Volume 50, Issue 12 - December 2015


GlassCon Global To Be Held in Boston July 2016

Make plans now to attend GlassCon Global 2016, an educational conference and technical symposium bringing together all segments of the design/build and construction industries. Registration is now open for the event, taking place July 6-9 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel in Boston. This international event is dedicated to the exploration and advancement of architectural glass and glazing technology and products. It is administered by FCA International and brings architects, designers, engineers, academics and students together with glass and glazing contractors to explore the latest in glass research, design and application.

The event will feature more than 40 technical presentations and will provide CES credits for AIA members.

General conference registration is now open, and early bird discounts currently apply. For the best pricing, register online by December 31, 2015 at glassconglobal.com/registration. Additional discounts apply for groups of three or more in the same registration community. Contact registrar@glassconglobal.com for more information.

Attendees can also make hotel reservations at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. A discounted room rate of $209 per night (plus tax) for GlassCon Global 2016 attendees will be available through Wednesday, June 15, 2016, on a first-come, first-served basis. To book a hotel room, visit www.glassconglobal.com/lodging and click the
“Reserve Your Room Today” button or call 877/901-6632 and request a room for GlassCon Global.


Vitrum Offers a Look at New Innovations and Technologies

Visitors traveled from around the world to Milan, Italy, where the 19th staging of Vitrum took place October 6-9.

Doug Mangus, machinery sales director with Winston Salem, N.C.-based Salem Distributing, said Vitrum featured the latest offerings for new technology in machinery and processing.

“The emphasis remains on bringing more and more automation into the glass fabrication environment,” he said. “Adding this new technology will greatly enhance productivity, promote safety in the workplace, and allow human assets to be repurposed in a more advanced position on the shop floor.”

Michael Spellman, president of IGE Solutions in Jupiter, Fla., said the show is always a great event for his team to attend.

“It is an opportunity for us to meet with all our appreciated manufacturers with a few valued customers thrown in,” he said.

As far as some of the equipment, Spellman said the water filtration system Vitro-Sep was popular. “Also in the same booth, the back paint machine known as Picasso created amazing interest.” Both are Spanish companies and distributed exclusively through IGE.

Michael Schmidt with Forel North America said that traffic was light from a North American perspective, but had “a definite focus and accentuation of decorative processes/products, which is much like the Italian fashion expertise.”

Dan DeGorter, with U.S. distributor DeGorter, agreed that attendance was light, particularly the first two days, but did pick up on the third.

Fenzi featured a number of innovations. One area of focus was the Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) market, which includes parabolic mirrors as a primary component. Fenzi is involved in the production chain for CSP systems as a primary supplier of Duralux Solar Coatings, a line of solar mirror coatings engineered to ensure extremely high levels of chemical resistance to corrosion and UV radiation and very high resistance to abrasion.

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