For many exhibitors and visitors of GlassBuild America in Las Vegas, this year’s trade show was a return to normalcy. Foot traffic was up, and deals and connections were made throughout the three-day event that packed the sizeable Las Vegas Convention Center.
As ICD High Performance Coatings + Chemistries’ owner and CEO Kris Vockler put it, the show felt like one of the most attended and busiest in years.
“It had a bit of a glasstec feel where people are stacked up to talk to you,” she says. “It was really good.”
To recap GlassBuild, we have combined our coverage for the week into one article. The coverage is broken into dates to find easily. Enjoy.
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022
WATCH: Back in Vegas: Glass Industry Returns for GlassBuild America
- The glass industry returned to Las Vegas for GlassBuild America. Find out more about what the show had to offer.
READ: GlassBuild America Ushers in Networking and the Latest Industry Products
- Daniel Meuchel, a design engineer at Wood’s Powr-Grip Co., was excited to get the event started. As an engineer, Meuchel attends these events to learn the customer’s needs and find out perceptions of Wood’s Powr-Grip’s equipment. Meuchel adds that Wood’s Powr-Grip is also here to support its distributors.
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022
WATCH: Trend Talk at Las Vegas
- From high-performance facades and materials to improving operational efficiencies, exhibitors at GlassBuild America focused on these topics and much more. We talked to some companies to learn more about their newest developments.
READ: GlassBuild America: Current Economic Concerns Not Severely Impacting Some Companies
- When it comes to the production of glass carriers, F. Barkow president John Weise says that the ongoing material shortages have little effect on his ability to get aluminum. Weise says that aluminum prices have started to moderate some. Stainless steel, however, is not easy to obtain. “Some of our customers still want it,” says Weise. “We will tell them upfront that you’re not going to like the price. Don’t shoot the messenger.”
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022
WATCH: GlassBuild Products and Developments
- Glass industry companies continue to advance their products to not only improve production and operation efficiencies but to also offer increasingly better performance. We talked with exhibitors to learn more.
READ: GlassBuild America: Transitions and Firsts Highlight Annual Trade Show
- For many exhibitors, GlassBuild was the perfect time to show new products. M3 Glass Technologies took the opportunity to showcase its new backpainted glass and printed products. Erika Kelley, a product line manager at M3, says the company aimed to offer more custom decorative interior glasswork. “Right now, M3 is making a transition into decorative backpainted glass,” she says. “One of the things that we are focusing on now is our backpainted glass and printing. We want to be able to do a lot more custom decorative interior glasswork.”
Friday, Oct. 21, 2022
WATCH: Products and Celebrations from GBA ’22
- We took one more look at some of what GlassBuild America 2022 had to offer, from one company’s special anniversary to new products and equipment that can help companies operate more efficiently.
READ: GlassBuild America: Global Reach and New Blood
- Xinglass America, a manufacturer of glass processing machines and equipment, headquartered in China but with facilities throughout the globe, enjoyed a productive week. Frank Zhu, a director at Xinglass America, says that he was pleased to find that a lot of people were interested in the company’s glass tempering furnaces.