Volume 43, Issue 1 - January 2008

2008 in Beijing: Aiming for the Gold 
  A Preview of China Glass 2008

by Megan Headley

2008 is set to be a big year for Beijing. The city has been making preparations for some time now in anticipation of a major event: China Glass 2008.Perhaps most people think first about the fast-approaching 2008 Olympics, to be held August 8-24 in Beijing, but members of the glass industry are preparing their journey to see the latest products and technology launched overseas. China Glass 2008 will be held at the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing, April 10-13, 2008. The exhibition will cover an unprecedented 538,195 square feet and eight exhibit halls in its nineteenth year.

According to show organizers, the Chinese Ceramic Society, last year’s exhibition in Shanghai drew 707 exhibitors from 24 countries—235 of those exhibitors being international companies—and 34,392 attendees from more than 100 countries. 

An Array of Products
Event organizers say the show will feature all types of glass products, from architectural and decorative glass, fenestration and hardware fittings to industrial and specialty glass and hollow glassware. In addition, attendees will be able to find equipment for glass processing and production.

The exhibit is expected to provide information in the following areas: 

  • Machines and technology for large safety glass;

  • Handling systems and transport vehicles for moving large lites to construction locations;

  • Cullet recycling systems and technology;

  • Machinery and technology to produce specialty glass, such as insulating, laminated, coated, low-E, fire-resistant, solar and self-cleaning glass; and 

  • Annealing lehrs and technology.

For more information about the event, visit www.ceramsoc.com.

GPD China Focuses on Climate Change
While in Beijing, many industry professionals also will take in the educational offerings from Glass Performance Days (GPD) China 2008. The conference will be held just before China Glass on April 8-9 at the Hotel Kunlun. Speakers will address the theme of “Climate Change and the Glass Industry.”

The conference will offer practical and processing sessions with hands-on presentations and case studies on topics such as production efficiency, handling and processing coated glass and laminating and tempering. For the first time, a float glass session has been introduced due to the increased participation of glass manufacturers seen in the two previous GPD China conferences. The session will address cooling, cutting and quality inspection; float handling, transport and services; material and machinery supplies; melting and simulations; and process control systems. A session on architectural, facade and market trends will ask how new designs or processes can affect the use of glass. It will also address what architects and facade builders want from glass processors and what new glass technology can be offered. 

For more information about GPD China, visit www.gpd.fi

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