Volume 38, Issue 5, May 2003

Wild, Wild Best
Industry Prepares to Round Up in Tampere for GPD 2003
by Ellen Giard Chilcoat

Is it the opportunity to learn from some of the glass industry’s most respected scholars, the over-the-top networking and social activities or the beauty of Finland that calls the glass industry to Tampere every other June? It’s all three in one as the biennial event, Glass Processing Days (GPD), is once again held the time of the midnight sun in Finland, June 15-18. GPD, which is organized by Tampere-based Tamglass Ltd. Oy, was launched in 1992 to provide the industry with an outlet to explore and discuss the latest technologies, as well as the glass manufacturing and fabrication processes. The four-day event offers in-depth, educational presentations targeted toward glass professionals. More than 1,000 individuals are expected to attend this year’s conference from more than 60 countries. At the 2001 GPD, more than 850 attended from 60 countries. 

As stated in a release issued by GPD organizers, “A decade ago the Glass Processing Days conference was born to fulfill a unique need shared by designers, architects, glass producers and processors.”

“Our idea was born with the aim of creating a joint international forum at which all the key players who influence the glass business could jointly and effectively chart the present and influence the future,” said Jorma Vitkala, GPD conference chairperson. “We needed to attract the key decisionmakers and make sure that time-use was efficient and presentations were really on a state-of-the-art high level.”

State-of-the-art indeed. This year’s conference brings together some of the industry’s leading players to present on topics ranging from glass architecture and innovations to insulating glass and automotive processing.

The Heart of it All
The conference program is made up of more than 260 presentations. This year Jacques Aschenbroich, senior vice president of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain, chairperson and chief executive officer of Saint-Gobain Vitrage and managing director of the flat glass division of La Compagnie de Saint-Gobain, will serve as the opening speaker. His presentation will take place as part of the opening program on June 15.

“High-quality presentations have become a standard at the GPD conference and each year the level appears higher,” said Vitkala. “Speeches have been well-presented and they have been prepared with care. The role of the conference as a meeting place and a possibility to exchange information for decision-makers has become more pronounced. We are certain that speakers like Mr. Jacques Aschenbroich will create an enthusiastic atmosphere for the whole conference with his presentation on the opening day of GPD 2003.”

Included in the opening program is a presentation from Guy Lozach, director of vehicle materials and engineering divisions for PSA Peugeot Citroën. Lozach will discuss the use of mineral glass glazings in the automotive industry.

Also as part of the opening program, Akira Fujishima, Ph.d., with the Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo, will cover new glass industry technologies in a presentation on Nanotechnology and self-cleaning glass.

GPD plenary speakers are: Michael Jardin, director, advanced design interior, exterior and concept cars, Renault, will discuss developments in automotive window design on June 16; Hans Schober, Schlaich Bergermann und Partner, will discuss freeform glass structures on June 17; and Erich Trösch, chief executive officer and president of Glass Trösch Holding AG & Euroglass Vertriebs GmbH, will discuss world research in coated glass on June 18.

GPD Registration Information

Registration for the GPD conference and short 
courses can be completed online at 

Cost of Attendance:

Before March 31      *EUR 890
March 31-May 15       EUR 990
After May 15            EUR 1,100

Accompanying Guest
Before March 31          EUR 275
March 31-May 15        EUR 300
After May 15                EUR 350

*Fees include a 22-percent VAT, which is refundable. Forms will be available at the conference.

Different Avenues to Take
Regardless of where your glass interests fall, there will be some part of GPD for you. Break-out sessions covered include architectural glass, industry management, glass processing, structural engineering or automotive glass. 

Topics that will be discussed include curved, architectural tempered glass; low-E glass tempering technology; bomb-blast protection for architectural glass; fracture patterns of heat-treated glass; laminated safety glass and many more.

Also included in the presentations will be “Photocatalytic Coatings for Self-Cleaning Glass” by Kevin Sanderson of Pilkington. 

Since the GPD program committee could not accommodate all of the oral presentations it received, several were selected to be part of the poster exhibition. The poster exhibition will be open daily during coffee and lunch breaks, and also on Monday and Tuesday afternoons between 5 and 6 p.m.

In addition, a glass product exhibition is scheduled. The products will be displayed in the same area as the poster exhibition. The exhibition will be open during the entire conference and in the evenings until 6 p.m.

All presentations, except the Latin-America session, will be in English. Some sessions will be interpreted into Spanish, Russian and Italian. 

GPD at a Glance

June 15
3 p.m.         Opening Program
3:30 p.m.    Opening Address, Jacques Aschenbroich, Compagnie de 
                    Saint Gobain 
4 p.m.         Music
4:15 p.m.   The use of Mineral Glass Glazings in the Automotive Industry,
                    Guy Lozach, Peugeot Citroen 
5:15 p.m.   GPD Award and Music
5:45 p.m.   Nanotechnology and Self-Cleaning Glass—New Opportunities to the
                   Glass Industry, Akira Fujishima, Ph.D, Department of
                   Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo
June 16
9 – 11:50 a.m.  Presentations: Glass tempering, glazing trends, glass
                       processing and automotive glass
1:30 p.m.       Plenary Speaker, Michael Jardin, Renault, Developments
                       in Automobile Window Design
2 – 4:30 p.m.    Presentations: Glass tempering, glazing trends, glass
                       processing and automotive glass
5-6 p.m.         Poster and Glass Product Exhibition
7-8:30 p.m.   City Reception, Art Exhibition and Concert

June 17
9 – 11:40 a.m.   Presentations: Safety glass, technical developments
                            and applications, insulating glass and automotive glass
1:30 p.m.            Plenary Speaker, Hans Schober, Schlaich Bergermann
                            und Partner, Freeform Glass Structures
2 – 4:40 p.m.     Presentations: Safety glass, technical developments
                            and applications, insulating glass and automotive glass
5 –6 p.m.            Posters and Glass Product Exhibition
7:30-11:30 p.m. Conference Dinner

June 18
9 – 11:50 a.m.    Presentations: Glass innovations, glass architecture,
                             marketing and trends and automotive glass processing
1:30                     Plenary Speaker, Erich Trösch, Glas Trösch Holding AG
                            & Euroglas Vertriebs GmbH, World Record in Coated Glass
2 – 4:40 p.m.      Presentations: Glass innovations, glass architecture,
                             marketing and trends and automotiveglass processing
5 – 6 p.m.           Posters and Glass Product Exhibition
7 p.m. – 4 a.m.   Farewell Party 

Short on Nothing
For a little extra industry know-how, a number of short courses are scheduled to take place prior to the conference June 13-15 in Helsinki. The courses will offer detailed information about a variety of glass-related topics. Each course will focus on one specific subject. Topics covered include coated glass applications, diamond tools technology, screenprinting, low-E glass, cutting and grinding flat glass, architectural glass lamination, structural properties of laminated glass and many others.

For the Architect 
But it’s not just the glass industry that turns to GPD; this year the conference will also host a number of presentations geared toward the international community of architects and engineers.

This year, Stefan Behling of London’s Foster and Partners will talk about some of London’s latest designs and projects, as well as experimental glass constructions that are under development at the University of Technology in Stuttgart.

Another lecture will be led by Juhani Pallasmaa, a Finnish architect, who will discuss transparency and immateriality in architecture. 

Other topics that may be of interest to architects include double-glazed façade solutions, nanotechnology, self-cleaning glass, building envelope solutions for the future, laminated glass tubes as structural elements, safety glass issues, new products and more. 

A Time to Socialize
Just as GPD is known for its vast selection of technical/educational presentations, it is equally renown for its social and network venues. The event’s expansive social program is designed to not only offer a time to wind down and relax, but to also network and relish in the Finnish culture.

The social agenda gets underway on Sunday, June 15 with a get-together party. On the second evening a reception will be held in Tampere’s Vapriikki Museum followed by a classic concert. The third evening participants can enjoy modern Finnish cuisine during the official conference dinner.

The last evening’s festivities are often regarded as the conference’s high point, and this year’s event is sure to meet those standards as well. For this year’s theme think wild, wild west, as the farewell part will take place in a Wild Western village, complete with cowboys and Indians. 

See Finland 
And if you’re making your way all the way to Finland from the United States, you might as well spend a little extra time getting to know the country and the culture. To provide this opportunity a number of tours, cruises and activities have been organized. Lake cruises, walking tours and sightseeing by tour bus are just a few of what’s offered. Other activities include a golf tournament, fishing trips, tennis, a water-jet safari and a 4-wheel drive safari.

Getting to Tampere
SAS is the official airline of GPD. Tampere has an international airport, and SAS flies there direct from Helsinki. Direct flights on SAS are also available though Stockholm and Copenhagen on weekdays.

Bus and rail connections are available from Helsinki to Tampere, and travel time is approximately two hours. The train station and bus station are both located in the Helsinki city center and depart every hour. There is also a bus connection from the Helsinki airport to Tampere.

For more information on Tampere, visit www.tampere.fi. GPD organizers have blocked rooms in all major hotels. For detailed hotel information, visit ww.glassprocessingdays.com. 

Tampere Tidbits

So, you’re heading to Tampere. To better acquaint yourself with the city, here are a few fast facts you may be interested in.

• Tampere boasts a population of 198,429;
• The city is located 173 KM (107.5 miles) from Helsinki;
• Tampere is the largest inland city of the Nordic countries;
• Tampere has 16 twin cities around the globe, including Syracuse, N.Y.

Located in Southwestern Finland, Tampere is a city with much to offer. It is located on the rapids that connect Lakes Näsijärvi and Pyhäjärvi, and is the second largest city in Finland. 

Tampere is also known as a city of industry and education. Leading products produced there include textiles, paper, lumber, leather items and refined metals. It is also home to two universities and several other educational institutes. You’ll also find cultural outlets with numerous museums, parks to visit and lakes galore for fishing and boating activities.

To register for GPD 2003 visit www.glassprocessingdays.com.

Ellen Giard Chilcoat is the editor of USGlass magazine.




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