The opening address will be delivered by Mr. Artur Ulens, CEO of Glaverbel. The topic that sets the tune for the Conference is Shifting Markets Appealing for Innovative Glass Products.
The structure of this special Conference has been adjusted to provide maximum exposure to the practical requirements of the glass business. The agenda is built around the processing and use of architectural and automotive glass. The proportion of case studies in the program has been clearly expanded for the specific purpose of providing participants with practical experiences and proven solutions that will enhance day-to-day operations. Special attention is paid to quality, logistics, processing and business efficiency. Poster sessions are in progress for the entire duration of the Conference. The special purpose of the poster and exhibition modules is to provide opportunities for the presentation of new innovations and procedures and obtain immediate feedback from the expert audience in attendance.
- The Organizing Committee and Session Chairmen have had a tough job in selecting speakers, session chairmen and special addresses from an unusually high class offering, says Jorma Vitkala, Chairman of the Glass Processing Days Conference. We are particularly pleased in offering the opening address by Mr Artur Ulens of Glaverbel, and the contributions provided by Ms Ann Vereecke of the Vlerick Leuven Management School and Mr Nick Limb of the Ducker Research Company, Inc. Ms Vereecke bases her presentation on a current study of the supply chain in the glass industry in comparison with other industries. Mr Nick Limb provides an overview of the Evolution of the Global Architectural Glass market in the time period 1990-2010.
Businesses, products and processes
The unique concept of the Glass Processing Days gives participants the benefit of hearing current findings that affect the industry first hand with ample opportunities for follow-up discussions and networking with lecturers and attendants. The highlighting of case studies covering business operations, products and processes is strongly in the focus of the upcoming Conference. Practical experiences illustrate how innovative fine-tuning of the process can bring substantial productivity benefits. A case in point is the presentation by John Gilleeney of AGI Glass (Pty) Ltd. who demonstrates the immediate economical and technical benefits that were gained from a new logical approach in the set up of processing tempered laminated glass products. His title is dramatic: How to prevent an Architect's Dream from becoming a Processors Nightmare.
A special architectural contribution from the AIA/CES
The GPD program includes a special presentation by Mr Thomas Lowther, Director of the American Institute of Architects/CES entitled Trends of Marketing Opportunities through Professional Development. Arrangements have also been made for participating architects to qualify for continuing professional education AIA/CES credits from attending GPD lectures fulfilling the specific requirements of the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Guidelines. A special form for AIA members will be made available for completion and submission to the educational provider for credits requested. For companies operating in glass industry this special architectural focus will also provide an excellent opportunity to learn how architects pursue their professional development and gain state-of-the-art insights into the glass business.
As usual the Glass Processing Days proceedings will be well documented in written and electronic form and made available at www.glassfiles.com . The special advantage of on-location participants is the opportunity to share experiences and thoughts with leading experts and colleagues on a decision and policy-making level. The timing of the Conference from Friday June 17th to Monday June 20th minimizes the loss of job-time and maximizes the opportunities for interaction between participants at formal as well as informal gatherings.