GIMAV member companies plan to exhibit at China Glass 2018 in Shanghai, April 19-22.

The companies will represent Italy’s glass processing machinery at the Shanghai New International Expo Center.

“At a trade expo with more than 80,000 square meters of exhibit area, the ‘Italy Pavilion’ will, once again, be a show-stopper. As is traditional, many of our members will display perfectly operational machines and systems. An entirely respectable calling card for an Italian contingent whose approval ratings continue to rise in markets around the globe, and also in Asia,” says Laura Biason, director of GIMAV, which represents Italy’s suppliers of machinery, plants and systems, accessories and special products for processing flat and hollow glass.

A large Italian delegation, under the aegis of GIMAV, in partnership with the Italian Trade Agency, will participate in the show, which aims to draw more than 40,000 glass industry professionals. The 27 member companies will occupy 1,200 square meters of exhibit space. “China is an unquestionably appealing market for us. And China Glass, with its editions alternating between Shanghai (in even years) and Beijing, is a not-to-be-missed event for strengthening relations and business throughout Asia,” says Biason.

Based on the latest figures from the GIMAV Study Center, exports continue their upward trend. Altogether, the Asian markets account for a nearly 22-percent share that, for flat glass, equals just over 15 percent and, for hollow glass, translates to 25.6 percent. China is the third customer country for Italy’s glass industry manufacturers, after the United States and Mexico.

The export figures to China for both macro-areas of flat glass processing have risen up the ranks from 46th in 2015 to fourth today, with the trend continuing upward.