Volume 44, Issue 3 - March 2009

Feature

The Shanghai Scene
20th China Glass to be Held in Shanghai

The 20th China International Glass Industrial Technical Exhibition—better known as China Glass 2009—will be back in Shanghai at the New International Expo Centre there, May 13-16. Since 1986, the annual event organized by the Chinese Ceramic Society and co-organized this year by the Shanghai Ceramic Society, has hosted international audiences as a platform for trade talks and technical exchanges. Each year the show draws an increasingly international crowd.

The 2008 event, held in Beijing (the event alternates between the two cities), hosted 738 exhibitors, including 248 foreign companies that arrived from 21 countries. More than 30,000 attendees—from 89 countries—flocked to the hall. The show organizers are quick to point out that more than 80 percent of the visitors last year were managerial level or above. This year’s trade show is expected to welcome similar numbers. 

Glass on Parade
What’s there to see at China Glass? A little of everything will be on display, organizers report. Attendees can expect to see architectural glass, decorative glass, doors, windows and hardware, as well as those products from the automotive, industrial, container and specialty glass industries. Moreover, exhibitors will be bringing the machinery and equipment for producing these products from furnaces and lehrs to cutting and grinding to handling and inspection. 

China Glass 2008 in Beijing covered an area of approximately 570,000 square feet and, according to show organizers, the 2009 event is slated to occupy more than 592,000 square feet over four halls, as well as a large exhibiting tent just outside the hall. A North American pavilion will host exhibitors such as machinery suppliers Glasstech Inc. and Glassline Corp., glass supplier PPG and others. 

The event also will host presentations from industry experts. Last year, the Chinese Ceramic Society and its counterparts organized a special forum on energy saving and emission reducing of glass furnaces. 

North American Exhibitors 
As of January 30, 2009
Advanced Energy Industries Inc. in Fort Collins, Colo. 
Applied Materials in Fairfield, Calif.Glassline Corp. in Perrysburg, OhioGlasstech Inc. in Perrysburg, OhioMixer Systems Inc. in Pewaukee, Wis.Strutz International Inc. in Mars, Pa.Toledo Engineering Co. Inc. (TECO) in Toledo, Ohio

When in Shanghai
Much as you may want to, we’re sure you won’t spend your entire trip to Shanghai on the China Glass trade show floor (show hours only last so long, after all). That’s why we have a few suggestions for how to make the most of your trip to what is described as China’s most “cosmopolitan” city. 
• Stroll along the Bund (also known as Zhongshan Road), Shanghai’s most famous landmark. This path along the Huangpu River will take you past a number of the city’s architectural highlights; 
• Visit the observation deck on the 88th floor of the Jin Mao Tower, the tallest building in Shanghai, for views of the sprawling city;
• Check out the bargains along Nanjing Road, one of the most popular shopping streets in a city known as a “shopper’s paradise;” or 
• Get out of the congested shopping hubs by taking a walking tour of the scenic and historic French Concession district. As far as getting around town, five subway lines operate around the city. According to About.com, stations and exits are labeled in English and Chinese. If opting to travel by taxi, be sure to have your hotel or destination card with the address in Chinese with you.

More Information 
For more information on the show, visit the Chinese Ceramic Society at www.ceramsoc.com, or contact Dame Associates Inc. at dame@dameassoc.com. Show organizers report that the website will offer attendees direct access to updated event information, as well as useful information such as visa applications. 

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