The world’s biggest get-together of all protagonists in the glass industry will once again be held in Düsseldorf from 20 to 23 October 2020. At the 26th glasstec - International Trade Fair for Glass Production, Processing and Products – again over 40,000 visitors are expected to come from some 120 countries and in excess of 1,200 exhibitors from over 50 nations. The development of this the world’s No. 1 trade fair for glass reflects the positive global trend in the glass sector. The latest figures from the European and the German market serve as an example for the positive development in industry.
According to preliminary data furnished by the European Glass Alliance, total sales of this industry stood at EUR 13.3 billion in Europe (+3.9% against 2017) in 2018. Imports into the European Union reached EUR 6.4 billion (2017: +5.8%) and exports totalled EUR 6.9 billion (2017: +2%).
The German glass industry also concluded the 2018 financial year with a positive balance over all. According to figures from the Federal Statistical Office and the Federal Association of the Glass Industry (Bundesverband Glasindustrie e.V.), sales totalled EUR 10.1 billion and were up 4.0% on the previous year. The headcount in the glass industry rose by 4.7 % to a total of 56,288 employees. Total glass output rose by 2.4% to 7.6 million tons. Sales abroad saw a particularly marked rise increasing by 10.2 % and a total of EUR 4.5 billion.
Exhibitor Registration Now Open
As of now companies from the areas of mechanical engineering, industry and skilled crafts can register for glasstec 2020 online.
Exhibitors can register for glasstec using the direct link www.glasstec-online.com/2330. Companies that already participated in 2018 can use already pre-completed and editable forms. The allocation of stand space will start after the registration deadline on 1 December 2019.
Innovations, Trends and First-Class Side Events
glasstec is the marketplace, trendsetter and innovation and information platform for the entire glass industry. In addition to the wide ranges showcased by exhibitors on the themes of glass production/production engineering, glass finishing and processing as well as numerous glass products and applications, glasstec 2020 will again boast a unique and extensive line-up of side events from practice and science.
The Hub: Special Show glass technology live
2018 saw the special show glass technology live create new impulses thanks to a university network spanning the four technical universities in Darmstadt, Delft, Dortmund and Dresden. The special show demonstrates the industry’s innovative power and will also make visitors marvel and trigger debate at glasstec 2020. For a review of the most exciting and innovative exhibits at glass technology live 2018 go to: www.glasstec-online.com/retrospective
Think Tank: the glasstec Conference
The special show is complemented by the glasstec conference. This umbrella brand pools theoretical and practical topics, offering cross-industry conferences on themes of relevance today and in future. Every day, visitors to glasstec 2020 can find out about current developments and trends in the sessions on Glass Production, Processing Technology and Products. Forming an integral part of this programme of side events are the technology conference “function meets glass”, the scientific conference “engineered transparency” and the international Architectural Congress
Crafts Center and glasstec challenge
At the Crafts Center, companies present the latest glass products, tools as well as assembly and lifting aids for the glass processing skilled crafts assembly. At the “glasstec challenge” young glaziers from all over Germany will be competing for the second time now. At the “glass art” exhibition, world-famous artists will be exhibiting their objects and interpretations with glass.
The START-UP ZONE: the Contact Platform for Young Entrepreneurs
Also enjoying an extremely positive response was the new START-UP ZONE. 15 young, international enterprises capitalised on the debut event to make contacts, network and meet decision-makers. This format is therefore guaranteed to be continued at glasstec 2020. Read more about participation at: www.glasstec.de/start-up