The recently concluded glasstec 2014 exhibition has received excellent feedback from both exhibitors and visitors, signalling positive market trends for the glass industry.

While the exhibitors expressed their satisfaction with glasstec 2014, over 96 per cent of the 43,000-plus visitors representing mechanical engineering, glass manufacturing, processing and finishing, crafts, architecture/construction as well as glazing/façades and the solar sector gave the world’s most important trade fair in the glass sector a positive overall rating.

The visitors also rated their visit in terms of achieving their goals at the trade fair just as high. About 40% came to the event with specific intention to invest, which is likely to create positive impulses for the exhibitors in the coming months. Over three quarters of attendees represented middle and top management positions while the proportion of visitors coming to Düsseldorf from overseas reached about 60 per cent.

Martin Gutmann, President of glasstec 2014 and Federal Guilds Master expressed his delight at the positive feedback from all stakeholders, especially in the field of mechanical engineering and the glass industry.

Speaking on behalf of the organisers, Hans Werner Reinhard, Managing Director at Messe Düsseldorf underlined the importance of customer satisfaction as the basis for positive and sustainable growth of the event for the benefit of all involved.

The comprehensive supporting programme at glasstec 2014 was received very well by visitors, particularly, the ‘glass technology live’ (gtl) show organised by Prof Stefan Behling and his team from the Institute of Building Construction at Stuttgart University. Featuring the theme of ‘Intelligent Glass’, the show displayed glass products from the near future including display glass/technical glass applications, glass printing/coating as well as thin glass.

Some of the highlights of the gtl show included a 3.20m x 14m pane of glass finished using a ceramic digital printing process; display glass used in alternative areas of application; ultra-thin glass for electronic applications; and numerous facade mock-ups featuring extraordinary geometries, fascinating optical effects or outstanding insulation properties.

glasstec 2014’s line-up of three conferences, ‘Solar meets Glass’, ‘Engineered Transparency’ and ‘Architecture Congress’ was a major draw among all the delegates. The Solar meets Glass conference began the day before the start of the trade fair with experts from the solar and glass sectors meeting to discuss their interconnected topics over two days. The Engineered Transparency conference was held on the first and second day of the glass exhibition to shed light on the latest developments in the field of structural glass engineering, and attracted over 200 participants from 23 countries. The Architecture Congress successfully closed the conference line-up with some 280 participants.

The next glasstec will be held in Düsseldorf in line with its two-year cycle from 20 to 23 September 2016.