Ciao from glasstec
September 29, 2010

While the largest number of exhibitors at glasstec come from host country Germany, the second largest contingent is from neighboring Italy. The GIMAV-organized pavilion, which fills at least one of the gigantic halls at the Düsseldorf Messe, showcases the latest in Italian glass processing machinery and equipment.

Renata Gaffo, GIMAV manager, points out that while 2009 was a difficult year for everybody, “most of our member companies are family owned and can be flexible to the market, so no companies closed despite the market conditions.” They continued to go to shows around the world and visit customers, she adds. “There is a confidence that the worst period is over and now they can grow. The question is how fast. Now the market is up one month and down the next. We are hoping that next year the market will be more stable.”

Gaffo says GIMAV members see China as an opportunity. “Not the low-end equipment, of course, because of costs and travel expenses of importing, but perhaps through joint ventures and other avenues. It is a good market for the future because of the projected growth of the Chinese economy,” she explains. “We also see opportunity in India, although its economy is not as good as China’s. We are open to opportunities in all parts of the world.”

And glasstec offers the opportunity to come in contact with people from all parts of the globe.

Dan De Gorter, the Monroe, N.C., agent representing Italian supplier Schiatti Angelo in the United States, reports that he has been seeing people from the United States at glasstec and, “they have come for the purpose of buying,” he says. “The question is when. Some are big projects and might require more research,” he explains. He also points out that Schiatti was showing a new CNC vertical drilling milling unit at the show.

Also new at the show and in the GIMAV pavilion was Neptun, a new venture by Stefano Bavelloni headquartered in Turate.

Annemieke Van Orshoven, sales and marketing for the company, explains that after Bavelloni left Glaston, he did not want to leave the glass industry and an Italian company that had good products, glass washing machines, was hurting from bad management. In 2008 he bought the company.

“At first, we concentrated on that product line, but then Stefano wanted to expand [it],” she explains. “So here we are promoting our IG production line, the first of which will be delivered to a customer in December, and two vertical CNC machines. This is the first time we have shown anything other than the washing machines and it is a big step for the company.”

Neptun was also promoting a digital printer in its booth, which utilizes UV inks. “We are working on developing our own ceramic inks,” Orshoven says, “and should be ready within a year.”

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