Machinery may be a big focus for glasstec exhibitors, but many other market segments are well-represented throughout the nine halls of the exhibition. The trade fair is taking place this week at Messe Dusseldorf in Düsseldorf, Germany. Thousands of people from the worldwide glass industry are here, taking in all of the latest developments and innovations in architectural glass and glazing products.

The Italian company Pellini is exhibiting new innovations in blinds between the glass, including a new voice-controlled option that allows homeowners and building occupants to raise and lower their blinds.

Blinds between the glass products are well-known in the U.S. as a residential product, but there are also opportunities for the commercial segment, as well. The Italian company Pellini, which sells its products in the U.S. through Intigral, is showcasing a wide selection of developments. The company offers products that can be controlled with a push button, remote control, app and now voice control. Through this recent innovation with Amazon Echo, homeowners and building occupants can control the position of the blinds by telling the system to raise/lower the blinds.

There are also a number of companies exhibiting new hardware products. Bohle is featuring its MasterTrack system for interior sliding door applications. Versions are available for both commercial and residential applications. The company is also showcasing its FrameTec demountable system, also for interior applications. In addition, Bohle has a number of new products for the shower door market. For example, the company has partnered with Grohe, a fawcett manufacturer, to offer its bathroom hardware products in matching finishes.

Likewise, C.R. Laurence is also showcasing a number of new hardware products. Some of the newest highlights include a sliding door system with a black matte grid pattern. A fixed panel/wall option is also available, allowing designers to create a complete look. In addition, the company has a number of new shower door products, including a new Hamburg hinge, which has a square look, and the new Clear Space bi-folding door for shower enclosures.

SageGlass introduces its Harmony dynamic glass product, which provides a gradient tint.

On the glass side, several companies within Saint-Gobain are here and are spotlighting their new developments. For SageGlass, their Harmony Glass is the big new launch. The new glass provides a gradient level of tint, allowing occupants to balance the amount of daylight and reduce heat and glare.

Vetrotech, another Saint-Gobain company, is featuring its multi-functional solution range of products. These focus on providing a combination of capabilities, such as protection from both fire and blast, in one product.

glasstec 2018 continues through tomorrow. Stay tuned to for more reports and updates from the show.