America Concludes with Low Attendance and Leery Exhibitors
took place last week (March 10-12) in San Diego, co-sponsored by
the National Glass Association, Glass Association of North America,
American Architectural Manufacturers Association, the Insulating
Glass Manufacturers Alliance and the Bath Enclosure Manufacturers
Association. The event included a three-day trade show as well as
a number of seminars and demonstrations.
While the show
floor was heavy with exhibitors, it was light with attendee traffic.
A number of companies complained about the lack of attendance.
no one here at this show," said one exhibitor who preferred
to be unidentified.
horrible," he added.
slow," was another common comment.
Though the show
didn't render a high turnout, exhibitors did find quality in attendance.
Specifically speaking, those companies showing decorative glass
products seemed to get very good responses.
excellent," said Jaime Flatekval with Joel Berman Glass Studios
Ltd. "We've been able to really learn what glaziers are looking
for. This show has given us the opportunity to talk to customers
and learn their business."
BJ Katz with
Meltdown Glass also said the show was positive.
amazing. There's been tremendous interest from both glaziers and
builders," she said.
the segment of exhibitors that will be most affected by the show's
slow turnout was the machinery manufacturers. Some machinery manufacturers
spent many thousands of dollars to exhibit, only to find minimal
managing director of Bayer Technologies of Germany, exhibited at
the show for the first time.
calm," he said.
Bayer, despite the low turnout, the show was still profitable, as
the company sold two bending machines.
have been quite a few interested customers," Bayer said. "Some
[of the people we spoke to] were already bending with other companies'
machines and now they are thinking of changing to ours because they've
been able to see it here."
to 2005, GlassBuild America is scheduled to take place in Atlanta
A complete re-cap
of GlassBuild America 2004 will be featured in the April issue of