glasstec sees a good third day

Sahely Mukerji, Glass Magazine
September 30, 2010

After a relatively "quieter" opening day and a better second day, glasstec buzzed with people today, the third day of the show.

"The show seems smaller with less people and activity," said Larry Johnson, executive vice president, Edgetech I.G., Cambridge, Ohio. Mostly "the decision-makers are here, not everybody and their brother. So, it's more productive."

Carlo Zuccarello, marketing manager, For.El, Italy, echoed Johnson: "We are satisfied with the show. Not too many people, but [the ones that are here are] interested people." For.El. has a live cam of the show in its 1,000-square-meter stall for its customers who couldn't make it to the show. The company showed 20 machines on the floor.

"Today's better than the previous couple of days," said Douglas Canfield, president, Casso-Solar Corp., Pomona, N.Y. "The market here is pretty much the same as the U.S. People are cautious with their money."

This was the first glasstec for The Wagner Cos., Milwaukee, Wis. "We are looking for distributors for PanelGrip in Europe," said Anthony Leto, executive vice president, Sales/Marketing. "The show has been an eye-opening experience in terms of that this is a truly international show. We were expecting a European show, but we're getting enquiries from South Africa, the Middle East and East Europe!"

"The show's quite good for us," said Jens Uhlen, management team Europa, Technoform Glass Insulation GmbH, Germany. "Tuesday and Wednesday were a little calm, but today's better. We made valuable, good contacts." The company showed warm-edge spacer bars and muntin bars. Technoform GmbH has a sister company in the U.S., in Cleveland.

"It's been quite quiet, but today's a little better," said Davide Cigna, area manager, Bottero S.p.A., Italy. He was manning Bottero's solar glass booth in the solarpeq hall. "This is a new business line we're developing, so we didn't have too many expectations." The company showed its robotized application to improve PV modules and its sealing tape application.

Bystronic's having a good show, said Peter Nischwitz, manager, Corporate Communication,  Bystronic, Germany. "We signed several orders," he said. The company showed eight machines and seven diverse handling devices in its 1,200-square-meter booth.

"It's a very good show for us," said Dino Fenzi, president, Vitrum, Italy. "It's a big show with a huge number of visitors. This is a truly international show. Fenzi showed all its product lines.

Neptun S.r.L., Italy, a company that Stefano Bavelloni started in August 2008, showed four new products. "People were waiting for these products to come out," said Annemieke Van Orshoven, Sales & Marketing. "We're having a good show, meeting our customers and making new contacts."