International Year of Glass coming to an end – Glaston actively participating in global activities

December 15, 2022 Latest Updates0

This December marks the end of the UN-designated International Year of Glass (IYOG2022). A full year of celebrating the importance of glass with more than 1,000 international events, exhibitions and festivals culminates this month with a closing ceremony in Tokyo and a special award ceremony – “The Seven Glass Wonders.” Glaston was a proud supporter of the initiative, which underlines the circular nature of glass and its role in saving energy.

For the entire glass industry, this has been a very important year to raise public awareness of the importance of glass as a high-performing and environmentally responsible material. This year has celebrated the role of glass in building our society and its ability to support the circular economy and energy saving. It has also stimulated glass research to find better solutions to the challenges we face today, including sustainability and improved quality of life for all.

In addition, the IYOG2022 has been a good way to remind people of the significance of glass as we face growing environmental pressures and the energy crisis. Today’s energy-efficient buildings play a key role in combating climate change and reducing energy costs.

“This year has been a great opportunity for Glaston, as a frontrunner in the glass industry, to work more closely with the industry. We have been proud to participate in the global activities addressing the importance of glass and making its role as a high-performing and environmentally responsible material better known,” says Marko Mökkönen, Director, Industry and Stakeholder Relations at Glaston Corporation.

Building the industry together

Throughout the year the glass industry got together at numerous international and local events. The IYOG2022 got off to a grand start with an opening ceremony in Geneva. One of the highlights to be mentioned was the glasstec 2022 exhibition in Düsseldorf after the 4 years break.

As an example of local activity, Glaston participated in the glass art exhibition in Nuutajärvi, Finland, home of one of the most esteemed glass companies in the world. Glaston exhibited glass samples produced with its glass processing machines. One was an ultra-thin 1-mm bent safety glass for car displays that drew a lot of attention. In addition, tempered and laminated glass samples were featured to demonstrate the best safety features of glass.

For more information on all IYOG2022 events and to download videos and brochures, visit

Start to the future

As was stated in the United Nations’ vision for the IYOG2022, we’re celebrating the past, present and future of this transformative material. This is not the end – but only a small moment dedicated to marking the long legacy of glass and its importance to society.

In June 2023, Glaston will once again warmly welcome the glass industry and other stakeholders to join Glass Performance Days (GPD) in Tampere, Finland, a forum dedicated to the development of the global glass industry through an exchange of ideas, concepts and innovations.

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For further information, please contact:
Marko Mökkönen, Director, Industry and Stakeholder Relations, Glaston Corporation, tel +358 10 500 500

Glaston in brief

Glaston is the glass processing industry’s innovative technology leader supplying equipment, services and solutions to the architectural, automotive, solar and display industries. The company also supports the development of new technologies integrating intelligence into glass.

Glaston is committed to providing its clients with both the best know-how and the latest technologies in glass processing, with the purpose of building a better tomorrow through safer, smarter, and more energy-efficient glass solutions. Glaston operates globally with manufacturing, services and sales offices in 10 countries and its shares (GLA1V) are listed on NASDAQ Helsinki Ltd.


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