4/10/10 – Trade Fairs Glasstec and solarpeq shine out
4 October 2010
A spirit of optimism has returned to the glass industry. That was the feeling that trade fair organisers got from the 1,274 exhibitors to glasstec, the world’s most important glass trade fair, and solarpeq, the new trade fair for solar production technology. A total of roughly 45,000 trade visitors attended the events.
More than half the visitors came from outside Germany and a significant rise was posted amongst trade visitors from North and, in particular, South America. Almost one in two visitors came with the intention of placing specific orders or had already done so. With the addition of solarpeq – International Trade Fair for Solar Production Equipment – exhibitors said the new fair made it possible to tap into new target groups and promote dialogue between sectors.
The solarpeq Conference “Solar meets Glass” had almost 200 participants and brought together the global glass and solar sectors for the first time. Dr. Harald Binder (Consultant, Chairman of the SEMI PV Group and Conference Chair of the event jointly organised by Solarpraxis AG and Messe Düsseldorf) said: “This shows how vital exchange really is between the glass and solar sectors. The objective here should be to define a joint roadmap for production and applications that benefit both sectors equally. A start has now been made and it will certainly not be the last exchange of this kind.”
In addition to the solarpeq conference, the glasstec supporting programme , dubbed “engineered transparency” was organised in conjunction with the Dresden and Darmstadt Universities of Technology focusing on the topics of glass, façades and solar technology. The Special Show “glass technology live” organised by Prof. Stefan Behling and his team from the Institute of Structural Design at Stuttgart University which provided an exciting glimpse into the future of energy-efficient glass applications. Particular attractions here were, for instance, the largest pane of insulating glass measuring 18.00 m x 3.30 m as well as (multifunctional) façades with integrated photovoltaics, solar thermics or decentralised building services. There were in addition, 60 lectures.
Other features of the glasstec supporting programme included the Architects’ Congress dealing with the topic of “Glass is Energy” and attracting over 300 participants as well as the “glass art” exhibition presenting over 300 exhibits by international artists. The range here was rounded off by a seminar programme for the glazier trade as well as the international auto glazier competition with German heats.
The next glasstec/solarpeq takes place in October 2012.