Fensterbau Opens Today in Germany

March 24, 2010
Meetings & Events

Nuremberg, Germany—Window and door executives from around the world have gathered to see the latest in equipment and components as Fensterbau/Frontale opens here today. More than 760 exhibitors, introducing new machines, hardware, profiles, fill more 10 halls at the Nürnberg Messe.

Veka's display includes a window incorporating vacuum glazing.

A walk through the show's halls suggests that demand for increased energy efficiency continues to gain momentum in Europe. While triple-glazed windows and profile systems are not new at this show, they appear to be more prevalent this year. Other advanced glazing technologies are on display, including a Veka window system design incorporating vacuum insulating glass. Fensterbau also continues to attract more suppliers of commercial glazing systems.

In the equipment arena, a wide range of wood, vinyl and aluminum processing machines are on hand. One area receiving more attention on the automation front this year are glazing machines, evident in a number of booths. Certainly the most unique machine on display is being shown by Kaban Makina of Turkey. The unit consists of four four-point vinyl welders that rotate around on a carousel.

Among the new exhibitors coming to Fensterbau for the first time is EDTM, which is partnering with C.R. Laurence of Europe to show its line of testing and measuring devices for glass coatings. Glasslam NGI is promoting its warm-edge foam spacer as well as its technology decorative glass door panels. Paddock Fabrications, a British manufacturer of multipoint locks, which launched its line in North America last year, is showing here for the first time as it looks to expand European sales also.

Kaban Makina's machine incorporating four welders mounted onto a carousel.

Fensterbau/Frontale is held in conjunction with Holz-Handwerk, a woodworking equipment event. At the last edition, the combined shows attracted more than 100,000 visitors. Martin Urban of Urban Machinery expects fairly good attendance this year also. While certain international markets, such as Russia, Britain and the U.S. continue to struggle, the Central European market, including Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Poland, is gaining momentum, he reports.

Next week, look for a full report on Fensterbau, including more details on new introductions and news of global trends.