Volume 42, Issue 4 - April 2007
Offering Education, Entertainment and Networking, Who Would Want to Miss It?
by Ellen Giard
What can you find this June in Finland? Lots. Sure, there’s breathtaking scenery and twenty-four hours of sunlight, but also, from June 15-18, you’ll find stellar education and networking opportunities, all catered specifically to the glass industry. That’s right, Glass Processing Days (GPD), the bi-annual event organized by Tamglass and Z. Bavelloni, will take place for the tenth time this June in Tampere, Finland. The event focuses on all aspects of the glass industry, offering three program tracks: architectural glass, automotive glass and glass processing.
Two years ago, 860 professionals participated in GPD, and this year’s attendance is again expected to be strong. But for GPD organizers, the event is more about attracting the right people and not just a lot of people—that’s quality, not quantity. GPD caters to the experts and decision makers who contribute to developments in new materials, processing methods and applications for their organizations and industry.
From contract glaziers to architects; glass fabricators and manufacturers to machinery and equipment suppliers; and even university representatives, consultants, researchers and many others, GPD offers something for everyone.
“This exceptional participation gives us a historical opportunity to bring together the views of four of the leading companies in the global glass industry at the same conference, at the same time and before the same audience,” says Jorma Vitkala, chairperson of the GPD organizing committee. “The speakers represent the broadest possible view of the glass industry today and their range of expertise stretches from overall industry development to specific markets to the application of advanced products for different application areas. They represent major, globally operating companies that strongly affect the future of the industry.”
In addition to presentations from these industry leaders, Esko Aho, who served as the prime minister of Finland from 1991-1995, will provide the keynote address. Aho currently serves as the president of the Finnish National Fund for Research and Development and will discuss his views on the Finnish and European competitiveness.
“There are many things that high-performance glazing and structures can offer to facade designers, builders and architects for the purpose of reaching energy-saving objectives,” says Vitkala. “It is largely a matter of controlling energy flows in and out of buildings that consume almost half of the world’s energy consumption today, the other half being allocated to traffic and industry.”
The conference will offer opportunities to meet and interact with the developers and designers of advanced glass products, as well as with the decision makers who use and install such products. Factory visits and hands-on process presentations will also be offered.
Several organized social events will take place over the course of the conference. The first is the opening social event, which will take place the evening of June 15. This cocktail reception will include an exposition where visitors can mingle with nearly 30 exhibitors. The official GPD Conference dinner takes place the next evening, and the last night hosts the famous GPD farewell party, which will take place outdoors in a special to-be-announced setting. GPD organizers promise the farewell party to be an unforgettable experience.
Ready to Go?
The GPD organizing committee has also made hotel reservations in all major hotels in Tampere and will arrange accommodations for you according to your preferences. More information will be provided when you register. A complete outline and more information about GPD is available online at www.gpd.fi.
Traveling to Tampere
Tampere has its own international airport and direct flights are available from a number of European cities, including London, Liverpool, Stockholm and Copenhagen. In addition, all major airlines fly into Helsinki from where there are frequent connections to Tampere by plane, bus and train.Many U.S. visitors have found it easiest to fly into Helsinki and stay there a day or two and then take the train for a two-hour ride north to Tampere.
the author: Ellen Giard is the editor of USGlass Magazine.