While almost all in-person events were canceled in 2020, people are once again starting to gather in person. From May 6-9, the China Glass Exhibition took place at the Shanghai New International Expo Center, though it attracted a smaller crowd compared to past years. The show typically takes place in Beijing in odd-numbered years and Shanghai during even-numbered years. Still, the global pandemic caused the cancelation of the 2020 event, making Shanghai the designated location.

Despite fewer visitors, the show was an opportunity for those in the Chinese glass industry to communicate directly and not via a computer screen. Some companies from countries outside China also took advantage of the event.

North Glass kept busy during China Glass talking to many attendees throughout the event. Photo credit: North Glass

“Each year, GIMAV, in partnership with ITA (Italian Trade Agency), offers participation to its member companies,” says GIMAV director Fabrizio Cattaneo. “The participation of Italian companies, a high-quality presence, sends a powerful message to the international community, asserting the significance of the industry’s ‘Made in Italy’ products. Despite a lacklustre year due to the Covid crisis, the Asian market remains one of the strategic business partners for Italy’s glass industry … In 2020, it was still the export destination for glass technologies to the tune of almost 60 million euro. Participating in an event like China Glass, one-on-one with existing and potential clients, is a valuable opportunity to strengthen existing relationships and build new ones with local businesses.”

Several companies in the Asian glass market observed and physically interacted with attendees, the vast majority of which were Chinese, showcasing advancements in the industry, new products and equipment.

Glass industry reconvening at China Glass Expo 2021  Photo credits: Quanex

Xinglass (Hangzhou Glass Technology) was one of the companies that participated in the exhibition, where it displayed its new tempering furnace

“The exhibition ended successfully, and we have gained a lot. We look forward to meeting more people with lofty ideals in the glass industry in the coming year,” says general manager Wang Rong.

Quanex was also at the show and showcased its Super Spacer system. The foam-based system is designed to act as an energy-efficient warm edge spacer in insulating glass. The companies’ Chinese ambassador Linkeast and founder and CEO Daniel Zhang and his team were on hand at the show.

“Being at that exhibition was truly inspiring and motivating for our troops at Linkeast as they not only were able to interact and communicate about the Super Spacer, but they were also able to attract visitors with their professionalism, expertise, and it is for these moments that exhibitions make the difference. It impacts the clients, but it also motivates the troops to continue their efforts as they see that they are having a massive impact on their respective markets,” says Zhang.

Salem Fabrication Technologies Group (Salem FTG), based in Winston-Salem, N.C., had tempering furnace partners, North Glass, represented at China Glass.

Ann Greco, strategic marketing director at Salem FTG, said that NorthGlass attended and had a particularly busy show.