Zak Glass Technology Expo India post-show report

Zak Glass Technology Expo, held concurrently with the 8th edition of Zak Doors & Windows Expo, which is India’s largest forum on Fenestration and the 3rd Zak Aluminium Extrusions Expo, had a total of 20,600 visitors, and attracted about 300 participating brands from approximately 22 countries that represented the latest trends for industry development.

Zak Group hosted the 9th edition of Zak Glass Technology Expo from the 8 to 11 December 2011 at MMRDA Exhibition Center, Mumbai. The event aimed at highlighting the multifaceted innovative glass processing solutions that are now available for the Indian glass industry, which will add a positive thrust and impetus to the nation’s development in the real estate and automotive markets. The expo had a total of 20,600 visitors at the exhibition over its four-day period.
Commenting on this achievement, Syed Ahad Ahmed, Director of the Expo said: “We are extremely pleased with the reception of our expo this year. The Indian glass market was going through a lull period over the past few months, but after the expo, the industry is looking up to happier days. Glass dealers are now investing in glass processing technology while the bigger and established glass processors are upgrading to high-end technology and window fabrication. We are proud to say that many new glass processors were created from this exhibition, which is a great achievement for the Indian glass industry. This is apart from the current processors upgrading their technologies.”
The expo was held concurrently with the 8th edition of Zak Doors & Windows Expo, which is India’s largest forum on Fenestration and the 3rd Zak Aluminium Extrusions Expo, which is the only kind of expo globally focusing on Aluminium Extrusions for Curtain Wall fabrication. The cross pollination of visitors was also one of the key highlights of this edition.
He also quoted: “Glass and fenestration play a key role in sustainable architecture. The expo was an ideal platform for those looking to be abreast with the latest solutions and technologies to help build a sustainable future. As of today, India has approximately 450 million sq.ft. of green and sustainable building space and various bodies such as the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) and The Energy & Resource Institute (TERI) have articulated that within two years by 2012 the country should have a total of 1.2 billion sq.ft. The technologies and solutions highlighted at the expo coupled with the practical knowledge sharing during the seminar sessions, provided the glass processors to create more sustainable, improved and environmentally friendly products for urban environments across all sectors such as commercial, hospitality, healthcare, IT, etc. Ar. Hafeez Contractor who is one of the leading architects of India inaugurated the expo.
The show attracted about 300 participating brands from approximately 22 countries that represented the latest trends for the industry development and was an important place for the India glass industry.
Leading European glass processors such as Bystronic, Bottero, Lisec, Benteler, Hegla, Glasston, Glasstech, etc., were key exhibitors, along with top bonding players such as 3M, Dow Corning, GE Sealants, Wacker, Sika, etc. There was also a good presence of top Chinese companies, including North Glass, Land Glass, Mingte Glass, Yuntong Glass, etc. Turkey’s CMS Makina and Optimac were also present, along with top Indian glass processors and dealers.
There were products, solutions and technologies on display for glass production, processing, finishing, products, applications, façade elements, along with auxiliary products such as fittings, tools, hardware, sealants, tapes, films, coatings, software, publications, etc.
The next edition of Zak Glass Technology Expo will be held in New Delhi 14-16 December 2012.”