Glasstec '16 Recap - Part I One does not simply digest all of Glasstec in one bite

It was that time again, the return of the glass and glazing industry's largest trade show; Glasstec. Held at the massive Messe Dusseldorf trade fair grounds, this year was bigger and bolder than many could remember. After the last few events, since the global recessions, many of us wondered if and when the market would roar back. This seemed to be the year. More cool products, bigger and bolder stands, and more people attending than we have seen in quite a while.

Chris Fronsoe ponders the fun to come.

The start is always a bit rocky, flying in from the US and immediately hitting setup day. It is so amazing to see machinery coming in from all over the globe and booths going up, a chaotic mess, eventually to rise clean and put together on day one of the show.

The chaos of setup day, boxes and palettes...

ICD has attended Glasstec for over 30 years. In that time we have seen many changes in the glass industry, some starting in North America and moving across the globe but with most advancements moving from Europe towards the United States and Canada and innovations. 2016 did not disappoint when it came to new things for the industry. From fully autonomous robots for running a glass plant to amazing decorative glass options. To see a more detailed look at what made the news, check out the following recaps from media and industry pundits.

Russ, Abe and Chris clean samples and ready the booth for Day 1.

In Part II, our products that "wow'd" the crowd and why our booth was so busy...

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