Trends from the show floor
Goldray Industries Ltd., Calgary, Alberta, displayed its decorative products with graphic interlayers.
M3 Glass Technologies, Irving, Texas, showed its MPrint Digital Decorative glass, at left.
Standard Bent Glass, Butler, Pa., showed decorative glass with one-way vision PET (polyethylene terephthalate) film.
Bernard Lax, CEO, Pulp Studios in Los Angeles, said back-painted glass and graphic imaging glass top the decorative glass trends. Many of these products were on display during the show.
The green trend affecting the rest of the glass industry is also present in specialty glass, and suppliers need to be ready. "Looking at back-coated glass, [volatile organic compound] limits are going to disappear. It will be no VOCs, and there won't be any VOCs allowed in 5 years—there is already a no VOC rule in California on car paints," Lax said. "A lot of people producing these products will be in trouble."