glasstec, the international glass industry trade fair that began in 1970 with only 87 exhibitors, took place last week for the 25th time in Düsseldorf, Germany. A total of 1,280 exhibitors from 50 countries showcased their products this year, across nine halls and to more than 42,000 visitors from more than 120 nations. According to show organizers, exhibitors unanimously reported promising new contacts and solid business deals. More than 70 percent of show visitors traveled to glasstec from outside of Germany, including a strong number from North America.

Representatives from Tremco Inc.’s North American residential windows and insulating glass components business in the U.S. also took part in the show, along with the German operations Tremco illbruck. According to Kevin Zuege, Tremco’s senior director, marketing and technical service, residential windows, this carries on a decades-old tradition of representing the Tremco global brand.

“Tremco supports glazing markets around the world with locally based organizations to address that area’s specific needs and requirements,” says Zuege. Meanwhile, Pierre El-Hindi, Tremco general manager, says that collaboration among locally based organizations, such as Tremco Construction Sealants and Waterproofing in the U.S. and Canada, and Tremco illbruck in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, allows the company to execute on its value proposition, serving customers across continents.

Together at the show, Tremco illbruck and Tremco focused on the introduction of the EnerEDGE IG spacer system, to gain feedback on interest and pathways to the broadly-based European and Middle East, as well as all markets that attract glasstec visitors.

“New IG edge seal sealant products from Tremco illbruck were presented, including the novel hybrid, JS-910,” Zuege says.

There were also U.S. companies exhibiting at the show for the first time, including Ergo Robotics of Queensbury, N.Y. Alan Nudi, director of sales and rentals, says that, while they chose not to bring any larger equipment this year, they were able to accomplish their goal of finding dealers to help them expand more into the European market. In fact, Nudi says he expects they will have a new partnership established by 2019, allowing for sales and rental of their handling and lifting equipment in Europe.

“Most [people we talked to] had not heard of us and now they know who we are,” says Nudi. “I’m excited to return with our equipment in 2020 … Our goal was to meet and finalize the potential for dealers in Europe and I feel confident we’ll be entering the European market.”

In addition to exhibits, glasstec also included a number of seminars and educational programs. Likewise, the special show, “Glass Technology Live,” was again a highlight. For the first time it was organized by four conceptual partners: the Technical Universities Darmstadt, Dresden, Delft and Dortmund. There was a strong focus on scientific glass research with emphasis on interactive façades and display glass, energy and performance, structural glass (solid, thin and hollow glass) as well as new technologies.

Finnglass was one of the many companies displaying in the Glass Technology Live area. The company showcased electrically heated glass with a cold wall simulator that compares with double and triple glazing. It demonstrates how electrically heated glass prevents convection and cold wall effects, hence providing a pleasant and comfortable indoor environment while also saving money and energy, according to company officials.

“You can feel with your own hands how different solutions deal with the chilling temperatures inside,” says Timo Saukko, CEO of Finnglass.

For the first time, glasstec brought together the various conferences at one location under a common umbrella brand, linking theory closer to the exhibits in the halls, while deepening the background knowledge of participants.

In addition, in the new Start-Up Zone in Hall 10, 15 young, international companies from 10 countries (Norway, Finland, India, Italy, Switzerland, Lithuania, Austria, Netherlands, Germany and Taiwan) showcased their ideas.

“In the glass industry, startups find it especially difficult to make contact with companies, although these could clearly benefit from innovative technologies,” says Daniel Valenzuela, business development manager for Actyx AG. “The Start-Up Zone allowed us to obtain valuable feedback and to take concrete steps for installations. This is exactly what the industry needs.”

The next glasstec will take place October 20 – 23, 2020, in Düsseldorf, Germany. For information on visiting or exhibiting, visit http://www.glasstec-online.com/.

Visit dwmmag.com later this week for more residential product options unveiled at glasstec.

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