Volume 36, Issue 4, April 2001

Taking Over Tampere

Industry Prepares for Education and Socialization at Glass Processing Days
by Tara Taffera


Although the seventh International Glass Processing Days will be held for only four days June 18-21, 2001, in Tampere, Finland, participants may want to set aside a few extra days to take advantage of everything the event—and Finland—has to offer.

Glass Processing Days, organized by Finland’s Tamglass Ltd. Oy, has established itself as a true international conference, attracting participants from across the globe. Everyone from glass processors and manufacturers, material and machinery suppliers, glaziers, architects, construction specialists, window and insulating glass unit manufacturers and others, has much to gain from attending the conference.

Come Early, Stay Late
A number of short courses will be held prior to the conference on June 15-17. These one-day courses will allow participants to acquire in-depth knowledge of a particular subject such as the use of glass in modern design and architecture, glass coating, insulating glass, laminated glass, tempered glass, production control, glass decoration, glass product design and much more. More than 400 participants took advantage of the short courses in 1999.
Attendees who come early may also want to stay late. Participants may take pre or post tours to neighboring countries. Tours will target St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Stockholm and local country sights.

Opening with a Bang
Glass Processing Days will kick off on June 18, featuring segments covering both the architectural and automotive glass industries.

The event will begin with an opening address from Paolo Scaroni, group chief executive for Pilkington plc, who will discuss “Coatings for the 21st Century. Jorma Vitkala, chairperson of the Glass Processing Days organizing committee, believes Scaroni will serve as an excellent keynote speaker.
“His participation underlines the status of Glass Processing Days as the leading international forum on the development of the global glass industry,” said Vitkala.

Scaroni’s address will be followed by that of Stephen Selkowitz of the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, who will educate attendees on how to integrate advanced facades into high-performance buildings.

The Main Event
Glass Processing Days will consist of three main sessions: The Fascinating Glass Business, the World of Architectural Glass and Automotive’s Driving Force.

The Fascinating Glass Business will focus on current and future trends in the architectural and automotive glass industries. The second session will be dedicated to the various standards and regulations governing the building and automotive industries.

The World of Architectural Glass will be aimed particularly at architects, as well as the glass manufacturers and processors with whom they work. The session will deal with present-day trends in glass building and innovative products will also be highlighted. Other sessions will place special emphasis on the various production technologies being used and how to develop more competitive, safe and cost-effective products using current or new methods and technologies.

The keynote speaker of the architectural session is Prof. Dr. Thomas Herzog of Germany who will discuss current glazing trends.

James Carpenter of James Carpenter Design Associates Inc. will chair the session on “Current Trends for Glass in Exterior Glazing and Interior Use.” “The Glass Processing Days is a conference which is very useful for anyone seriously using glass for design purposes,” he said.

Socializing/Networking Opportunities
GPD is as much known for its networking and socializing opportunities as it is for its educational sessions.

The social program includes a get together, a city reception, a conference banquet and a farewell party. Additionally, a midnight golf tournament,
midnight fishing trip and Waterjet excursion are all planned.

Breaking Records
Last year, GPD attracted 800 participants from 60 countries with 160 presentations. “We expect to match and perhaps exceed that participation this time as well,” said Vitkala. “The leading idea is to have glass producers, glass processors, production equipment makers and researchers meet architects and automotive designers on a joint forum to explore the visions and trends of the business.”

Tara Taffera is the editor of USGlass magazine.