Global energy trends at China Glass Show
Energy saving products and production process efficiency were the key issues at the 18th China International Glass Industrial Technical Exhibition May 16-19 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre.
Organized by the Chinese Ceramic Society and co-organized by the Shanghai Ceramic Society, the show was sponsored and supported by all glass industry related governmental departments and national trade associations of China.
Between 60 and 70 American companies participated at the show, says Corinne Dame, North American representative of the show and chairman of the board, Dame Associates, Boston.
“There is movement to get more and more insulating glass in use in China for energy efficiency,” says Denny Raske, director of international sales, Allmetal Inc., Itasca, Ill. “China is experiencing the same need for energy as the rest of the world today and knows that conservation is a must. All the major international glass manufacturers already have operations servicing the Chinese market.”
Leon Duan, business development manager for insulating glass, H.B. Fuller China, agrees. “There was greater emphasis on energy saving products at the China Glass show, reflecting actions by the Chinese government to actively promote products that conserve energy and have a lower impact on the environment,” he says. “The residential segment in China is the most significant segment in the IG industry. To serve the residential segment, IG manufacturers will have to innovate rapidly to find IG solutions to significantly improve their productivity and quality to match the needs of the residential market.”
To that end, IG solutions and codes are in the works, says Bipin Shah, president, WinBuild Inc., Fairfax, Va. “In China most of the buildings have single-pane glass,” he says. “However, in new construction, IG units with clear glass are now being used. There’s a thrust toward producing more energy-efficient glass; codes are being put in place, and the Chinese are looking to use low-E glass in IGUs to meet the codes. The DOE [U.S. Department of Energy] stressed the use of low-E glass and the need for IG durability standards to ensure the durability of the low-E product performance. The National Center for Quality Supervision and Testing of Glass Institute in Qinhuangdao is currently working on updating the durability standards.”
DOE representatives participated at GPD China 2007, which took place right before the exhibition May 14-15 in Shanghai. The theme of the conference was “Production Process Efficiency and Quality--from Design to Construction.” The conference had two sessions: Practical and Processing Session; Architectural, Facade and Market Trends. Sixteen technical seminars were put on by companies such as Siemens, Asahi, AGR from Germany, Japan, the United States and the Netherlands, Dame says. Representatives from Advance Engineering Inc. of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Glasstec Inc., Perrysburg, Ohio, presented seminars.
Back at the show, the exhibit space was more than 46,000 square meters and included four halls, Dame says. The 700 exhibitors included 235 foreign companies from 24 countries. Last year, 568 exhibitors represented 234 foreign companies from 24 countries. The exhibition featured architectural and decorative glass; fenestration and hardware fittings; automobile glass and industrial glass; hollow glassware and glass containers; and electric lighting glass and special glass.
“There seems to be more electronics being used to demonstrate the products or show the company image,” says Ted Hoehn, sales manager, H.B. Fuller. “The majority of the first three halls had a stronger influence of equipment that had originated in Western technologies. It truly seemed to be more of an international show than in the past.”
Next year, the China Glass Show will be in Beijing.
- By Sahely Mukerji, managing editor, Glass Magazine