GlassBuild Provides Optimism for Year Ahead

September 20, 2010
Meetings & Events

Las Vegas, Nev.–Although still cautious, the industry appears to be getting more optimistic about 2011. At least that’s the perspective one could gather walking the floor of GlassBuild America here last week.

The annual event enjoyed a fairly strong turn-out, with more than 7,000 glass and window industry executives making their way to the Las Vegas Convention Center. "Window and door manufacturers are also saying it’s time,” noted Quanex Building Products' Gus Coppola, explaining that interest in adding product lines or new options was definitely on the increase.

Promoting software systems for both manufacturers and dealers, WTS Paradigm was one of many window and door industry exhibitors reporting a busy GlassBuild event.

 

GlassBuild 2010 Snapshots

A quick look at window and door industry offering in Las Vegas

That view was shared by many window and door industry exhibitors. “This was one of the best shows for Veka I can remember,” reported the extruder's Steve Dillon. “We’ve had bigger shows, but the people coming to our booth seemed more serious and ready to do something.”

“It’s been excellent,” said Royal Window & Door Profiles’ Ken Lazor. “We’re getting ready to roll out a number of new products. It’s getting us really excited about next year.”

As noted in last week’s report, much of the talk at the show focused on meeting R-5 and other increasingly stringent performance demands. That certainly wasn’t the only topic of discussion, however. Hardware suppliers were touting a variety of new products. Truth Hardware, the long-time manufacturer of hardware for windows and sliding doors, introduced its first product line for hinged patio doors, the Sentry multipoint locking system.  Designed to function more intuitively for North American customers than European systems, the new hardware received “real positive feedback from customers,” reported the company’s Matt Kottke.

Vision Hardware featured a wide array of new hardware products, including composite sash locks in a variety of metal finishes and an aftermarket window opening control device. Interlock USA highlighted the new Dr. Hahn line of door hinges the company now offers in the U.S. Ashland Hardware System focused on enhancements to its tilt/latch hardware system. New balance products were also highlighted by several suppliers, including Amesbury and Caldwell. New at John Evans’ Sons was a sideload constant force balance system for wood windows.

Window and door equipment suppliers typically have a stronger presence at GlassBuild America when it is held in Atlanta. A number of companies did bring new machines to Las Vegas, however, including Erdman Automation, Greller & Co., Peter Lisec and Joseph Machine. The Las Vegas show saw two lines of gas filling equipment make their debut too. Fenetech was showcasing the new OptiGas system, developed by Ohio-based Integrated Automation Systems, but also featuring Fenetech software. In its booth, Edgetech Inc. featured a machine from the UK’s Inagas, which it is now selling in North America. The gas-filling machine is more accurate and easier to use than most of the current alternatives on the market, noted Edgetech’s Mike Burk at the show. The Inagas equipment, as well as a variety of quality control and test devices from EDTM and Sparklike featured by Edgetech in Las Vegas, reflects the supplier’s commitment to helping their customers “make a better IG unit,” Burk added.

Amesbury was one of several hardware suppliers in Las Vegas featuring new balance systems.

GlassBuild also featured a number of new industry exhibitors. Making its North American debut was Gineri Technologies, a supplier of software for window and door manufacturers. Owens Corning was highlighting not a window product, but its AttiCat machine for adding a layer of insulation to attics. The system is said to offer all types of contractors, including window and door retailers, a new profit opportunity.

“Almost all our exhibitors provided positive feedback to this year’s show,” reports Denise Sheehan, VP of industry events for the National Glass Association, which organizes GlassBuild America. Overall, she reports the show, which ran September 14-16, featured 388 companies, including 76 first time exhibitors. In addition to the trade show itself, this year’s event featured the inaugural Window & Door Dealers Forum, organized by the Window & Door Dealers Alliance, and the fifth year of the Glazing Executives Forum, she notes.

“Sparked by strengthened customer connections, better than expected buying and selling opportunities, and exceptional best practices learning that will shape the industry in the days and months ahead, GlassBuild America stood tall in 2010 for those designing their own economy,” Sheehan adds. “Consistent with this year's theme of ‘Let's Roll Forward,’ GlassBuild set the stage for future growth in 2011.”

More detailed information on individual exhibitor offerings can be found in our GlassBuild 2010 Snapshots coverage. In addition, coverage of flat glass and commercial construction industry news from the event is available from Glass Magazine’s Web site.

Next year, GlassBuild America moves back to Atlanta, where it will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center from September 7-9.  More information on that event is available at www.glassbuildamerica.com.