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glasstec Update International Conference: “Carbon Neutrality with Glass”

Thursday, February 24, 2022

In the International Year of Glass, the glass industry will celebrate a long-awaited reunion in Dusseldorf, Germany, from 20–23 September 2022. The sector had to wait four years to once again experience the wide range of exhibitors on the topics of glass production/manufacturing technology, glass processing and finishing, for numerous glass products and applications as well as a unique and extensive supporting programme from industry and science. On the basis of in-depth conversations with experts from all stages of the value chain, five global trend themes were identified. They are considered essential for the future development of the glass industry as well as for our society as a whole. These are:

Climate (emission reduction and renewable energies)
Urbanisation (future-proof architecture with glass)
Value (sustainable value chain)
Resources (efficient and sustainable use of resources)
Wellbeing (improved quality of life through glass).

“These mega trends will be in focus in the conference rooms, at the special show areas as well as at exhibitors’ stands. This means we will provide the glass industry with a unique spectrum of innovative future solutions and information as well as the opportunity to expand their personal network in the global world of glass,” said Birgit Horn, Project Director of glasstec. “At the beginning of the year registration figures are comparable with 2018 levels – i.e. before the pandemic. This is a positive signal sent by the glass industry, considering the latest event was one of the most successful ones we had at the homebase in Düsseldorf,” added Birgit Horn. Both national and international testimonials supporting this positive trend are featured on the glasstec exhibitor site with the motto “Let’s go Live”. However, it is still possible to register at the trade fair as an exhibitor at

The special show glass technology live (gtl) will be organised by the university network of the four Technical Universities of Darmstadt/DE, Delft/NL, Dortmund/DE and Dresden/DE. Students from a wide range of disciplines and the industry will again amaze visitors and fuel discussions with their mock-ups and innovative glass structures. The first of several glass technology live videos will shortly be released online providing exclusive insights into the details and plans for the upcoming edition of glass technology live. The videos will be available on the glass technology live-Website and the glasstec social media channels.

The glasstec conference combines harnesses industry know-how from theory and practice in the context of the five trend themes. Every day, glasstec 2022 visitors can find out about the current developments and trends in the sessions on Glass Production, Processing Technology and Products. Currently, companies are invited to apply for a speaking slot at the conference with glasstec’s call for papers. Also forming an integral part of the line-up of supporting program, is the international Architecture Congress. This year it will be held once again in cooperation with the Chamber of Architects North Rhine-Westphalia/DE on the Thursday of the trade fair (22 September, CCD Ost) under the heading: “Weitblick. Zukunftsfähige Architektur mit Glas” (Foresight. Future-Proof Architecture with Glass). 

The morning sessions of the glasstec conference agenda at a glance: 

Tuesday, 20 September: glass processing and finishing: New processing options and technologies

Wednesday, 21 September: glass production I: Decarbonisation – new energy systems and transition to renewable energy sources

Thursday, 22 September: glass products and applications: New glass products and recyclability of glass

Friday, 23 September: glass production II: Alternative resources and recycling of container and flat glass

Each afternoon will feature additional lectures in the glasstec conference area. These will be offered by universities and scientific institutions on the topic of façade and metal construction, by the VDMA on the topic of machine communication and by EuroWindoor on energy efficiency and the use of natural daylight.

Details on the supporting will be available here in the future: