Glass gears up
Visit Glass, the dedicated flat glass showcase set to debut at FIT Show 2019, has seen a number of high-profile brands sign up to exhibit at the NEC this May.
The lineup has grown considerably in recent months to include the likes of Lisec, GGR Group, Flat Glass Solutions, Edgetech and Saint-Gobain.
“Visitors can expect an impressive display of the latest processing machinery, products and equipment,” organisers said.
Experts from a number of Visit Glass’s exhibiting brands are scheduled to deliver key notes as part of the main FIT Show learning programme. Topics that will be covered include: the evolution of glass; flat glass technology; automation; pushing the boundaries of glass design to meet creative trends in large scale commercial architecture; and the comfort and health benefits of glass.
Flat Glass Solutions will be showcasing a water treatment centrifuge, a new eco-friendly polishing wheel for processors, a rotary table and snip saw for IG manufacturing, along with a vacuum lifter for glass.
Speaking about its decision to exhibit, managing director David Cahill said: “As a brand that is still in its infancy we want to expose our new products and ideas to the industry. Visit Glass will allow us to do just that.
“We’re looking forward to meeting with prospective customers, with the potential to rapidly expand our customer base, speaking directly to our target market. It’s such a long time since we had a glass show in the UK, I’m excited to see how the glass industry responds to Visit Glass.”
Edgetech’s managing director Chris Alderson said: “We always look forward to the FIT Show, but this one is shaping up to be particularly special. We’ll be taking the opportunity to celebrate Super Spacer’s astounding success over three decades with friends throughout the industry. We’ll be introducing customers to our new e-commerce system. And, after a lot of intensive research and development behind the scenes, we’ll be unveiling our cutting-edge new spacer product.
“I’m also delighted that Joe Erb, one of Edgetech’s most senior and long-serving employees, will be making the journey to share his wisdom with us.”
Recent preregistration data has reinforced the quality audience that is being driven to this year’s FIT Show. As well as registration being significantly higher than the same period in previous campaigns, 45% of those registered for FIT Show 2019 have a turnover of over £1 million, with more than half of those registered being C-suite decision makers or higher.
FIT Show event director Nickie West said: “We’re delighted with the support that has been shown for the inaugural Visit Glass. We knew that there was a gap in the market to create a dedicated showcase for flat glass, and Visit Glass will do just that.
“This new feature has broadened our appeal to architects, specifiers and commercial installers too. We look forward to welcoming faces old and new to the NEC this May.”