On a global scale, the demand for flat glass is forecast to advance 6.6% per annum to nearly 10 billion square metres in 2018, valued at USD$102 billion, according to a study by Freedonia Group, Inc. Closer to home, the Asia-Pacific region has been observed to be the largest regional market for flat glass, accounting for over 50% of global demand.
The region is also expected to see the fastest gains through 2018, benefitting from the presence of the fastest-growing national markets for flat glass on an international scale.
As such, the Glasstech Asia series will return to local shores after eight years to make its 15th presentation from 22 – 24 November 2017, at Marina Bay Sands Singapore. This trade exposition will feature innovative glass products, manufacturing and processing technologies as well as key knowledge platforms for an all-rounded experience.
Singapore is located at the heart of Asian trade routes, offering unparalleled connectivity as one of the world’s top transportation hubs for sea and air cargo. The island-city is also the world’s fourth largest financial hub, conducting 30% of all Asian trading.
Singapore offers a first-class business environment as well and has been named the world’s easiest place to do business for eight consecutive years by the World Bank.
Glasstech Asia 2017 will also incorporate the 12th Hollow Glass Asia 2017, a specialised international exhibition for the hollow glass manufacturing, machinery, equipment and glass products industry, as well as the second edition of Fenestration Asia 2017, the international windows, doors, skylights, curtain walls and façade technology exhibition.
Fenestration Asia 2017 will place focus on industry standards in sustainability, automation, comfort and energy-efficiency to match the increasing demand for windows, doors, façade, as well as related services and accessories.
Together, these exhibitions co-organised by the Singapore Glass Association (SGA) and Conference & Exhibition Management Services Pte Ltd (CEMS) are expected to feature 200 exhibitors from 15 countries over 10,000 square meters gross exhibiting space and see 5,000 visitors through its doors over the three-day event.
At least two key knowledge platforms will also be held in conjunction with the exhibition: the Asia Architectural Glass Conference 2017 and the Glass Processing Conference 2017.
Edward Liu, PBM, Group Managing Director of CEMS said, “Glass is shaping the local design landscape, addressing stakeholders’ demand for aesthetics and green architecture.
Glasstech Asia 2017 aims to connect global glass industry players to local architects, builders, contractors, developers, engineers, and facility managers, and showcase glass trends like self-cleaning glass products and insulated glazing glass, to help trade professionals in their design decisions.”
Through this synergistic presentation of exhibition and conference, the preferred sourcing platform for architectural glass and processing needs will prove to be an integral gathering of industry players such as glass processors, architects, contractors, developers and engineers to network, unlock and engage in new business opportunities.
More importantly, it would value-add to the interconnected glass manufacturing and processing streams of the industry as well.