The Glasstec trade show concluded today with more than 30,000 people from 119 countries visiting the fair.

A total of 936 exhibitors from 47 countries demonstrated the operational excellence of the sector.

It was the first time in four years the show had been held due to the pandemic. In focus were the global trend topics such as climate, resource efficiency, Urbanisation, Value and Well-Being but also current challenges such as high energy costs, supply chain bottlenecks or skilled labour shortage.

Exhibitors from the glass technology sector included companies from the entire glass manufacturing process, from raw materials, to batch plant, refractories, furnaces, forming, lehrs, inspection and palletising.

Just some of the companies exhibiting were Rondot group companies such as Sheppee, Graphoidal and Specialty Rondot, inspection companies such as Iris Inspection and Tiama, Pennine Industrial, Heye International, Xpar Vision, Emhart, HFT as well as furnace providers such as Horn, Electroglass, FIC UK, Glass Service and Sorg.

glasstec 2022 came at precisely the right point in time to provide the glass industry with orientation again after the pandemic-induced changes and in a difficult economic climate.

“The participants’ feedback has been unambiguous here: as a face-to-face trade fair glasstec allows in-depth exchange of experience and knowledge transfer on a global level in a concentrated form as well as offering an unparalleled, packed line-up of innovations and solutions,” said Erhard Wienkamp, Managing Director at Messe Düsseldorf.

Egbert Wenninger, CCO and board member at Grenzebach Maschinenbau, Chairman of VDMA’s Glass Technology Forum as well as Chairman of the Exhibitors’ Advisory Board at glasstec: “We are very happy with the way the fair went!

"It was absolutely the right decision to participate in glasstec. We notice the positive mood in the teams, among customers and new contacts.

"Personal meetings and the opportunity to see innovations on the machines on site as an essential experience that was simply missing in the last few years. Now you really realise the importance of a trade fair like glasstec, and we are already looking forward to the next event in two years.”

Over 75% of the trade visitors travelled to Düsseldorf from abroad.

This means the share of international guests continues at a high level, confirming the global position of glasstec for the industry in the “International Year of Glass”.

This was declared by the United Nations for 2022 to create visibility for the scientific, economic and cultural importance of the material that is glass as well as its vital role in future-focused topics like climate protection and CO2-reduction.

At 75%, the equally high percentage of executives who are involved in investment decisions underlines the high quality of the trade fair.

Visitors were highly satisfied with the ranges on display at glasstec. Well over 90% stated they had achieved their objectives set for the visit. For the majority, seeking new suppliers as well as innovations and trends was the main goal.