More than a melody, it’s a cry of alarm.
It’s all true, for goodness sake, no one dare deny it. But it’s also true, and we are sure of this, that this is not the end of the world. Glass, in its myriad shapes and styles and its infinite uses, will continue to enhance the daily life of mankind, and will make it even more comfortable, safe and pleasant to inhabit. And our businesses, on the strength of a global leadership position acquired through their innovative skills and an unequaled technological predominance not easily usurped, will continue to provide the best manufacturers in the world with the most versatile glass processing machinery and accessories, designed to meet their needs.
This is not a wish, it’s a fact. Certified by the economic results for 2011 that Gimav published in June, and by its forecasts for 2012, which remain positive, though undoubtedly influenced by the strong performance of the first quarter. And especially substantiated by the determination with which our companies are facing this difficult task while ‘flying blind’. But, that still leaves considerable room for creativity and enterprising spirit. It’s this same spirit that will inspire the participation of Gimav and its member companies at Glasstec, and its orchestrated presentation of Vitrum 2013, an appointment that once again promises to be a decisive influence in the industry’s development over the next five years.