligence is telling us that everyone wants more glass area and less visible frame and sash,” said Mark DePaul, business development manager for Energi Fenestration Solutions.
The lack of skilled labour, a problem that’s driving innovation from software makers and machinery manufacturers, was an inescapable conversation on the show floor.
For example, Joseph Machinery’s fabrication center was a popular draw for GlassBuild attendees. It’s been updated with additional production modules, said senior sales engineer Chris Cooper. “With the labour issues, this has been the big saver this year,” he said. “More customers are asking for this machine to be more flexible.”
Peter Dixen, CEO, A+W Software, said the company is very focused on the Internet of Things (IoT) and integration of business intelligence reporting into its systems. “Everyone is busy and they want to get the most out of the factory,” said Dixen.
Windowmaker Software brought an experienced team to GlassBuild – according to the company, its four representatives at the show had more than 100 years of experience with the product. GlassBuild 2017 was the compa...
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