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October 30, 2012
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glasstec 2012 reflects attendees' positive outlook amidst economic uncertainty

The mood among many of the 43,000 attendees at glasstec 2012 was positive, despite uncertainties surrounding the global economy and glass market. While the European and Chinese segments show signs of softening, exhibitors reported increasing confidence and strength in the long-stagnant North American market.


glasstec 2012: The event in pictures
The world's largest trade show, glasstec/solarpeq, took place October 23-26 in Dusseldorf, Germany, where new glass technologies and equipment took up nine exhibit halls. View extensive photo galleries of the show floor. 

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glassblog
New glass in the age of overcapacity
By Nicole Harris
One of the many remarkable things about the world’s largest glass industry trade show is how all-encompassing it is. Every means of transforming glass into value-added products is found in glasstec’s nine halls and the booths of its 1,162 exhibitors. This includes flat glass, container glass and even art glass.
From the fabricator: SmackDown week
By Max Perilstein
In one week, the Department of Energy and the United States Green Building Council both got taken to task in the media, and it was like a blogging Hanukah for me, with each day bringing a different gift of much needed criticism.
Product Spotlight
MirroView

Pilkington North America introduced MirroView, a product designed to conceal the appearance of television displays and video screens. According to a release, it conceals the screen by turning it into a normal mirror when the screen is ‘off’. The image shows through the mirror when the screen is ‘on.’ Read more...

Great Glazing
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission


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Progress Glass
Fire-rated glass and framing supplier:
Safti First

The new 277,000-square-foot San Francisco Public Utilities Commission building is slated to achieve a LEED Platinum rating from the United States Green Building Council, due in part to its daylight harvesting. As part of the daylighting design, the building incorporates a fully transparent, interior, two-hour fire-rated glass stairwell enclosure that spans 14 floors. Read more...

 
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