Glass industry professionals reported a successful Glassman Latin America event in Mexico last week.

More than 1300 people visited the trade show in Monterrey, Mexico which was focused on the glass manufacturing industry and its processes.

Topics such as decarbonisation, digitalisation and supply chain issues were among the topics of discussion among the 87 exhibitor company and delegates to the show.

The event also included a conference where nine glass technology suppliers presented papers on a variety of production processes.

It was the first glass industry-focused trade show to take place since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and, for many delegates, an opportunity to see old friends for the first time in several years.

Visitors among the 1335 attendees came from Mexico, USA, Colombia and Paraguay, while exhibitors were from countries as varied as Germany, Turkey, Italy, Poland, France, Mexico and the UK.

Andrea Cella, Area Sales manager at Antonini, said: "It was a very interesting fair, we noticed a large number of customers from Mexico and South America, with many visits to our stand, we are very satisfied.”

Italian decoration exhibitor Fermac said: “It was an exciting show with great conversations - the glass industry in Mexico is alive and well!”

Hans Mehl, owner of MGFS glass factory services said: “Congratulations, one of the best shows ever since we participate. Keep up the good job. See you again in 2024.”

Pedro Garcia Sanmiguel, Applications and Sales Manager at SEFPRO, said: “An incredible Glassman that will be remembered by Valoref Saint-Gobain.”

German glass container printing group ISIMAT said: “The two days at the Glassman Latin America turned out to be a great success for ISIMAT. We were constantly busy and had many great conversations with customers, partners and industry friends.

"A big ‘Thank you!’ to everyone who took the time to stop at our booth!”

Exhibitors focused on all aspects of the glass manufacturing process, from the batch house to furnaces, to annealing, inspection, palletizing and decoration.

A more detailed review with comments from participants at the fair will appear in a printed issue of Glass International.