glasstec 2008 to highlight solar thermal and PV glass

At just five months to the start of the trade fair, glasstec 2008 is already breaking all records. Posting 1,000 exhibitors on exhibition space of over 65,500 square meters, the leading trade fair for…

At just five months to the start of the trade fair, glasstec 2008 is already breaking all records. Posting 1,000 exhibitors on exhibition space of over 65,500 square meters, the leading trade fair for the glass sector is now as big as ever. Project director Marianne Ingenhoven said: “We are extremely satisfied with the great demand. We are receiving new enquiries from companies around the world every single day.” She went on to say how interest from international glass producers, in particular, has risen once again over the previous event. Messe Dsseldorf expects further exhibitors to register before the official opening of glasstec from 21 to 25 October 2008. Marianne Ingenhoven adds: “Needless to say, this outstanding development of glasstec has not just happened coincidentally. Glass is today as much in demand as ever and companies naturally also want to fly their flags at the world“s leading sectoral event”. Market leader presence plus high-calibre side events like the special show “glass technology live” including symposiums as well as the architectural congress “Transparency! Glass and Facade Technology” offer trade visitors unrivalled, all-round information for future investment decisions. Two of the key themes covered at glasstec 2008 are photovoltaics and solar thermal systems. The “Solar and Laser Center” in Hall 11 of the Exhibition Centre displays innovations such as novel thin-film modules; with films measuring a few thousandths of a millimetre they constitute a promising alternative to conventional silicon solar cells. The solar theme will also be the central topic on two of the five conference days of the Technical Symposium that accompanies the “glass technology live” special show. Here manufacturing technologies, products and building integration take centre stage. However, the other segments of the glass industry will focus just as much on innovations at glasstec 2008 and a tour of the trade fair reflects the diversity of this booming market, ranging from craftsman-type finishers and processors of glass presenting their practical applications of the material in Hall 9, the finishing of flat and hollow glass, the construction of glass furniture, to the use of glass as a lifestyle product in modern architecture. In neighbouring Halls 10 and 11, firms representing the glass manufacturing industry will showcase new developments. Anti-microbial glass that kills up to 99.9% of bacteria is suitable for applications in both hospitals and nursing homes but also in private households. High-tech features such as titanium coatings applied to the outer side of panes (for instance, to ensure sunlight degrades soil deposits) are suited not only to major applications but also for sunglasses. The largest exhibition area of glasstec is glass machinery and equipment construction. For the companies exhibiting in Halls 12 to 17, participation at the trade fair is a must. Especially for German and Italian firms with exports accounting for 80% of their sales, participation in Dsseldorf is indispensable as it is the only place to meet key decision makers from almost every corner of the globe in the shortest time. The No. 1 theme of 2008 glasstec, solar technology, has also become a significant market for glass machinery manufacturers. Producers of solar products require reliable, high-performance equipment to develop their business successfully on a growing market. Visitors can also enjoy a moment of relaxation in the glamorous world of glass while contemplating “glassart”. Here international artists will exhibit works ranging from containers and sculptures to glass paintings.