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GlassBuild 2022

The largest glass and fenestration industry gathering in North America, 2022 GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo, takes place Oct. 18-20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. “See Everything” including new products and equipment, customers, suppliers, and continuing education events.

A World of Innovation, on Display in Germany

An interview with Lars Wismer, director of glasstec.

Clear Collaboration and Camaraderie in California

The newly-formed California Glass Association, an NGA-affiliated chapter, met on Jan. 1 at the facilities of PRL Glass and Aluminum. The evening included a presentation by NGA's Tara Lukasik, managing editor, regarding the major reports, and findings, of the Association's magazines. 

Industry Leaders Talk Mega Trends

What's ahead for the glass industry? "Industry Trends to Watch," a panel kicking off GlassBuild 2023, welcomed four leaders from all parts of the industry to discuss labor, the advent of AI, and other major trends to be aware of.

GlassBuild 2023

The tradition continues at this year’s GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo, held Oct. 31–Nov. 2 in Atlanta. The tradition of 20 years of the longest-running glass industry trade show, where glass, window and door industries meet. And the tradition of 75 years for show organizer…

NGA 75th Anniversary

In the 75 years following the NGA’s founding, the organization became the largest trade association serving the architectural glass and metals industry. The NGA merged with the Glass Association of North America in 2018 and now includes more than 1,800 member companies representing contract…

REHAU Launches Real Talk Webinar

Dr. Thomas Troeger, CEO of REHAU Americas, shares stories and strategies to navigate today’s toughest business challenges.

NGA Glass Conference Heads to the Pacific Northwest in July

The National Glass Association is heading to Tacoma, Washington with its NGA Glass Conference, happening July 25-27, at the Marriott Tacoma Downtown.  

Industry Leaders Present a Strong Case for Glass as a Safe, Renewable Building Material

The National Glass Association hosted industry leaders for its second annual Glass and Glazing Advocacy Days, March 27-28 in Washington, D.C. The Association facilitated critical conversations between the industry and U.S. Congressional representatives about glass's future as a sustainable, safe…

An Unbelievable 25 Years

At the 25th anniversary of the BEC Conference in Las Vegas this month, we celebrate the remarkable advancements in glass during the previous 25 years, and we look ahead at what the next 25 might hold.

What's the Word on Thin Triples?

At the NGA Glass Conference: Miramar Beach January 24-26, Selkowitz will present considerations for the practical application of thin triples in commercial and residential construction. 

Sustainability takes center stage at glasstec 2022

Exhibitors at glasstec 2022 provided automation solutions to meet industry challenges of an entrenched labor shortage and increasing sustainability requirements. 

Digitalization is the Key to Transformation

Climate change will require construction to fundamentally change. glasstec officials discussed the possibilities and innovations with Jochen Hölscher, managing director of facade construction company Hölscher.

glasstec returns

The international glass products, manufacturing and technology show runs Sept. 20-23.

Excitement High at TGA Glass Conference

Last week’s TGA Conference, hosted by the Texas Glass Association at the Kalahari Resort in Round Rock, Texas, had a very strong showing, and a feeling of excitement. The sold-out show boasted the highest attendance in its history, with 150 attendees.

Mid-Atlantic Glass Expo Hosts Recovering Glass industry

The Mid-Atlantic Glass Expo, hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Glass Association, returned for its 35th edition on Wednesday, April 27, at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland.

High-performance, Recycling Top Agenda at NGA Advocacy Day

Leaders in the architectural glass and fenestration industries met with Congressional representatives to discuss challenges and opportunities facing the industry, as part of the National Glass Association’s first-ever Glass and Glazing Advocacy Day, April 4-5. The largely productive discussions…

Top 10 Tradeshow Giveaway Items of 2022

While tradeshow organizers will continue to err on the side of caution and keep safety front and center, it could be an encouraging trend for tradeshow attendance to see some light at the end of this seemingly never-ending tunnel. Tradeshows provide an incredible opportunity to connect, learn and…

5 takeaways from the FGIA Hybrid Annual Conference in Florida

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance Hybrid Annual Conference Feb. 28-March 3 in Amelia Island, Florida, was a jam-packed week of education, networking and a healthy dose of vitamin D from the Florida sunshine.

Eastman announces Bernard Bühler Award for the 2022 Vanceva World of Color Awards

Named after the renowned French architect who has developed multiple projects across France using Vanceva color PVB interlayers, Bernard Bühler himself will be the juror for the award and will choose the winner from all entries in the “Exterior” category.

Window innovation, sustainability, and trends front and center at FGIA roundtables

Roundtable discussions at the 2022 Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance Hybrid Annual Conference in Amelia Island, Fla. highlighted trends like thin triple glazing, sustainability best practices, and case studies on window industry innovations.

Proposed Energy Star Standards Further Help Glass Upgrades Pay For Themselves, Says EPA Analyst

EPA analyst Doug Anderson spoke in March to FGIA conference in-person and virtual attendees about the thinking and evidence behind the agency's draft 2 of the proposed Energy Star 7.0 standards for architectural glass and window and door construction. Public comments on draft 2 specifications are…

FGIA Conference Participants Learn Benefits of Trauma Response Training

Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance 2022 Hybrid Annual Conference participants learned the benefits of training employees on how to respond to trauma at facilities such as manufacturing plants and construction sites.

Economist: Construction On-Track for Full Rebound, Despite Russia Sanctions and Labor Shortfall

Manufacturing and fabrication companies can help mitigate the industry labor shortage by offering more training, says economist Dr. Chris Kuehl. 

FGIA Keynote Speaker Frank Abagnale Shares Tips on Avoiding Fraud and Cybersecurity Risks

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance heard fraud prevention advice from scam artist-turned-Federal Bureau of Investigations educator, Frank Abagnale, during his keynote address at the 2022 FGIA Hybrid Annual Conference.

FGIA Announces 2022 Industry Awards for Excellence

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance recognized the contributions and achievements of its members and congratulated award winners at the Annual Awards Ceremony at the end of the first day of the FGIA Hybrid Annual Conference. Awards were presented by the previous year's winners, who…

4 Ways to Futureproof Your Fabrication Business at GPAD

It’s almost time to pack your best practices and your bags for the return of Glass Processing Automation Days, or GPAD, set to kick off Tuesday, March 29 in Nashville at Grand Hyatt Nashville. The conference, hosted by the National Glass Association, will draw leaders in glass fabrication,…

GGI Aligns with Industry Leaders to Offer AIA Workshop at New York Build

General Glass International, ICD High Performance Coatings + Chemistries and NSG Group have joined forces to present an AIA CES Workshop on Rethinking Tall Building Design in the Fight Against Climate Change on March 3 at New York Build.

Glasstec 2022 Will Reunite the Industry During the International Year Of Glass

In the International Year of Glass, the glass industry will celebrate a long-awaited reunion in Düsseldorf, Germany from Sept. 20 – 23, 2022 at glasstec, International Trade Fair for Glass Production, Processing and Products. The sector had to wait four years to again experience the wide range of…

SCHOTT leads the way for UN International Year of Glass

Schott will be a major sponsor for the United Nations International Year of Glass 2022. The company will join the international community in celebrating glass as a key material in daily life, science and technology.

International Year of Glass Kicks Off in Geneva

The International Year of Glass will have its opening ceremony Feb. 10-11, at the Palace of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Keynote Speaker, Others at FGIA Hybrid Annual Conference to Focus on Technical Expertise, Training

The Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance will welcome Frank Abagnale as the keynote speaker for the upcoming 2022 FGIA Hybrid Annual Conference taking place Feb. 28-March 3, with both in-person and virtual options for participation.

decarbXpo will Showcase Power-to-X Technologies

The Expo for Decarbonized Industries > Energy Storage, also known as the decarbXpo, will showcase Power-to-X technologies and products, which are power conversion technologies.

FGIA Webinar to Cover Gas Filling of Insulating Glass Units

The webinar, led by Randi Ernst, president of FDR Design, will provide a baseline understanding of the mechanics and benefits of a gas-filled sealed insulating glass unit.

Eastman Seeks Nominations for 2022 Vanceva World of Color Awards

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 18, Eastman, manufacturer of Vanceva Color interlayers for laminated glass, will accept nominations for its 2022 Vanceva World of Color Awards

FGIA Opens Registration for 2022 FGIA Hybrid Annual Conference

Registration is now open for the 2022 FGIA Hybrid Annual Conference, Feb. 28 to March 3, with both in-person and virtual options for participation. Keynote Speaker Frank Abagnale, who inspired the events depicted in the film "Catch Me If You Can," will give a presentation about how simple…

Organizers Cancel GPD 2021

Organizers of Glass Performance Days 2021 cancelled its 2021 edition, scheduled to be held partly in-person and online in February 2022. In an email, organizers cited rising COVID infection rates.

Glasstec Conference Speakers to Address Reducing Glass Industry’s Carbon Footprint

The glasstec Update conference, to be held in Düsseldorf, Germany, on Nov. 25 and 26, will have experts from science and economy debating the pressing issues of the future and challenges for the global glass industry.

InstallationMasters Demonstration Puts Theory into Practice at FGIA Hybrid Fall Conference

Rich Rinka, technical manager, fenestration standards and U.S. industry affairs, and Jason Seals, certification services manager, fenestration, led in-person Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance Hybrid Fall Conference participants through the steps of two different window installation…

Top Takeaways, from a GPAD First-timer

I attended my first GPAD, or Glass Processing Automation Days, in 2019 in San Antonio. At the time, I was not only a newcomer to the event, but also a relative newcomer to the industry. Looking back, here are my top takeaways.

NFRC Kicks Off 2021 Fall Membership Virtual Meeting

The National Fenestration Rating Council kicked off its 2021 Fall Membership Virtual Meeting on Oct. 25, where sustainability, codes and emerging trends topped the agenda. The event runs through Oct. 27.

Vitrum Reports 6,000+ Visitors at its 2021 Restart Edition

Despite pandemic-related difficulties and restrictions, the 2021 edition of Vitrum, the biennial international trade show organized by GIMAV, the Italian Association of Glass-Processing Machinery and Accessory Suppliers, successfully returned to Milan, Oct. 5-8.

Vitrum 2021 Opens in Milan

Vitrum 2021 kicked off today at Fiera Milano Rho in Milan, Italy. The show, organized by GIMAV, the Association of Italian manufacturers and suppliers of machinery, equipment and special products for glass processing, will host about 120 exhibitors and runs Oct. 5-8.

GlassBuild America Displays Industry’s Resilience

Exhibitors, suppliers return to in-person event with high energy, focus on meeting industry challenges and identify industry trends.

glasstec 2022 Let’s Go Live Trailer, Exhibitor Registration

In a release this week, glasstec 2022 officials released the new Let´s Go Live Trailer to help exhibitors and visitors look forward to the expo, to be held from September 20-23, 2022 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany. The organization also opened exhibitor registration. 

Old Guard Reunion Convenes for 6th Annual Gathering

Aug. 11, glass fabrication industry veterans from across the country once again convened in Toledo Ohio for another edition of the Old Guard Reunion, or OGR. Since 2015, this annual social event has opened its doors to anyone associated with the flat glass industry, from industry veterans and…

Registration Now Open for FGIA 2021 Virtual Western Region Summit

Registration is now open for the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance's FGIA 2021 Virtual Western Region Summit, to be held Aug. 24.

Use Digital Tools to Get the Most out of Tradeshows 

From lead retrieval devices, to Facebook, there’s a wide range of ways that technology can change your tradeshow experience. Here are some industry insights on how to use digital tools to have a successful show. 

Participate in Manufacturing Day to Provide Opportunities to Develop Labor Force

Julia Asoni, senior director of youth engagement at the Manufacturing Institute, the social impact affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers, shared information and resources during the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance 2021 Virtual Summer Conference for companies to plan…

A Refreshing Return to Business

Last week’s Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance Virtual Summer Conference was a refreshing return to business as usual, albeit still in a virtual format. For the first time since March 2020, COVID didn’t overshadow every conversation. In fact, I can recollect few sessions in which…

Organizers Cancel glasstec 2021

glasstec, International Trade Fair for Glass Production, Processing and Products, will not take place as planned in June 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the continuing worldwide lockdown measures, as well as international travel restrictions.

Looking Forward, Looking Up

Last week’s 2021 Virtual Conference, hosted by the Fenestration & Glazing Industry Alliance, offered three days of educational and information sessions, with presentations covering the shape and nature of economic recovery, safety, sustainability, and the newest legislative updates, among many…

NGA Glass Conference Spotlights Codes and GSA Building Requirements

The National Glass Association hosted its NGA Glass Conference virtually on Feb. 9, drawing more than 300 registered attendees. Topping the agenda were sessions that look at the future implications of the latest codes and standards development, including a unique perspective from the General…

AEC Panel to Address Achieving Higher Performance Facades

The Aluminum Extruders Council will host a webinar panel, Achieving Higher Performance Facades, Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. ET.

Architects: 4 Reasons Not to Miss the NGA Glass Conference

NGA Glass Conference: February 2021 is on February 9. This one-day online event will cover future implications of the latest codes & standards development. 

glasstec 2020: Glass Industry Leaders Offer a State of the Industry During the Pandemic

glasstec Virtual kicked off this week on Oct. 20. First-day programming featured a “Glass Associations Summit,” bringing together leaders from glass associations across the globe to discuss the state of glass manufacturing during COVID-19.

GIMAV Issues Statement on Rescheduled glasstec

GIMAV sent an official announcement to its members informing them that an “overwhelming majority” of Italian companies will not participate in the 2021 edition of glasstec.

ICYMI: Design Trend Forecast, Code Update, Installer Demo and More

In its first week of programming, GlassBuild Connect presented more than 15 educational webinars and demos. Top items included the New Normal of Design and Construction panel, the Glass & Glazing Technical and Codes Update, and the opening day roundtable.

ICYMI at GlassBuild Connect: Design Trend Forecast, Code Update, Installer Demo

In its first week of programming, GlassBuild Connect presented more than 20 educational webinars and demo videos. Top clicked items included the New Normal of Design and Construction panel, the Glass & Glazing Technical and Codes Update, and the opening day roundtable.

Registration Now Open for GlassBuild Connect: The Glass & Fenestration Online Experience

The National Glass Association announced that GlassBuild Connect registration is now open. In response to pandemic-imposed travel, gathering restrictions and prioritizing public safety, GlassBuild America—the annual glass, window and door expo—has transitioned into a month-long online experience…

GlassBuild Connect | September is for Solutions

1 month of glass & glazing industry-focused programming | 22 days of content targeting all glazing & fenestration industry segments | 5 daily content themes | 330+ companies displaying products and solutions

NGA Glass Conference Day 2 Tackles New Normal of Design, Fabrication Troubleshooting, Digitizing the Workplace

NGA Glass Conference’s second day was as busy as the first, offering a full docket of educational offerings covering topics from troubleshooting glass fabricating equipment, to digitizing the factory and jobsite.

Highlights from NGA Glass Conference Day 1: Float Glass, Manufacturing, Sustainable Cities

The NGA Glass Conference kicked off Tuesday as an online interactive event with nearly 500 pre-registrants. NGA President and CEO Nicole Harris opened the event with a State of the Association address.

The Present and Future of Glass

Sisecam Flat Glass held its T Meetings, focused on architectural glass and design, as global and online events for the first time this year. Partnering with the Arkitera Architecture Center, also based in Turkey, the meetings hosted two prominent architects; Kim Herforth Nielsen, the founder of…

FGIA Virtual Conference Highlights Leadership, Manufacturing and Management during COVID-19

The Fenestration & Glazing Industry Alliance hosted its Virtual Summer Conference June 23-25. A major focus of the content was challenges facing companies in the COVID-19 world. The event featured a panel about manufacturing during coronavirus, a session about financial relief programs and a…

A GlassBuild to Meet 2020 Challenges

COVID-19 has turned 2020 plans upside down for us all. It has asked us to adapt and change; to find new ways of connecting, working, collaborating, problem solving. Now it’s forcing us to pivot once more when it comes to our industry’s gathering place.

National Glass Association Announces Cancellation of GlassBuild America 2020

The in-person GlassBuild America will return to Atlanta in 2021; NGA will host GlassBuild Connect: The Glass & Fenestration Online Experience – to take place the entire month of September.

Guardian Glass Cancels Participation in glasstec 2020

In light of the current coronavirus pandemic, and consistent with its focus on the health and safety of its employees and preferred partners, Guardian Glass decided not to participate at glasstec 2020, scheduled to take place in Dusseldorf, Germany, Oct. 22-23, 2020.

AIA Officially Cancels 2020 Conference on Architecture

The American Institute of Architects officially cancelled the AIA Conference on Architecture 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NGA Announces April 22 Webinar, 'All about SBA Loans'

In an upcoming April 22 webinar from the National Glass Association, financial expert Marco Terry will provide insights on emergency financing options for companies during the COVID-19 crisis.

FGIA Summer Conference Moves Online

The Fenestration & Glazing Industry Alliance summer conference scheduled to take place June 22-25 at the Fairmont Millennium Park in Chicago is being transitioned from an in-person event to a virtual event occurring during all or part of the original conference dates.

Organizers Cancel Glass TEXpo

Glass TEXpo ’20 has been cancelled due concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was scheduled to be held May 1-2 in San Antonio. 

Mid-Atlantic Glass Association Postpones Glass Expo 2020

The Mid-Atlantic Glass Association postponed Glass Expo 2020, scheduled to be held April 29.

OBO Reschedules Industry Day Due to COVID-19

The Bureau of Overseas Building Operations rescheduled its Industry Day from April 9 to July 17, due to the emergency declarations following the COVID-19 outbreak.

American Institute of Architects Postpones AIA Conference on Architecture 2020

The American Institute of Architects postponed the AIA Conference on Architecture 2020, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The conference was originally scheduled to be held May 14-16 in Los Angeles.

Promoting and Protecting the Glass and Glazing Industry

From educating architects, to engaging code officials, to influencing legislation, efforts to promote and protect the glass and glazing industry dominated the conversation at the National Glass Association 2020 Annual Conference yesterday in La Jolla, California.

Glass Industry Closes 2019 with a Festive Glass Expo West

Glass Expo West hosted a busy tradeshow floor, despite a rare rainy day in California. Held Dec. 4-5 at the San Diego Convention Center, the event provided educational seminars and a tradeshow floor representing glass industry suppliers.

A Smart Future in Glass

The future of the glass industry is smart—smarter glass for smarter buildings in smarter cities, according to presenters and organizers at the 2019 Glass Performance Days, June 25-28 in Tampere, Finland. “Smart cities, smart buildings and smart glazing are our future,” said Jorma Vitkala, chair of…

Finding Connection Points at AIA 2019

“What is the top question you hear from architects?” This is a question I have asked glass and glazing companies for several years when attending industry trade shows. The responses normally cover topics such as oversized glass use, aesthetics, cost or performance, and the products to fill those…

Glass Revolution

Hard to believe it is more than a quarter into 2019; time flies when you’re having fun. What is more fun than to think about where we can go in the next decade, and what we have to look forward to?Solar power I was thinking about this while traveling across the country recently. I couldn’t help…

Keep DIY Fixes out of the Glass Plant

Growing up, my dad was the king of do-it-yourself fixes. He used to say that, provided with enough duct tape and a hanger, he could create a quick, temporary repair for almost anything that went amiss around the house. Those handy DIY fixes, however, are not for the glass plant. Last week at the…

Future of Glass—From Transparency to Technology

What’s driving future glass trends? Transparency, performance and technology, according to Lisa Rammig, senior associate for Eckersley O’Callaghan. Rammig spoke Jan. 23 during the 2019 National Glass Association Annual Conference in Naples, Florida. To meet next-generation demands, players from…

The End of an Era and On with the Show(s)

The recent news of Don Friese’s retirement from C.R. Laurence is the end of an era and a monumental change to the glass and glazing industry, which he has influenced for so many years. With his retirement, the North American glass and glazing industry will lose one of the most remarkable business…

Vitrum Celebrates 20 Years in Glass Fabrication

For an industry newcomer like myself, stepping into the fabrication facility at Vitrum Glass Group, located in Langley, British Columbia, is a little like stepping into a new ecosystem. Or rather, several ecosystems. Some parts of the 130,000-square-foot facility are balmy, others cool. And, like…