What Did You See at GlassBuild America?

John G. Swanson
September 17, 2013
THE TALK... | Markets & Trends

Due to some health limitations, I missed my first GlassBuild America this year. It left me feeling a bit isolated, I must say, knowing so much of the industry–and so many friends–were down in Atlanta, while I was stuck at home in New York. I'm sorry I missed the chance to say hi to so many of you, but I'm definitely in recovery mode and plan to be back on the road again soon.

Window & Door maintained a full staff of reporters at the event, with assistance from our sister publication, Glass Magazine.  Our online coverage ths week includes an overview report, photo highlights and continuing new product coverage.  But I also thought I'd take this opportunity to reach out directly to trade show attendees to see what new products, components, equipment and services for the residential window and door market were generating the most buzz. What new products or services do you think are most likely to have the biggest impact on window and door companies in the next few years? Please post a comment and share your thoughts.

Survey Results as of 09/24/2013:


What types of products do you foresee having the most positive impact on your business in the next few years?

New glass technologies





New equipment





New software





New framing systems





New finish options





New hardware





New glass technologies apparently captured the attention of many attendees at GlassBuild America this year. No doubt, some of the products of interest were new coated glasses designed to help manufacturers meet Energy Star Version 6 requirements with double-glazed windows. Of course, the show has also seen a steady increase in dynamic glazing products on display in recent years. While most suppliers of such products seem more focused on commercial and institutional applications, perhaps interest is growing in residential applications too.

Window and door makers traditionally come to GlassBuild America to see new equipment, and that was certainly true this year, as companies looked to upgrade or add new machines to meet growing demand. Among the noteworthy introductions in Atlanta was GED's new robotic corner cleaner, said to deliver higher quality, greater flexibility and reduced cycle times. 

Personally, I thought new software would score higher, given the fast pace of development in smart phone and tablet technology overall. I would think more window and door manufacturers would be looking to harness these technologies in their production, logistics, sales and service operations. 

I'd still like to hear your reports, and remember exhibitors, we have continuing coverage of new products introduced in Atlanta.  If you're not included, you're more than welcome to submit press releases, descriptive info and digital images to  jswanson@glass.org


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You were definitely missed, but in the larger scheme of things, taking time to fully recover is far more important than another trade show... even if it was GlassBuild!

The trend toward bigger and bigger doors continues, as do the designs that include folding, accordion and frames with more than two tracks. Now, if someone could focus on an affordable screen for these wide openings.

There was some interesting equipment there, and anything that helps improve quality and throughput is worth a second look. "Gee whiz!" is nice, but only if it's a bonafide improvement.

Best of luck as you continue to improve!

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