|GlassOnWeb.com 10th Anniversary|
|Ten years of activity, more than 50 thousand registered companies, 750 technical articles, a news section updated daily since 2001 and a rich Business Area with an ever-moving Forum section.|
|Thanks to its qualitative and quantitative growth GlassOnWeb.com has become the first portal dedicated to the glass field in the world (according to qualified sources such as Alexa).
Officially launched during Vitrum 2001 fair, it was born from the original idea of its founder. Robert Miklus put together his entrepreneurial culture, his glass sector knowledge and his passion for the internet and its new technologies to offer a cutting edge tool for the use of glass professionals worldwide; an easy and intuitive tool which puts in contact supply and demand while offering a constant update of contemporary glass industry news.
In 10 years GlassOnWeb.com gained the confidence of glass industry leaders, who used it as a business tool from the beginning. GlassOnWeb.com has constantly increased their global sales and reputation.
Interview with the founder Robert Miklus
How did you come up with the idea of founding GlassOnWeb.com?
I've always been an internet user and I've always trusted in its potential as a business tool. I also come from a family who has been operating in the glass sector for more than 30 years. Putting the two things together that I love the most to launch a web portal dedicated to the glass sector was nearly a natural consequence, but not a choice without uncertainties. Ten years ago there were the technological instruments to realize my idea, but the public were not fully prepared to accept the changes coming from the use of internet technologies which would radically change their way of working.
In your opinion, how has the use of the internet and its new technologies changed in ten years?
In ten years it has changed radically, but the impressive fact is how much it is going to change in the near future. The progress in this field is not more measured in years but rather in months... Now more than ever, people use the internet to sell and to buy products or services. If we think of the glass sector and of its developments, we become perfectly aware of the importance of the internet. Glass professionals use it daily to search for information on the newest types of glass, their applications and specialists who are able to provide technical support. The internet allows for an enormous expansion in a business’s sphere of activity to find products, services, information from the ends of the earth in a few seconds; this was unthinkable just a few years ago.
You know the glass field very well. What is the future for glass in your opinion and above all what is the future for the use of the internet by glass professionals in the light of the current financial crisis that we have been experiencing for the past 3 years?
This is not an easy period from many points of view, but glass has some undoubtable advantages: first of all it is in high demand because of its energy savings proprieties and its ease of use. On the other hand the internet, in a global market is a necessary tool to orient oneself among the supply and demand to easily find what you are looking for: services, products or information.
Do you have something in store for GlassOnWeb.com?
This year GlassOnWeb.com celebrates its 10th anniversary; we are working hard to improve the web portal and to expand it online, from the developments of the glass sector, including an emerging energy saving theme, to the internet’s potential offered through social networks.
GlassOnWeb.com year after year
From left to right: Benjamin Žagar, Robert Miklus, Katarina Rehar
From left to right: Lara Arh, Robert Miklus, Federico Nanut, Benjamin Žagar, Damir Sečki, Katarina Rehar
From left to right: Lara Arh, Eleonora Sartori, Damir Sečki, Robert Miklus, Katarina Rehar, Benjamin Žagar
Last review: October, 2011
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