Volume 40,   Issue 9                    September  2005

Returning Home
Vitrum Moves Back into the City of Style
by Peter Cabrera

Vitrum comes home again to the Milan Fairgrounds this year from October 5-8, 2005, and organizers say that interest is more spirited than ever. Approximately 440 exhibitors are expected to take over the lower levels of pavilions 14 and 15 and both levels of pavilion 16 for the show. Organizers say Vitrum 2005 will aim to once again bring together the latest in the machinery, equipment and systems for the processing of flat, bent and hollow glass.
International presence is expected to be stronger than ever at the 14th Vitrum trade fair.

Organizers estimate that the featured companies will represent more than 30 different countries from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, North and South America. Visiting international professionals are also expected in high numbers from Eastern Europe and especially from Russia.

About the City
Known as Italy’s economic driving force, Milan is a city that exemplifies a “work-hard, play-hard” outlook. It is the home of more banks than any other Italian city, as well as the country’s stock market. Milan is also the city of origin to some of the world’s most sought after (and expensive) designer labels and competes with Paris as the fashion capital of the world. Shopping may well be the official pastime of the city, with shops and boutiques spread throughout the entirety of the sprawling downtown. As for the social life, nightclubs and bars abound in the neighborhoods that fan out from the city center. 

History also emanates throughout the city. At the city’s center is the massive Duomo, one of the largest gothic cathedrals in the world. Although Milan has purchased more art than it has produced, it is home to the work of more than a few famous artists, including da Vinci’s Last Supper. When in Milan, it’s not uncommon to find yourself strolling through the favorite spots of some of history’s great composers and artists.

The Duomo
Marking the center of the city, the Duomo is one of the world’s largest cathedrals. The Duomo combines both Gothic and baroque styles and took almost five centuries to construct. In its finished stage, the Duomo boasts 135 spires and 3,400 statues.

A trip to the roof reveals a breathtaking view of the city below. The roof is also the resting spot of the gilded statue of the Virgin Mary, La Madonnina, who has watched over the city since 1774. The roof can be reached by taking the stairs or by elevator.

Pinacoteca di Brera
You can thank Napoleon for bringing together what is now the greatest collection of northern Italian artwork in the world at the Pinacoteca di Brera. The grand palace once served as the emperor’s repository for the artwork he confiscated from public and private owners throughout the country. 

Now the collection also includes extensive works from the 20th century. Here Andrea Mantegna’s Dead Christ, Raphael’s Betrothal of the Virgin and Piero della Francesca’s Madonna with Saints can all be admired under the same roof. Napoleon’s love for the schools of Venice is clearly seen through the displays of Jacopo Tintoretto, Caravaggio and Canaletto, which mark the final rooms of the museum.

The Museo Teatrale alla Scala
While temporarily located in a building just past the Last Supper at Corso Magenta 71, the Museo Teatrale still contains a wealth of operatic nostalgia. The Teatro alla Scala is the former home of such musical geniuses as Maria Callas, Arturo Toscanini and Giuseppe Verdi, formerly the house composer. The opera house is considered by some to be the single most important opera house in the world. The museum has on display original scores, historic gramophones and record players, and even a lock of Mozart’s hair. 

Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology
If your time at Vitrum has made you tech-crazy and craving more, there is somewhere you can turn to quench your thirst for innovative ideas. The airplanes, submarines and other engineering spectacles strike a unique contrast with the surrounding monastery. Many of the cloisters have been transformed into charming recreations of the workshops that were the birthplace of some of Italy’s greatest innovations.

The highlight of this tribute to Leonardo da Vinci, Italy’s greatest inventor, is the great selection of working models of his inventions. Many of these engineering marvels only ever journeyed from the genius’s mind to his parchment, never realizing physical form during da Vinci’s lifetime.

New at Vitrum 2005
There’s something for professionals in every area of the industry, so take a look at some of what there is to be seen this year on the show floor.

Pleasing Palettes
The Fenzi Group of Tribiano MI, Italy, will display its entire range of backing paints for mirrors, sealants for insulating glass, enamels and accessories for glass processing. 

Fenzi will place special emphasis on Decover, a new line of paints for the cold decoration of glass. According to the company, the Decover line enables special effects and a sanded appearance, features an extensive palette and can be used for applications on large lites and for coloring shaped parts and glass tiles. Continuous or static convection furnaces can be used for firing, and paints intended for glass processors can be applied by spraying, screen printing or by roller and fog coating. 

The new line also features the Tintoglass System which uses a colorimetric mixing machine. More information will be available at the Fenzi stand, hall 15 I, stand D 12 – E 13.

Chinese Ceramic Society Offers a Variety of Machinery
The members of the Chinese Ceramic Society of Beijing, China, will feature a variety of new technologies this year. For information about the Society itself, check out stand E80 in hall 15/II.

Luoyang Mingte Glass Technology Co. Ltd. (stand E78, hall 15/II) will show its double-curvature glass tempering furnace and laminating equipment for flat and bent glass. A series of synthetic diamond grinding tools for glass will be on display from Guilin Champion Union Diamond Co. Ltd. (stand D89, hall 15/II) while Advanced Technology and Materials Co. Ltd will display its own selection of diamond tools next door in stand D90.

Shenzhen Juisun Screen Printing Machine Co. Ltd. will feature both automatic and semiautomatic versions of its screen-printing machinery and auxiliary equipment. Machines for the straight-line edging, circle edging and tempering of glass will be available from Foshan Shunde Golive Machinery Co. Ltd. and Foshan Shunde Lunjiao South Glass Technology Co. Ltd. (stand D93 and D95, hall 15/II).

Convenience and Utility from Costruzioni Meccaniche Besana
Costruzioni Meccaniche Besana (CMB) of Milan, Italy, will present a variety of new drills, including a new vertical drill and workstation. CMB will also show its new single-unit, double-edging machine, featuring 10-cup wheels. The company will top it off with a variety of other vertical grinding, polishing and mitering machines.

CMB will be in stand I12 in hall 15/I.

Heating Things Up
Tamglass Inc. of Tampere, Finland, will feature a new high convection furnace dedicated to the tempering of super low-E products. 

According to company information, the heating system features ultra speed convection blower technology that allows for a 50 percent increase in capacity over traditional furnaces.

The company says that the location of the convection booster units has been moved outside of the furnace to facilitate maintenance.

You can find Tamglass in hall 14, stands C24, C34, B25, B49 and A37.

Glasstech Features New Lines
Glasstech, of Perrysburg, Ohio, will feature several new systems.

The EPB-SL™ external press bending system is designed for the bending and tempering of sidelites and roof lites. The EPB system is capable of performing cylindrical-, complex- and compound-shaped parts as well as both symmetrical and asymmetrical parts. The machines use the FanRoll system that Glasstech says reduces the final press motion and decreases cycle time. The EPB-SL can also be configured for the processing of different sized parts.

According to company information, the FCH2™ architectural flat-glass tempering system is capable of producing a 50 percent decrease in process costs and 25 percent decrease in cycle times through the use of gas-fired forced convection. The system is designed for use with clear or coated glass, including hard- and soft-coated low-E glass.

Glasstech will also feature new wider versions of the CRB-A™ cylindrical radius bending and tempering system and the Tight Radius Cylindrical Bending and Tempering System™. Both are now available as a 1,500-mm system. Visit Glasstech in hall 15, stand C37.

What to Eat
Milan is truly a city where it is possible to eat out every night and never have the same thing twice. Milan’s signature dish, the Risotto Milanese, is a creamy concoction of rice and saffron and is available at many of the city’s popular restaurants. While the regional cuisine is not to be missed, Milan is also known for offering a large selection of tastes from many distant shores. Plan on making reservations ahead of time to ensure a seat at the following restaurants. Be forewarned, dinners in Milan start much later than they do in the states.
Piazza Wagner

Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Milan’s most popular food market is held at the Piazza Wagner west of the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The smells of delectable treats fill the air of the indoor market with stalls set up around the outside for dining in the plaza.

La Milanese
La Milanese, opened in 1933, is one of Milan’s oldest and most traditional restaurants. Diners share long tables in the three-beamed dining room and are treated to a view of one of the oldest of the city’s streets. Giuseppe Villa, owner and cook, serves up the trademark dishes in classical fashion. Highlights include the risotto alla Milanese, costolette alla Milanese, a fried and buttered bone-in veal dish, and a minestrone served warm in the winter and room temperature during the summer months. The option of choosing a half-portion of two different entrees is also available.

Address: Via Santa Marta 11, tel. 02-8645-1991

Sarla Indian Restaurant
The exclusive looking exterior betrays the simple elegance of the atmosphere inside of this exotic choice. If you’re new to Indian cuisine, the serving staff will help you get a feel for the various fresh spices and seasonings used in the diverse menu. The view through the transparent wall into the kitchen will give you something exciting to look at while listening to the live sitar music offered Tuesday through Saturday. If you’re lucky, you may catch one of Milan’s local instructors performing Bharata Natyam, the 2,500 year old Indian dance used to tell stories solely through body emotion and facial expressions.

Address: Via G. Stampa 4, tel. 02-8909-5538

Combining the best of design and fine cuisine, two things that Milan leads the world in, this Japanese restaurant is owned and designed by none other than Giorgio Armani. Catching famous celebrities enjoying this up-scale eatery’s “sushi happy hour” is a common occurrence. The prices on the menu reflect the high-class ambience, but so does the delicious food. Nobu features a variety of traditional Japanese dishes with a South American flare. 

Address: Via Pisoni 1, tel. 02-6231-6245

Alistair’s Vini e Cucina
Owned by the English chef Alistair Parkin, this unique blend of cultures offers tantalizing dishes from both England and Italy. The atmosphere is unique, bringing together a combination of varied styles. Fish and Chips served with Guinness is the restaurant’s most popular dish, but everything on the menu is prepared with style and worth trying. While rumored that Parkin started the restaurant just to show that an English chef could start a successful English restaurant in the heart of an Italian city, you’d be wise not to pass up a chance to eat at his fine establishment.

Address: Via Tadino ang. via Castaldi Milano, tel. 02-2951-9840

What to Wear
You can only resist for so long. If you go to Milan, you will shop. But when you finally give in, Milan will not disappoint. The city’s shopping offerings are among the world’s finest, and many of the city’s best destinations are a treat just to walk through. Normal shopping hours are between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and again from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. when most of the shops are open.

The Golden Quadrilateral
Located just north of the Duomo, the Quadrilatero d’Oro, made up of Via Montenapoléone, Della Spiga, Via Borgospesso and Via Sant’Andrea, is the place to find Milan’s fashion elite. Don’t worry if the prices are too close to your mortgage payment to justify buying anything, window-shopping is one of the most popular activities in this area of the city.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II 
One example of a shopping experience that also provides a treat for the senses is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Its iron and glass construction is one of the first in the country, dating back to 1865, and the all-glass roof is something to take in while sipping an espresso at one of the many cafes that line the mall’s main shopping strip.

Il Savagente and DMagazine
DMagazine is situated in line with the high-end boutiques, but offers greatly discounted prices on designer overstock. A few blocks east of the Quadrilateral along Corso XXII Marzo, Il Savagente offers a chance to shop for designer clothing at more modest wholesale prices. 

Multifaceted Innovations
Glassrobots of Pirkkala, Finland, will feature bending, tempering and laminating technologies. 

Glassrobots will also feature the RoboTemp™ multi-convection flat tempering machine. According to company information, the new machine uses forced convection and indirect radiation and can be used for tempering value-added glass, coated solar and low-E glass.
The Rainbowmaker TSF™ line of bending and tempering systems for architectural, cylindrical and spherical bends has now been extended to eight members. 

Glassrobots will be located in hall 15 II, stand C47.

Featuring from For.El …
The Italian machinery manufacturer For.El will be exhibiting at Vitrum demonstrating its latest technologies and innovations.

Included as part of its new line-up will be an automatic SuperSpacer® applicator that is designed to apply the spacer to the peripheral edge of the glass in a continuous stream.

A hot melt automatic sealing machine and a semiautomatic edge breaking machine will be on display as well. According to the company, the edge breaking machine can cut pre-etched lites of laminated glass that measure 110 mm.

Other equipment lines For.El plans to demonstrate include its automatic vertical cutting line for laminated glass, its automatic butyl rubber extrusion plant and its automatic arising machine.

For.El will be located in hall 14/I, stands C01, C19-E04.

The Complete Package from Lisec
The Lisec Group of Companies of Hausmening, Austria, will feature complete project solutions with machines for cutting, edging, arris grinding and sorting with different degrees of automation. The company will also show vertical machines for water jet cutting and edging as well as the production and sealing of insulated glass. 

Lisec will also feature its software solutions from Lisec Software for business administration, organization and the overall control of automatic production plants. Lisec will be located in stands L12 – N13 in hall 15/I.

The Author:
Peter Cabrera is an editorial intern for USGlass magazine.

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