Volume 41, Issue 9 - September 2006

Reviews&Previews
glasstec 2006 Program to Feature “Glass Technology Live”

In addition to the thousands of products that will be displayed at glasstec 2006, the special show “glass technology live” will also present new perspectives for the glass industry. glasstec 2006 will take place from October 24 - 28, 2006, at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany. 

The organizer of “glass technology live,” Professor Stefan Behling, senior architect at Fosters & Partners in London, and his team from Stuttgart University will present the latest products, technologies, trends and designs. The main topics of the special exhibition will include “Tomorrow’s Materials,” “Future Insulating Glasses,” “Façade Technology,” “Bionics” and “Adaptive Systems.” 

The accompanying “glass technology live” symposium will, for the first time, feature presentations from Germany’s largest Chamber of Architects (AKNW) and the Fraunhofer-Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE). 

In addition, the North-Rhine Westphalian Chamber of Architects and the Technical University of Delft will organize the first international architects’ congress, “Reflection - Glass in Architecture.” The congress will take place in the Congress Center East on October 27 from 9:45 am - 1:30 pm. 

GPD 2007 Issues Call for Papers 
The tenth Glass Processing Days (GPD) conference is scheduled for June 15-18, 2007 in Tampere, Finland, and organizers have issued an open call for papers. The deadline to submit abstracts is October 10, 2006.

“A quarter of those who participate also make presentations at the event,” said Jorma Vitkala, chairperson of the GPD organizing committee. “Participants gain a host of information that might otherwise take years to amass, and at the same time they also send their own signals to influence the thinking of professional colleagues.” GPD 2007 will focus on what new glass products and state-of-the-art coatings can provide for the advancement of the Kyoto agreement on sustainable development.

PGC Announces Powerful Line-Up for Fall Symposium
The Protective Glazing Council (PGC) has announced its speakers for the upcoming PGC Fall Symposium, to be held in Washington, D.C., at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on October 17-18, 2006.

Buck Revell, former associate deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), will serve as keynote speaker. Revell served 30 years as a special agent and senior executive of the FBI from 1964-1994. From 1980 until 1991 he worked at FBI Headquarters, first, as assistant director and then as associate deputy director. In September 1987, Revell was placed in charge of a joint FBI/CIA/U.S. military operation, which led to the first apprehension overseas of an international terrorist. In May 1992, he was placed in command of joint Federal law enforcement efforts to suppress the riots and civil disorder in Los Angeles. He also coordinated the law enforcement activities of the assigned military forces and received the Attorney General’s Special Commendation Award. He was in charge of the Dallas Division of the FBI at the time of his retirement in September 1994 and retired as associate deputy director.

Other speakers include:

  • Major General Charles E. Williams, director of the department of State Bureau of Overseas Building Operations (OBO);
  • Dean C. Alexander, author of Terrorism and Business: The Impact of September 11, 2001; 
  • Doug Hall, assistant director of security for the Smithsonian Institution; 
  • Jaime Gascon of the Miami Dade County Building Code Compliance Department;
  • Dan Kelley, senior project manager for Applied Research Associates Inc.; 
  • Bill Koffel, fire code expert and code consultant for the Glazing Industry Code Committee;
  • John Abruzzo of Thornton Tomasetti; 
  • Bob Ford of Solutia Inc.; and 
  • Wade Belcher of the U.S. General Services Administration.

Americas’ Glass Showcase Announced
The Americas Glass Association (AGA), in cooperation with the Independent Glass Association (IGA) and USGlass magazine, have announced a strategic partnership and development of a new show called the Americas’ Glass Showcase.

Designed for architectural and auto glass retailers of all types, the event will bring together three groups to hold their own conferences and develop one super-sized exposition. Both the AGA and the IGA will co-locate their exhibitions next year, joining together to create Americas’ Glass Showcase, which will feature an auto glass area and an architectural area. 

USGlass magazine will serve as exclusive sales agent for the show, which will be held in Las Vegas at the Cashman Center May 18-19, 2007, and then will begin to move around the country in late February-early March in subsequent years. 

“It’s a great idea,” said AGA president Donn Harter. “Americas Glass Association serves retailers, and many retailers provide both architectural and automotive glass services. The California Glass Association and its successor, AGA, have concentrated their efforts on architectural glass retailers. Bringing both shows together gives those who do both, or those AGA members involved in auto glass, a greater opportunity to learn.” 

“Registrants may sign up to attend the AGA Conference, the IGA Conference or both,” said Debra Levy, publisher of USGlass.
All registrations will include admission to the Americas’ Glass Showcase. 

“We are happy to be part of this,” said Levy, “it’s going to be a great educational resource and a wonderful marketplace. It’s a great deal for attendees, and a great deal for exhibitors who get access to registrants from multiple events for one booth fee.” 

For information about exhibiting email Tina Czar at tczar@glass.com.

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