GlassBuild: Strong to the End

GlassBuild America closed its doors on Friday at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and most exhibitors reported heavy interest and steady traffic at this year’s show.

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Bottero, showcasing a cutting table, was one of many companies that reported a successful show.

Stylmark Inc., a designer and manufacturer of finished fixtures and full solutions, brought a prototype of its new patch kit covers, designed to match brand-specific colors.

“We’re very pleased,” said Mark Brauer, national sales manager. “We’ve had a lot of interest, and that’s exactly what we wanted. We brought it here to gauge interest, so we’re very happy with the turn-out.”

“Attendance was fantastic,” said Thomas Bechill, sales manager for Hegla. “It was a huge success.”

Decon USA’s president Frank Metelmann added, “The first day was great. It’s always a good show for us.”

With so many products on display and machinery to see, large crowds were drawn to the show floor to experience it all.

Bottero was no exception. The company displayed its new cutting table that applies labels as it cuts, and also the Practica Plus CNC machine, which features a bigger working bed than its predecessor.

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Intermac America featured its entry-level cutting table, the Genius RS-A.

“We’ve sold quite a few of these [cutting table],” said Bud Hudgins, vice president. “The show’s been very good. The best Vegas show in ten years.”

“This is the busiest show I’ve seen in 15 years,” said John Lloyd, vice president of Matodi. The company debuted its new Quickdrill T8, but booth focal points were the Rock 14-45 and the Barbaric glass lifting devices.

The Rock 14-45 is a straight-line edger with 14 wheels for flat edge, polished arrises and wide chamfer. “We’re selling these as fast as we can get them,” said Lloyd. “It’s the Harley of glass edging machines.”

He added that the Barbaric lifting devices drew the most attention from attendees. “We’ve sold many of these at the show. People are looking at it like it’s Christmas morning.”

Intermac America showcased its entry-level cutting table, the Genius RS-A. According to Heather Plyer, marketing assistant, the machine had the most interest from visitors at its booth.

“The show’s been really well,” she said. “The last day is usually the best because the people stopping by are more serious. They had all week to compare machines, so the last day is when they come back and close deals.”

Shaun Gustafson, sales and special projects manager – North America for ClearShield, closed by adding to the sentiment, “The show was very good for us. It was very productive.”

The 2017 GlassBuild show is set to return to Atlanta next September.

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