Global Glass Industry Showcased

Düsseldorf will once again become the centre of the global glass industry from 22 to 25 October 2024. Under the motto “We are Glass”, glasstec 2024 will stage an outstanding line-up of side events placing emphasis on the hot topics ‘Digital Technologies’, ‘Circular Economy’ and ‘Decarbonisation’.

The conference forms the backbone of the trade fair’s extensive lecture programme. Talks by international experts, exhibitors, representatives from the glazier trade and representatives from science, research and design will be presented on three stages:

  • Glass trends sessions: pooled sectoral know-how covering theory and practice shared by exhibitors and industry experts.
  • CircuClarity One: an initiative launched by Dr Lisa Rammig and Prof Linda Hildebrand shedding light on the developments and progress made in the glass industry with a focus on sustainable practices.
  • Craft LIVE: expert lectures and workshops for continuing education and insights into the latest techniques and trends in the glazier trade.
  • Start-up sessions: platform for young companies to showcase innovative ideas and products.
  • Glass melting pot: ‘Bringing together research and industry’ – here research ideas and projects are introduced and debated in a setting with international glass experts.
  • Architecture forum: renowned international architectural offices present their projects with a focus on ‘Current Trends and Challenges in Architecture with Glass’.

Future applications

Featuring again is the innovation glass technology showcase live designed in cooperation with the technical universities of Darmstadt, Delft, Dresden and Bochum. This special show has become established as the innovation platform and is considered a highlight for trade visitors, architects and all those interested in future glass applications.

This year’s highlights include a glass pavilion of curved and laminated thin glass, manufactured by engineering design practice Eckersley O’Callaghan as well as windows that can transform into computer screens/monitors. Fotoverbundglas Marl will present laminates that have not been technically achievable until now.

Aesthetic diversity

There will also be extraordinary artworks and objects from international galleries on display, making it possible to explore the aesthetic diversity of glass.

Expressing his enthusiasm about the extensive programme accompanying glasstec 2024, Lars Wismer, Director of glasstec, says, “With this excellent line-up of events and presentations, we remain an indispensable source of information for the global glass sector. Thanks to this programme, glasstec also boosts its appeal to, and relevance for, architects and engineers beyond the fields of industry, mechanical engineering and skilled crafts.”