Volume 41, Issue 3 March 2006
Your Guide to Getting Around China Glass 2006
by Brigid O'Leary
So you’re going to China. What can you expect? China may be a different country, but at China Glass 2006, there will be plenty of familiar names, faces and-most importantly-industry related hardware and machinery that will be familiar.
Chinese for Travelers
You can go to a city such as Beijing and have little problem getting around, even if you don't speak the language, but if you want to have a few words under your belt, here are some basic words to get you going.
|Hello/How are you?||Nin How|
|My Name is...||W Gee-yow|
|Thank You||Shiyeh shiyeh Nin|
China Glass 2006 will be held April 25-28, 2006 at the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing. The event rotates locations, alternating between Beijing and Shanghai.
Last year’s show hosted more than 600 exhibitors, one third of which were from countries other than China; 35,000 people attended the event, including more than 2,000 visitors from other countries. This year looks set to surpass even those numbers; according to the hosting organization, the Chinese Ceramic Society, roughly 80-percent of exhibitors at the 2005 event signed up for space in this year’s show before the last show even closed.
China Glass 2006 covers many different aspects of the glass industry, from glass products to fenestration and hardware fittings, automotive and industrial glass. Instruments, equipment and computer automatic control systems for glass production will also be on display, including batch weighing and mixing systems and other related technology. Additionally, companies offering equipment and computer automatic control systems for glass processing will have booths at the show. The wares offered by these such companies have included various pre-processing machines for flat/bending glass (including cutting, grinding, beveling, polishing, drilling, engraving, washing/drying and auxiliary facilities and related tools), tempering, laminating, decorating, coating, insulating, mirror-making and sand-blasting machines.
More specifically, some of those companies that will be on the show floor in 2006 include:
Applied Functions at Applied Films: Applied Films is a provider of thin film deposition equipment and services. The company supplies the flat panel display and the solar glass industries and works on developing and implementing innovative coating solutions for similar markets.
By Golly, Bystronic Will Be There: Bystronic is a supplier of solutions for the economical, application-engineered manufacturing of architectural and automotive glass. The company has built a brand that it says stands for lasting customer benefit, reliability and the best products on the market and will bring an overview of its product range to the show.
Stoppin’ By to See Siemens: Siemens Glass will return to China Glass this year with a presentation of its business solutions, which the company says are based on Siemens products and systems that use “state-of-the-art technology to operate glass plants at maximum efficiency.”
Hot Stuff at Vesuvius: Vesuvius Glass Division supplies a complete range of refractories for the glass industry and has developed a complete range of crucibles for the Photovoltaic industry. The company returns to China Glass in 2006.
And with well more than 400 exhibitors, the Chinese Ceramic Society has set up an area specifically for American companies, the U.S. Pavilion, which will be home to more than 20 companies itself.
Solutions with Solutia and CPFilms: CPFilms Inc., a subsidiary of Solutia Inc., is a manufacturer of solar control and safety window film for both automotive and building applications and is scheduled to have a booth in the U.S. Pavilion.
CPFilms film and technologies include optical window films, colored films, release liner films, electrically conductive films, vacuum metallized and sputtered films and coated and laminated films.
Not a Total Eclipse: Eclipse Corp. of Rockford, Ill., is a provider of multi-fuel, high-performance emission burners, furnaces and other heating/burning elements for different industries and will join the crowd at the U.S. Pavilion.
Cut on the Glassline: Be prepared for a sharp change of scenery from the heating and filming aspects of glass when you visit Glassline Corp. of Perrysburg, Ohio. The company offers cutting, breaking, edge grinding and drilling equipment, as well as diamond core drills and diamond grinding wheels.
Temper it Glasstech Style: Bending and tempering equipment will be represented in the U.S. Pavilion by Glasstech Inc., also of Perrysburg, Ohio.
Stalwart Stewart Engineers: Also in the U.S. Pavilion will be Stewart Engineers from Flat Rock, Mich. The company supplies float (tin) bath furnaces and has designed furnaces that produce 125 to 1000 tons per day with thickness varying from 0.55 mm to 19 mm.
China Glass also offers learning opportunities. In 2005, 15 seminars were offered, covering topics from the pyrolytic coating product range and fire-resistant glass to the development of architectural glass and energy-saving housing. Educational seminars will be available again in 2006, but at press time the final seminar schedule was not available.
In truth, whether you attend an educational seminar or not is irrelevant. Isn’t attending China Glass-or any trade show-a learning experience in itself?
It’s quite a number of miles between Finland and China, so if you haven’t made it to the original Glass Processing Days (GPD) conference in Tampere, Finland, but do plan to attend China Glass, you have the opportunity to participate in a GPD spin-off, GPD China.
GPD China is being held in conjunction with China Glass once again, this year taking place in the days immediately prior to the China Glass show, 23-24 April 2006. GPD China will take place at the Landmark Hotel Beijing.
Similar to the original GPD show in set-up, GPD China offers the same kind of educational opportunities on a smaller scale. The event offers two sessions: one that focuses on practical industry knowledge “targeting glass experts and personnel involved in e.g. production, construction, etc.” and one marketing session “targeting top management plus other decision makers in the glass industry.”
The seminar will focus on the use of high quality safety glass in buildings to improve energy management, safety & security.
Cost to attend GPD China is 1500 RMB for Chinese citizens and 250 EUR for other participants. Registration began in February .
For more information on GPD China, visit www.gpd.fi
Brigid O’Leary is
an assistant editor
of USGlass magazine.
No Slow Boats for Today’s China
Advice for First-Timers Who’ll be Attending China Glass 2006
by Charles Cumpston
When you think about exotic cities, what better fits the description than Beijing—the Great Wall of China (which, incorrectly, has been cited as the only man-made thing on earth that can be seen from space), the Forbidden City, and, hey, what about eating one from column A and one from column B?
As intriguing as this tourist agenda is, much of the focus for today’s China is business. Put bluntly, China is hot-business-wise, it rocks.
All this is incentive enough to visit China Glass. And for those who decide to do so and will be going to China or China Glass for the first time, here’s a who, what, when, where and how for visiting Beijing and the show.
While at the Show
Be prepared. This is a young market in transition with high growth potential. Attendees at the show, particularly from China, are eager to learn and very interested in the industry and what’s available. The show itself has many similarities to glasstec and Vitrum, the industry’s other international (Germany and Italy, respectively) exhibitions.
There is lots of machinery to be seen, and there is a U.S. pavilion. The leading suppliers from countries all over the world have booths at the show, but the majority of the space on the display floor belongs to Chinese exhibitors (some agents representing foreign companies). China Glass includes all segments of the glass industry, including primary manufacturing and art glass.
Vesuvius is one of the international companies that exhibited at China Glass 2005. They plan to return this year.
In Your Free Time
In this most exotic of cities, but still a bustling national capitol, see the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace, homes to the Chinese emperors and their courts. This is living on a grand scale, as befitted the ruler of what citizens thought was the center of the civilized world. The Forbidden City is, indeed, a city, much like a fort would be a town in the old west. Take a stroll through Tiananmen Square, which gives scale a whole new meaning. This public square, which used to be the site of military parades, is huge, as you’ll find out when you start walking around it. Yet, somehow it manages to retain a human, if not quite intimate, dimension.
Have a little more time? Take a day trip out to the Great Wall. You can rent a car or take an organized tour on a bus. Once you are there, a funicular will whisk you up to the drop off point for one of the most spectacular walks you’ll ever take. A fortification meant to keep the invading hordes out, the wall is an incredible engineering achievement, and you may even want to make a cell phone call, just like they do in the commercial.
And don’t be afraid to experience the incredible range of food available. Yes, Chinese food three times a day, day in and day out can wary a Western appetite, but being adventuresome will pay dividends with an array of mouthwatering delights that won’t necessarily leave you hungry in two hours. And you’ll have plenty of choices other than Chinese. Like all big, world cities there is plenty of western food available, Italian, French, whatever you’re in the mood for.
So, all first-timers: Relax and prepare to have Glass China be like any other international show. You’ll work hard all day at the show, be amazed at its size and the range of exhibitors. At night, you can relax, go out and have a nice meal and congratulate yourself on experiencing the fastest growing economy in the world today.
Charles Cumpston is a
for USGlass magazine.
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