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glasstec 2010 – An Efficient Path to Customers

Being present as an exhibitor at glasstec 2010 provides the best preconditions for achieving this. The global financial and economic crisis has also left its mark on the glass industry worldwide. In particular the flat glass industry, which is heavily dependent on the construction and automobile markets, has had to contend with considerable sales declines in 2009. An example of the trend on an international level is the situation facing the German glass industry. Following increases in the first nine months of 2008, sales slumps in the fourth quarter resulted in a marked decline in production. The flat glass sector was particularly badly affected by this. Overall, according to the annual report published by the Federal Association of the German Glass Industry (Bundesverband Glasindustrie e.V. – BIV), although the glass industry was still able to close 2009 with turnover for the year of EUR 8,57 billion and slight growth of 0,2 % (flat glass production: + 5,3 %, flat glass finishing: – 1,4 %), for 2009 the association expects a considerable decline in total turnover. The German manufacturers of glass machinery and plants too had to face declines from the fourth quarter of 2008 onwards. Overall, according to information from the VDMA (German Engineering Federation), although the sector, with sales for the year of EUR 834 million, was still able to register increased growth of 13 % compared to 2007, for the outgoing year the mechanical engineering companies also expect a much lower sales level. glasstec – International Trade Fair for Glass Production – Processing – Products, is the world’s leading trade fair for the international glass industry and its suppliers. The fair has a focus on glass machinery, glass industry as well as glazier’s trade and will be held in 2010 from 28 September to 1 October in Düsseldorf. It offers a unique platform for product innovations, forward-looking processing technologies and new glass applications. (11/2009)

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