Say glasstec 2008 Brought Successful Opportunities
After five long days, traffic during glasstec this past Saturday
was a bit slower than the previous show days, however exhibitors
said the show itself had been very successful in generating customers
and contacts. In total, 1,300 companies exhibited in more than 785,700
square feet of net exhibit space. About 55,000 visitors, a slight
increase compared to the 2006 event, attended the five-day event.
And while some companies were there offering new products, others
were looking at new markets and opportunities.
|Bohle, which recently opened U.S. operations
had a number of new products on display at glasstec.
Bohle, which has world headquarters in Germany, recently opened
a U.S. subsidiary in Charlotte, N.C., and was exhibiting with a
number of new products and enjoying serving new markets. Gary Dean,
chief operating officer for Bohle America Inc., said the transition
to the North American market has been exciting and a positive development.
"The impact [from North America] just keeps rolling,"
said Dean, who added that they have been making a lot of good contacts.
For CGI International Ltd. from the United Kingdom its focus has
been on research and development of its Pyroguard fire-rated products.
"We're working to increase the tested size of the product,"
said Steve Goodburn, sales director, "We want to offer it in
larger sizes, and once we have the test evidence it will make the
product more attractive to the market."
Goodburn added that for his company exhibiting at glasstec is about
reaching new markets.
|Ferro was busy at glasstec as the company
was promoting a number of performance coating products during
"A lot of the world's major economies are down, so we want
to find ways to reach other markets, such as the Middle East, Scandinavia
and Eastern Europe," Goodburn said.
Michael Morrissey, sales and marketing manager, glass, for Ferro
Corp. in Washington, Pa., said the show was excellent.
"Our focus here is on performance coatings, which is the direction
we see the market going," said Morrissey. Ferro launched a
new functional coating, which is a partnership with Nanofilm. The
product is designed as a protective coating for glass. The company
was also promoting its S1de ONE color enamels for architectural
glass and its LustReflex anti-reflective coatings for flat glass.
In fact, a number of exhibitors, such as SEVASA, were showing anti-reflective
glass products. Other popular products included a variety of glass
flooring and stairs.
Plans are already underway for glasstec 2010, which will take place
September 28 - October 2 in Düsseldorf.
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