Advances in glass technology will once again be on show at the upcoming glasstec
2014 exhibition in Düsseldorf in October this year.
To be held over four days from 21 October to 24 October, glasstec 2014
will provide a view into the future of glass, showcasing all the current trends
in glass products and applications as well as new development potential.
Considered the most significant international trade fair for the glass
industry, glasstec 2014 will provide glass processors and finishers, architects
and construction engineers along with façade planners and interested trade
visitors from associated trades with a unique insight into the current sector developments
and trends and also a far-reaching look into the future of glass.
glasstec 2014 will, in addition to the broad product and service
spectrum presented by exhibitors, feature a diverse support programme for trade
visitors from across the world. A major highlight at glasstec 2014 will again
be the ‘glass technology live’ special show (gtl) along with the supporting
To present glass technology for the coming years, glass technology live
is being organised by Prof. Stefan Behling and his team from the Institute of
Building Technology, Construction and Design (Institut für Baukonstruktion) at
Stuttgart University. Under the motto ‘Intelligent Glass’, gtl will showcase
trend-setting glass products and applications in a space of 2,500 square metres.
The main theme areas this year are: Innovations in Glass, Intelligent Building
Shells, Façade + Energy, and Glass Design.
Innovations in Glass
In addition to new glass products, the focus of the main theme ‘Innovations
in Glass’ will also extend to innovative production, processing and finishing
possibilities. Companies, universities of applied science/technical colleges
and research institutions will be presenting their current projects connected
with glass. The focal points of this themed sector include glass as a supporting
construction material, hot and cold-bent glass, laminating and adhesive
technology, joining technology along with thin and light glass applications.
The combination of new technologies and hybrid components has led to an
enormous increase in the efficiency of glass applications. Visitors to the
trade show can view an approximately 9m-long bridge made entirely of glass, resting
on pre-stressed glass supports with filigree stainless steel cables. The
walk-on bridge is part of a current research project being conducted by the
Institute of Building Technology, Construction and Design at the Technische
Universität Dresden (University of Applied Science), which involves optimising
the interfaces of the glass/stainless steel material combination and developing
a modular support system for various spanning widths.
According to Dipl.-Ing. Architect Jutta Albus from the organisation team
at Stuttgart University, the newly built headquarters of gin producer Bombay
Sapphire, part of the Bacardi Group, impressively demonstrates the current
possibilities in the area of glass bending and use of glass in the
implementation of exceptional design concepts and highly complex glass
architecture. The two highly transparent glass buildings at company
headquarters are characterised by ultra-light, folded shell structures using
minimalistic steel girders and double-bent glass panels with stabilising
function. An original segment of the façade can be closely viewed in
The Innovations in Glass segment is rounded off by exhibits and
presentations of new types of insulation glass, coatings and multi-functional
Intelligent Building Shells
The ‘Intelligent Building Shells’ theme takes a look at all the aspects
key to future-orientated, energetically efficient and sustainable building
shells in glass. The glass technology live segment shows how modern heat
insulation and solar protection glass along with switchable glazing can be
installed in building shells very efficiently and with the highest aesthetic
According to Dipl.-Ing. Architect Stefan Robanus, also a member of the
organisation team at Stuttgart University, one of the highlights of this year’s
special show is the ‘seele iconic skin’ modular structured glass façade, a
brand-new development by German company seele, a specialist in exceptional
glass façades. The external and internal façade surfaces of the seele iconic
skin appear to be completely homogenous, without any visible transoms or
pillars, lateral supports or mountings and fastenings. The double-skin
structure with integrated profiles is fitted with a patented, self-conditioning
pressure compensation system, which ensures passive ventilation through
interaction with the external climate. The new glass sandwich element façade
offers excellent heat and sound insulation and enables the integration of sun
Josef Gartner GmbH has also developed a different type of functional,
standalone façade, CCF-Façade featuring an integrated cavity between the glass
elements. The space between the inside and outside skin is completely enclosed.
In order to avoid condensation on the façade, dry, clean air is continuously
fed in, reducing the energy consumption of the façade. gtl is showing a 2.70m
by 3.50m mock-up of the CCF façade.
Façade + Energy
The theme focusses on the latest developments from the solar power and
solar heat segments. In addition to presentations on thin-layer photovoltaics
and organic photovoltaics, PV modules in large and special formats offering
maximum effectiveness will be displayed along with module design.
Building Integrated Photovoltaics will be one of main focus areas in
this segment in view of its extensive architectural possibilities and positive
effects on the energy efficiency of buildings. Application examples show how
this future-orientated technology can play its part in decisively shaping the
architecture of the future. One of the sustainable concepts to be showcased
includes the bio-reactive façade (algae façade) wherein micro-algae is grown in
the space between panes exposed to sunlight. Their by-products, biomass and
biogas are used to produce electricity.
The individual design of glass products is a key component in the glass
boom in building shells and interior design. Today, the latest silk screen
technology, digital printing and film laminates enable the realisation of glass
designs, which were perceived as impossible for a long time.
The glass technology live show will present a pane in a spectacular 3.20m
x 14.00m format finished using the ceramic digital printing process. The colour
application is much thinner than silk screen printing, while translucent
printing and colour graduations are also possible. Ceramic digital printing offers
the advantage of fast and cost-effective reproducibility of designs, making the
process attractive for individual façade design. The exhibit is being presented
by German glass finisher sedak, which can print panes up to a size of 15m by
Laser system manufacturer Cerion is showcasing glass finishing using
laser technology. Laser enables highly efficient and extremely precise glass
surfaces to be individually designed, and the concentrated light beam can be
used for engraving three-dimensional structures and motifs in the glass
gtl is presenting spectacular examples of glass design featuring
integrated light sources with possible applications for this technology extending
from illuminated glass shelves, tables and walls up to the large-format media
façade with colourful moving images. In combination with glass-integrated
fabrics or special films, the innovative light sources can also be used to
produce highly attractive 3D effects.
The glasstec 2014 show will also feature a trade symposium featuring high-ranking
speakers from leading research institutes, associations, companies and
architects’ who will be presenting on various themes. Each day of the trade
fair will be dedicated to a different key theme.
The main themes for 2014 are:
Tues: Batch, Melting and Forming (Hüttentechnische Vereinigung der dt.
Glasindustrie e.V./ Research Association of the German Glass Industry) and
Deutsche Glastechnische Gesellschaft e.V./ German Society of Glass Technology)
Wed: Production technology for the processing and refining of glass
(Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V./ German Engineering
Thurs: Transparency – State of the Art Technologies (Stuttgart
Fri: New perspectives and market opportunities for the glazier trade
(Bundesinnungsverband des Glaserhandwerks, Federal Association of German
Glazing Guilds, BIV) and Glass in Windows and Façades (Bundesverband Flachglas,
Federal Flat Glass Association).
The symposium is open to all trade fair visitors free of charge within
Broadly structured support
The supporting program at glasstec 2014 presents a whole range of
top-class features. Directly adjoining glass technology live, the Façades
Center with the Professional Center Glass + Façade is offering insights covering
all aspects of the latest developments in the area of façade technology.
In the Crafts Centre the focus is on the entire service spectrum offered
by the glass-processing crafts and trades. At glasstec 2014 this once again
includes the glass exhibition ‘glass art’ and the Autoglas Arena as well as the
new feature ‘Handwerk (Crafts) LIVE’, which invites visitors from the
glass-processing trades to participate.
The diverse support programme at glasstec 2014 is rounded off by three
top-class trade conferences:
On 21 and 22 October, a specialist conference organised by the partners
of the fair, TU (University of Applied Science) Dresden and TU Darmstadt, will
be presenting the ‘engineered transparency’ theme in all its facets and
On 22 October at the Architects’ Congress under the motto ‘Glass 5.0 -
Design, Function, Emotion’, the capability of the material will be on the
agenda. The Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe, TU Delft and the North-Rhine
Westphalian Chamber of Architects (Architektenkammer Nordrhein-Westfalen) will
be actively involved as organisation partners of Messe Düsseldorf.
On 20 and 21 October, the specialist conference ‘Solar meets Glass’ will
be focusing on the interface themes of the glass and solar industry.