Volume 33, Number 5, May 1998

GLASSLAT '98 - 5/98

by Yolanda Velasco

The Mexico City debut of GlassLat '98 lived up to the expectations of both exhibitors and visitors. The third edition of this international show was held March 4-6 at the spacious World Trade Center. Organizers say that more than 8,000 persons involved in the glass industry came together at this modern facility for GlassLat ‘98.

The fact that GlassLat was held in Mexico City this year facilitated participation of industry representatives from other regions of Latin America. A total of 113 companies from Mexico and abroad participated in GlassLat ‘98. Among those involved were manufacturers and service companies from Europe and the United States, as well as Central and South America.

Exhibitors went all-out this year, showing attendees an overall remarkable display of products and services. Saint-Gobain of Emerchicourt, France, had one of the most outstanding exhibits at GlassLat ‘98. The glassmaker's two-level show area captured the benefits of glass for use in both construction and the auto industry. "Here we have made glass into something more than just windows," said Saint-Gobain's director of marketing, Carlos J. Aguilera. In fact, Saint-Gobain displayed more than ten different types of architectural glass, each designed to meet certain structural requirements. Sekurit de Mexico, S. A. de C. V., Saint-Gobain's Mexican production company for automotive glass, highlighted its ability to adapt to new design requirements by displaying the popular new ‘98 Volkswagen beetle, which incorporates the manufacturer's window sets.

Another eye-catching display was that of Z. Bavelloni de Mexico, S. A. de C. V. The center of attention was an automatic cutting table that offers a combination of speed and precision. "The bottom line is that it reduces waste and optimizes costs," said marketing director Idilio Bolchini. He added, "This event turned out to be a total success for us."

Attendees came with a variety of business motives, and many of these were fulfilled. Bob Waldon, representative of Hope Webbing Company of Cumberland, RI, a manufacturer of weatherproof tape for the protection of windows and doors, said, "I'm going home feeling very satisfied because I have found several alternatives for representing our products in Mexico."

A number of well-respected figures from international businesses contributed to the seminar program. Robert J. Pecorella of Northern Building Products spoke about doors and windows for the residential market. David Paczko of Edgetech offered an informative presentation on the evolution of insulating glass. Robert H. Lang of Billco talked about how maintenance systems are linked to safety and efficiency in daily plant operation.

Yolanda Velasco is the editor of La Revista del Vidrio, Fachadas y Ventanas®, the sister publication of USGlass magazine, published bimonthly for the Latin American glass industry.

La Revista del VFV Debuts at GlassLat

La Revista del Vidrio, Fachadas y Ventanas® (VFV), launched in January by Key Communications, Inc. (the publisher of USGlass magazine), is the first magazine published entirely in Spanish and devoted to the Latin American auto and flat glass, metal and fenestration industries. With editorial offices in Mexico, Chile and the United States, the new publication features articles about the Latin American industry, as well as news and other information.

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