More than 42,000 visitors attended this year’s glasstec.

Trade delegates travelled from 120 countries to visit the 1280 exhibitors in the nine halls at the Messe Düsseldorf.

More than 70% of trade visitors travelled to Düsseldorf from abroad.

The high proportion of executives from top management (more than 70% of visitors came from this decision-making level) underlined the quality of the fair.

The range of products and services was also reflected in the conference programme and special shows.

Exhibitors reported promising new contacts and concluded good to very good business deals. The favourable situation in the industry was also reflected by the positive atmosphere in the halls.

Wolfram N. Diener, operative Managing Director at Messe Düsseldorf, said: “No other trade event can present such a plethora of forward-looking solutions, products and applications. This is also appreciated by the constantly rising proportion of international visitors.”

Egbert Wenninger, Chairman of the Board of VDMA's Glass Technology Forum and Chairman of the glasstec advisory board, said: “Many high-level specialist discussions that look likely to lead to orders were held with visitors to the fair.

“Machine manufacturers were clearly focused on the issues of digitisation and networked production.

“Digitisation has reached the glass industry. Many exhibitors are working intensively at developing future-proof products.”

Dr. Johann Overath, Director General of Bundesverband Glasindustrie, said: “Glass is a trend and this year’s glasstec has made this perfectly clear again.

"The industry keeps moving and the current upswing evidences that the millennia-old history of the material that is glass continues with amazing innovations.”

The next glasstec will be held in two years time between October 20 to 23 2020 in Düsseldorf.