Equipment Season Continues at glasstec

GlassBuild America has come and gone, yet it remains equipment season with plenty left to see. Even as 2019 capex numbers are starting to be prepared, we are at a time when many are looking to make that final purchase to close their year. With glasstec 2018 opening today in Düsseldorf, Germany, there is one more opportunity to see everyone in a single location and address that last purchase. It is also the perfect place to start planning for 2019 and well beyond. 

If you’ve never been to this biennial show, I highly recommend putting it on your glass bucket list, because it is truly a must-see event. Anything and everything in the glass industry will be on display, from smaller art glass products to the most recent technological innovations. In addition, most equipment suppliers are in full force often displaying much more than they do in the States. Finally, there is no better place to be educated on glass. Europe tends to be a few years ahead of the domestic market. A trip to most European countries, if you’ve not experienced, will shed light on how they use glass in different and more inclusive ways. 

There are two things I’m personally looking forward to seeing this year:

  1. One, Diamond-Fusion’s horizontal coating system, the Fusewave, which will be debuting during glasstec. Putting DFI technology in-line for large production machinery (most commonly in horizontal position) could be a game-changer.
  2. The other is simply strolling through the glass technology live section where you can find the latest and greatest innovations in the global glass industry. Two years ago, I saw a smart shower there that was simply unbelievable, and a completely clear LCD monitor.

If it’s your first trip to glasstec, we look forward to seeing you in the Altstadt (Old Town) because everyone from the show ends up there at some point. With plenty of restaurants and pubs, as well as football (European football) on every corner, you’re certain to have an enjoyable time experiencing their culture. It is also a great place to network with others in our industry that you may never have run into elsewhere. 

Though I may no longer get excited about the long travel, I still get excited to be a part of this show. Plus, I have an opportunity to eat a Schiffchen pork knuckle and it is certainly not every day you get to dine somewhere Napoleon has! Hope to see you all there in the final stretch of the year and the end of equipment season. 

Pete de Gorter is vice president of sales and marketing at DeGorter Inc. Contact him at pete@degorter.com.

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.

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