The Board of the Finnish Flat Glass Association, Suomen Tasolasiyhdistys ry, has unanimously voted Jorma Vitkala as Glass Builder of the Year 2013, for his achievements as the initiator and organizer of Glass Performance Days (GPD).

Among Vitkala’s achievements, he has promoted cooperation and information exchange within the glass industry, both in Finland and internationally, while establishing Finland within the industry and as a conference location, according to a release.

“Without a doubt, Jorma is the most international and best-known Finnish glass expert and his networks are peerless,” says Tahvo Sutela, founding member of the Flat Glass Association’s board and the GPD organization committee.

This year’s GPD will be held in Tampere, Finland, June 13-15. The conference will include 170 presentations and feature more than 20 workshops. The workshops will focus on specific glass processes, structural silicone glazing and the structural performance of laminated glass

The complete schedule for GPD 2013 is available at

The Glass Builder of the Year 2013 Award was presented to Vitkala at the Flat Glass Association’s annual meeting on April 27.