Exhibitor registration numbers for glasstec are on par with the previous event in 2012, despite ambivalent economic situation in the sector.

Last time, 1,175 companies representing glass engineering, glass manufacturing and glass crafts participated, 66% of which came to Düsseldorf from outside Germany.

"We're delighted by the great response to glasstec 2014, especially with the economic situation in the flat-glass sector and partially even in the mechanical-engineering sector being rather tense at the moment." said Hans Werner Reinhard, Deputy Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf.

In addition to the uniquely varied exhibitor presentations, the special show ‘glass technology live’ (gtl) helps to bolster glasstec's status of an industry trendsetter.

Organised by Prof. Stefan Behling and his team at the Institute for Building Construction at the University of Stuttgart, it shows products about to emerge in coming years - usually including highlights from the various fields of application, and always with a focus on architecture.

In 2014, the highlighted themes at the show, which covers about 2,500 square metres, is called ‘Intelligent Glass’ and includes areas such as ‘Intelligent Building Envelopes, Façade + Energy (Solar)’, ‘Innovations in Glass’, and ‘Glass Design + Interior’.

A series of lectures on cutting-edge topics will be presented there. All trade fair visitors may attend this event free of charge.

Besides ‘glass technology live’ and the associated symposium, additional items on the agenda enhancing the extensive supporting programme will include the ‘Crafts Center’, the ‘Autoglass Arena’ and the ‘Glass Art’ exhibition.

Directly adjacent to ‘glass technology live’, visitors will find the Façade Centre with the ‘Professional Centre Glass + Façade’.

The congress programme consists of the scientific conference ‘Engineered transparency’ focussed on structural uses of glass, the ‘Architectural Congress’ and the ‘Solar meets glass’ conference on topics at the intersection of the glass and solar industries.