This year’s China Glass event took place in seven halls of Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre with an exhibition area of 80,500m2.

A total of 886 companies from 31 countries attended the show, including 656 domestic companies and 230 foreign groups.

China Glass 2016 attracted 22,560 visitors from 65 countries during the exhibition, of which 13% were from overseas. There were several visiting delegations with more than 600 visitors from countries including the South Korean delegation (325 members), India Glass Bulletin magazine delegation (100 members), Vietnam glass industry delegation (90 members), Mexico toughening glass delegation and an Iranian safety glass delegation.

The event was organised by Chinese Ceramic Society and guests at home and abroad were present at the event, including Mr. Xu Yongmo, President of Chinese Ceramic Society, Mr Zhang Renwei, Honorary President of Chinese Ceramic Society, Mr Chen Guoqing, Deputy President of China Building Materials Federation, Ms. Yao Yan, Deputy President of Chinese Ceramic Society, Mr. Peng Shou, Deputy President of Chinese Ceramic Society, Mr. Jin Zhanpin, Deputy President and Secretary-General of Chinese Ceramic Society, Mr. Meng Lingyan, President of China National Association for Glass Industry and Mr. Zhang Baiheng, Secretary-General of China Architectural and Industrial Glass Association as well as heads of related groups from Italy, Germany and USA.

The exhibition covered various areas of glass production, including new energy-saving building glass, ultra-thin function glass, electronic glass, special glass as well as glass processing equipment, glass testing instrument, new types of abrasive and abrasive tools.

The event attracted leading manufacturers and companies of glass industry worldwide, both famous transnational enterprises and middle and small-sized emerging companies. There were three national pavilions organised by ICE Italy, GIMAV-VITRUM, BMWI, VDMA and Dame Associates from Italy, Germany and the USA. Several companies from Portugal and Bulgaria participated for the first time.

This event featured the 24th International Congress on Glass, with more than 800 attendees from 33 countries in attendance. It was the second time in 21 years that the conference was held in China.

It provided an opportunity for glass scientists and technologists to exchange the latest progress and achievements and also indicated the future trends of glass research and development.

The topics of this congress included research, development of technology, education, and publication of the glass field.

*A review of the exhibition appears in the May 2016 issue of Glass International magazine.