Volume 41, Issue 7 - July 2006

Reviews&Previews

Record Attendance at GPD China

More than 300 people participated in the Glass Processing Days (GPD) China Conference held April 23-24, 2006, in Beijing. The special focus on energy efficiency in construction and practical case studies seemed to have raised considerable interest on the Chinese construction market, according to show organizers.

The significance of new coating technologies, as well as current and future quality developments in practical construction, were highlighted. New technologies that have special significance for designers, architects, builders and glass processors also received special attention.

The combination of practical issues and markets and trends with two parallel sessions running each day brought unique opportunities both to Chinese and international participants for updating their insights on current trends in China as well as networking with business contacts. 

The next GPD China will be held in Shanghai, May 14-15, 2007, and the 10th Glass Processing Days in Tampere, Finland will take place June 15-18, 2007. 

Global Boom in the Construction Sector Boosts Glass Demand

There are only months to go before glasstec 2006 opens its gates, and the preparations for the 19th international glass trade fair from October 24-28, 2006 at the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre are already in full swing.

In Germany, a construction upswing is finally in sight, according to a release from Messe Düsseldorf, and the demand for remodeling and energy-saving measures is enormous. In the German window segment (standing at 540 million units in total) refurbishment potential is estimated at approximately 380 million units. And, 70 percent of all window units in Germany no longer correspond to modern standards, which means the glass sector has excellent opportunities there as well. 

Already, approximately 850 exhibitors from 39 countries have registered for the event. Germany, Italy, France, Great Britain, Belgium, Spain and Switzerland stand out with the strongest representation amongst European countries while the United States and China play a major role amongst non-European participants. More than 180 first-time exhibitors are expected to attend.

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