Powered by glasstec and staged for the first time in Düsseldorf, the record attendance of over 170 glassmakers, glass decorators and leading suppliers was 30% higher than at GlassPrint 2009. Attendees travelled from 32 different countries, not only from throughout mainland Europe and the United Kingdom but also from long distance destinations such as Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Guatemala, India, Iran, Japan, Korea, South Africa and USA.
The two-day conference programme was 30% larger than the last event, offering delegates 14 technical conference papers that covered the latest advanced technologies for decorating architectural, automotive and hollow glass with digital and screen applications.
In addition, four keynote addresses were made for both the flat and hollow sectors. Bo Lennart Nilsson, Plant Director at Ardagh’s Limmared plant in Sweden, looked at current and future challenges and opportunities in container glass in-line printing, while Bertrand Cazes, Secretary General of Glass for Europe, presented ‘Producing flat glass: providing nega-watts for a low-carbon economy’. Later, Dr Johann Overath, Director General of Bundesverband Glasindustrie e.V., examined the current situation and trends in the German glass industry and an update of glasstec 2012 was provided by Birgit Horn, project director at Messe Düsseldorf.
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“GlassPrint gives the real opportunity to get in a short time the latest updated information regarding printing on glass. Very valuable,” commented Olivier Dangmann of O-I about the 2011 event, while Arnaud Huignard confirmed that Saint-Gobain had been provided with a “rather good overview of the glass print technologies.”
The conference programme was supported by intervals dedicated to the accompanying tabletop exhibition and at the end of the first day, delegates benefited from networking with their peers and suppliers during an evening dinner. Exhibitors who displayed the latest developments in inks, pre-press technology, printing equipment and supplies included Cerinnov, Durst, Fermac, FERRO, Fimor, glasstec / Messe Düsseldorf, Global Inkjet Systems, Grünig-Interscreen, ISIMAT, ISRA Vision, KIWO (Kissel + Wolf), Machines Dubuit, Marabu, Natgraph, Ormo Print / University of Munich, Polytype, PPG, RUCO, Saati, Sefar, SIAK Transfers, Sun Chemical, Tecno 5, THIEME and Tiflex.
“The number of high quality contacts in this 2 days is top class,” enthused Simon Bornfleth of Marabu, and Alessandro Ghirardini said GlassPrint 2011 had provided Fermac with “quality meetings with high professionals - not to be missed...”.
SPONSORS AND ORGANISERS
GlassPrint 2011 was jointly organised by Chameleon Business Media, publisher of Glass Worldwide and Specialist Printing Worldwide, and ESMA, an association of European manufacturers of machinery and consumables for the specialist printing industry. As well as being powered by glasstec, in recognition of its importance in the global glass event calendar, other sponsors included Deutsche Glastechnische Gesellschaft (DGG), SGCDpro and the SGIA.
After confirming its status as Europe’s leading event for glass decoration, the organisers are already planning to repeat GlassPrint in 2013 and you can register your interest now at www.glassprint.org
Dave Fordham, Publishing and Events Director
Chameleon Business Media Ltd, East Grinstead, West Sussex, UK
tel: + 44 1342 315032