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//Glassman Europe bids farewell to Barcelona

At Barcelona’s Palau de Congressos on 25th - 26th May, Glassman Europe 2011 took place, attracting visitors from Europe and beyond. Barcelona was chosen as a central and accessible location for the European glass industry to view the latest developments in primary glassmaking equipment and services. An informative conference accompanied the two-day exhibition.

Two years since its last edition, Glassman Europe returned on 25th - 26th May 2011, visiting Barcelona in Spain for the first time. The longstanding exhibition for the primary glassmaking industry invited the glass manufacturers of Europe and beyond to view the latest technologies offered by suppliers, as well as to enjoy the many attractions of the city.

With previous hosts of the event including Lyon, France and Prague in the Czech Republic, Barcelona was chosen for the 2011 edition as an ideal location for worldwide glassmakers and suppliers to meet and do business.

Exhibitor presence
More than 120 manufacturers of machinery and equipment for various aspects of the glassmaking process exhibited at Glassman Europe 2011. Suppliers specialising in batch plant, such as Zippe Industrieanlagen, Vidromecânica and EME Maschinenfabrik exhibited alongside melting specialists, including FIC (UK), Fives Stein and Nikolaus Sorg & Co, control systems producers such as BDF Industries, Horn Glass Industries and Emhart Glass, and cold end packaging equipment suppliers such as Heye International, MSK Covertech Group and Groupe Rondot.

Many exhibitors capitalised on Glassman Europe as an opportunity to highlight new product launches; some providing live demonstrations of equipment and machinery at their stands. Xpar Vision, for example, presented its range of hot end solutions for inspection and process control, including its new blank side temperature control solution (BTC) for monitoring and controlling the temperature of the blank mould, neck ring, plunger, gob and parison at all cavities.

Pennine Industrial Equipment displayed its full range of inverted tooth conveyor chains and head protector systems, including its new Z series HPL, which is designed for the handling of small or unstable glassware. Gedevelop, meanwhile, exhibited its glass vision system for hot end trend analysis. Positioned directly after the forming machine, it allows early detection of critical defects, dimensional errors and other process deviations.

Visitor diversity
Glassman Europe was attended by a broad spectrum of decision makers from glass manufacturers across the world. Visitors came from 47 countries, including Brazil, Iran, Japan, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, China and Mexico. Some exhibitors reported hosting meetings with very important new or existing customers that had travelled many miles to see them. This is often the case at Glassman events, and to that end both visitors and exhibitors expressed interest in forthcoming shows Glassman Turkey 2011 and Glassman Latin America 2012, to be held in Istanbul and Mexico City respectively.

Conference content
Organised by Glassman organiser and Glass International publisher Quartz Business Media, the conference took place in the afternoon of 25th May and continued in the morning of 26th May. The full programme saw contributions from various well-recognised industry representatives.

Starting off the proceedings, Harald Eirich gave an account of how advanced batch preparation can facilitate better melting properties, after which Richard Sims of Sorg introduced the company’s integrated concept for batch handling at the furnace. Later on in this first session, Karel Maruska spoke of a ‘new animal roaring’ in the form of Sklostroj’s ISS machine, while Jørgen Laessøe of inspection specialist JLI vision advocated dynamic light boxes to inspect glass defects.

The second session of the conference included an informative presentation from Jeremy Poiret of Saint-Gobain SEFPRO on solutions to upgrade the regenerator, an overview of the activities of the Glass Packaging Institute by its former President, Joe Catanneo, and a discussion of Xpar Vision’s latest developments by its Sales Manager, Jeroen Vincent.

For details of the next Glassman events, including Glassman Turkey 2011, visit glassmanevents.com

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