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Main Attractions To Glasstec

This month we see the biggest show on earth for glass and glass processing being held in Düsseldorf, Germany and with the latest topics being discussed by the leading lights of the sector



Glass Technology Live (GTL) in Hall 11, is organised by Professor Stefan Behling and his team at the Institute for Building Construction at the University of Stuttgart, and is one of glasstec’s marquee events and always draws huge crowds.

Products about to emerge in coming years are on display here, usually including the highlights from the various fields of application, and always with a focus on architecture. For example, one of the eye-catchers from the 2012 Facade and Construction theme was a window integrated into glazing without any visible framing.

In 2014, the highlighted themes at this special show, which covers about 2,500m2, will fall under the title Intelligent Glass and include the areas Intelligent Building Envelopes, Facade + Energy (Solar), Innovations in Glass, and Glass Design.

Consequently, some of the innovative exhibits awaiting visitors will represent sectors such as light directing, translucent glazing, composite elements in facades, glass and OLEDs as well as light and thin glass for architecture and displays.



A high calibre trade symposium will accompany Glass Technology Live.

Embedded right in the exhibition space, a series of lectures on cutting edge topics will be presented there. All trade fair visitors may attend this event free of charge.

Recognised presenters from leading research institutes, associations, companies and architecture firms will discuss in-depth a range of topics. Just like the special show, the symposium will hone in on the future of the glass industry.

The Symposium programme will be dedicated to a different theme on each day of the trade fair.



Directly adjacent to Glass Technology Live, glasstec visitors will find the Façade Center, featuring glass focused content geared toward facade designers, construction engineers, architects and the glass processing trades.

It consists of exhibitor presentations in Hall 11, innovative facade mockups at the nearby GTL special show and the Professional Center Glass + Facade, which offers information presented by institutes and associations.

A new component of the Facade Center will be European Facade Network’s efnMobile [sic] where students – along with the University of Applied Sciences in East Westphalia-Lippe – will create facade models live and offer facade consulting.



Thanks to its broad range of glass products for use in architecture, glasstec attracts a large number of architects and building designers.

In addition, the supporting programme caters to this target audience by offering the Architecture Congress sponsored by the partners, Architektenkammer Nordrhein-Westfalen (Chamber of Architecture of North Rhine-Westphalia) and the Technical University Delft, as well as by Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences.

Architects, structural engineers, climate engineers and facade designers will meet at the Congress Center East (CCD Ost) of the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre on 22 October, the second day of the trade fair. The title of this year’s Congress is Glass 5.0 – Design, Function, and Emotion.

Presenters will include renowned architects, e.g. Graham Dodd/Arup Fellow, Winy Maas/MVRDV and Paolo Cruz/University of Minho. The event is certified as professional continuing education (AKNW – 4 lessons for architects and interior designers, IK-Bau NRW – 4 time units). The admission fee is €49 and includes a glasstec ticket for two days.



The science and technology oriented ‘engineered transparency’ conference specifically addresses target audiences from the research and development as well as the construction and implementation communities.

The latest trends and developments in the structural use of glass will be discussed, which means the event will be geared toward scientists, civil engineers, planners/architects/designers, construction experts, employees of construction authorities and interested builder-owners.

Organised jointly by the technical universities Dresden and Darmstadt, the conference is entitled Glass, Facade, Energy and will take place at the beginning of glasstec between 21-22 October.

The conference is structured into the three main sections – Structural Glass, Facades and Solar Technology, with individual focal topics to include (Timber-Glass)-Laminates and Hybrid Structures, Adhesive Bonding Technologies, Energy and Sustainability, and Building-integrated Solar Technology and -Design.

Visitors of glasstec can have a close look at some of the presented technologies at glass technology live.



The fourth Solar meets Glass – Industry Summit for Markets, Costs and Technology conference at the Congress Center East will be on the glasstec agenda between 20-21 October.

Experts from the glass and solar industry will use the setting provided by glasstec to discuss the topics that touch both sectors. For the glass industry, it is a chance to explore and assess new sales opportunities, while the solar industry can use the glass sector’s expertise in tough cost based competition.

In addition to providing a market and technology overview, the conference programme – developed by Messe Düsseldorf in conjunction with the Ostbayerisches Technologie-Transfer-Institut e.V. (the Technology Transfer Institute of Eastern Bavaria – OTTI) – will emphasise new business models for success in the glass and solar industry as well as solar applications in the building shell.


As in 2012, a variety of resources are available at

Geared toward the various target groups, they allow interested visitors to get an overview of all that glasstec has to offer. Use the Industry Guide to find offerings from exhibitors and from the supporting programme, packaged specifically for these core target groups: Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, Processing, Finishing, Architecture and Construction, Windows and Facades and Solar.

The Trendcompass shows where to go for innovations. In the run up to glasstec, it shows new products in bundles aligned with various themes.

The trend categories are: Optimisation of process and product qualities in glass manufacturing; Technological innovations for the manufacture of thin glass; Innovative and smart glass for architecture, interiors and vehicles; Technical glass and special glass as well as innovative thin glass (including fibre optic applications); Light and solid hollow and packaging glass; New products for crafts and their processing; and Recycling of glass composites.

By combining this online service with the Companies and Products database and other supplementary services, glasstec visitors can prepare their trade fair visit in a comprehensive and targeted way.



Additional services include hotel and arrival information, personalised hall plans and tips for visiting the city.

Discounted early booking admission tickets can be purchased at Prices for eTickets range from €28 (1-day ticket, €40 onsite) to €44 (2-day ticket, €58 onsite) to €69 (season ticket, €85 onsite). Admission tickets are valid for roundtrip travel on all public transport marked VRR (Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Ruhr). Websites optimised for mobile devices and apps for iOS and Android provide convenient on-the-go access.





21-24 October 2014


Opening hours

Daily 9am-18.00pm


Caption1                    The Messe Düsseldorf, home of glasstec, the largest exhibition in the world for glass and glass processing with the old city offering time to relax and socialize.


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