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Convention of International Glass Industry Associations to be held in Murano

Convention of International Glass Industry Associations to be held in Murano


The two-day meeting will bring together global leaders from the world of glass.

The Convention of International Glass Industry Associations, organized by Vitrum with the support of ITA (Italian Trade Agency), will be held in Murano (Venice) June 6 and 7, 2018.

After a successful first meeting in 2017, relationships were strengthened during Vitrum 2017 – Italy’s International Glass Show – in Milan last October. And now, the leading representatives of the global glass industry will meet again on the island of glass. Delegations from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Finland, the United Kingdom, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, the United States, Switzerland and, of course, Italy, will be attending. Representatives of 15 international glass industry publications have also been invited to attend the two-day meeting.

A demanding program is in store. In the early afternoon of June 6, the delegations will meet at the offices of the Stazione Sperimentale del Vetro (Experimental Glass Station), a research centre and global point of reference for businesses, associations, universities and institutions affiliated with the world of glass. The “hottest” topics in the world of glass will be discussed, topics that were identified a year ago as priorities by all the delegates. These will be analysed in depth by the representatives, country by country and market by market, based on the latest developments and new requirements. The focus will be on technical and production standardization, education and training, history and culture, energy and environmental stewardship.

Time has also been set aside for less intense parallel events, like a demonstration (on Thursday June 7) of the ancient “bead-makers” art, the Venetian artisan tradition of making glass beads for necklaces, bracelets and other jewellery. It is an experience that encapsulates centuries of skills and cultural aesthetics, passed down from one generation to the next.

The second Convention of International Glass Industry Associations will conclude with a visit to “Le Stanze del Vetro” (The Rooms of Glass) on the island of San Giorgio, in partnership with the Fondazione Giorgio Cini. Fondazione Cini is a cultural centre of international calibre that hosts year-round research activities, exhibits and meetings, shows and concerts as well as conferences held by scientific and cultural organizations. Convention attendees will visit “Le Stanze del Vetro”, the gallery-museum dedicated to the history and culture of glass processing from the early 1900s to the present.

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