The 32nd China International Glass Industrial Technical Exhibition, hosted by the Chinese Ceramics Society and executive organized by Beijing Zhonggui Exhibition Co., Ltd., was held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre from May 6 to 9, 2023. There are 881 companies (178 international exhibitors included) from 28 countries and regions participated in the exhibition, including China, Germany, Italy, American, Britain, Franch, Japen, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Israel, the Czech Republic and Singapore, etc. According to statistics, about 107,353 professional visitors visited the exhibition, which setting a new high in history.
With an area of nearly 90,000 square meters, the exhibition covers glass raw materials, glass products, application technology, process equipment, intelligent equipment and other technology and application of the entire glass industry chain. The display of each exhibitor is as following: Hall N1 is the main international exhibition area, gathering BMWK, ITA, LiSEC, Glaston, Von Ardenne, AGC, NSG Group, SEFPRO, Vesuvius, Dip-Tech, Kuraray, Buhler Leybold, Koemmerling, Quanex, Zippe, Air Liquide, Air Products, Five Stein, Grenzebach, Benteler, Bottero, RHI, SORG, Fenzi, Honeywell, Carl Zeiss, Siemens, and Technoform, etc. Hall N2 is a domestic mainstream brand, technical glass manufacturers and scientific research institutions, including: Triumph Science & Technology, China Building Materials Academy, Beijing BOE Sensor Technology, China Glass Holdings, CSG Group, Yaohua Glass Group, Jinjing Group, Shanghai Yaohua Pilkington Glass Group, Kibing Group, SINOMA, China Luoyang Float Glass Group, Yangzhou Zhongke Semiconductor, Huaguang Group, Bengbu Design & Research Institute for Glass Industry, Qinhuangdao Glass Industry Research & Design Institute, China New Building Materials Design & Research Institute, Wuhan University of Technology, Shahe Research Institute of Glass Technology, Ruitai Technology, Taiwan Glass Group, Xinyi Ultra-thin Glass, Shanxi Lihu, XINFUXING Glass Industrial Group, Hebei Yingxin, Flat Glass Group, Shabo Glass Group, Mr. Glass, Hainan Holdings Special Glass, Hall N3- N5 and Hall W5 are manufacturers of tempering furnaces and silicone, refractory materials and deep processing equipment, including: ZIBO GT New Materials Group, Luoyang Northglass, Luoyang MOUNTAIN, Landglass Technology, Donghua University, Qinhuangdao Yuntong, Qinhuangdao Tucheng, South Glass Technology, Guangdong Golive, FOLGA Glass Machinery, Deway Machinery, Liaoning North Machine, Yinrui Intelligent Technology, Chaoyang Glass Machnery，Anhui Jingling, Hangzhou Jinggong，Beijing Boza Automation, Jinan Weili Machine, Hanjiang Automatic Glass Machine, Beijing Tenon, Beijing MGM Glass Machinery, Fangding Safety Glass Technology, Tianjin Dinganda Glass, Guilin Champion, Lewei Science & Technology, Shandong Sanjin Glass Machinery, Shanxi Dahua Glass, KAMROLLER，Jangsu Xunai New Material Technology, Dongfang Ancai Refractory, Luoyang Dayang High-performance Material, Zhongjian Magnesia Brick, Guangzhou Ling Nan Refractory, Chengdu Guibao, Hangzhou Zhijiang Silicone, LINIZ, Guangzhou Jointas Chemical, Window Machinery，etc. Hall W4 is an area for small and medium-sized enterprises, focusing on raw materials, main and auxiliary materials and daily glass, art glass and other fields.
There are 8 theme lectures and promotion activities, covering the glass industry carbon peak carbon neutrality technology path, digital twin to help high-end glass equipment, industrial Internet empowered glass intelligent manufacturing, smart windows empowered smart buildings, glass furnace oxy/oxy-fuel combustion, glass bubble solutions and the key and benefits of smart factory success. The investigation and research conclusions of pain points and their solutions condensed on the basis of actual combat have good practicality and forward-looking.
Glaston released the COMFORT’SEALER automatic sealing machine and displayed the lightweight multi-curved door glass manufactured by Glasstom CHAMP automotive glass pretreatment equipment; LiSEC demonstrated the LiTPA seamless “welding” hollow manufacturing system, as well as flexible edge insulating glass products manufactured using the LiTPA process; Siemens demonstrated its glass “smart” manufacturing solution, launched full-process simulation technology for glass enterprises, and helped glass enterprises to digitally transform. Bottero presented its high-precision CNC machining centers; Technoform showed its distinctive thermal systems, including solutions for doors, windows, curtain walls, insulating glass edges and more. With R&D and engineering services as the core, Triumph Technology focuses on the latest technologies and innovative products of the three business sectors of “display materials and application materials industry, new energy materials industry, high-quality float glass and special glass industry”, and displays ultra-thin electronic touch glass, flexible foldable glass, float liquid crystal substrate, cadmium telluride power generation glass, intelligent equipment and other products; The global display giant BOE participated in the China Glass Exhibition for the first time, focusing on its smart window products, which is a product that integrates semiconductor display technology and glass deep processing technology, and the touch dimmable glass system solution composed of dye liquid crystal technology, optical sensing technology and building curtain wall technology can realize second-level dimming and upgrade of Internet of Things scenarios; Jinjing Group exhibited perovskite coated glass and self-developed ultra-white TCO glass; Shanghai Yaohua Pilkington Glass Group showcased its TCO in-line coating series; CSG Group displayed photovoltaic building integrated glass (BIPV architectural glass) after the integration of curtain wall and power generation glass, which has been applied in Guangzhou Art Museum and Huawei Antuoshan Base.
Throughout the exhibition halls, most of the exhibitors showed their business cards of digital and intelligent manufacturing, such as VON ARDENNE’s coating equipment that integrates online inspection, big data analysis and real-time feedback; LiSEC’s intelligent equipment has the characteristics of hardware and software integration, high compatibility of its own system, and can form a closed-loop management of the entire production process; Yinrui, North Glass, Landglass, CSG and other manufacturers have launched intelligent connection solutions for glass factories with good expansion interfaces, among which Yinrui and its wholly-owned holding company Sanda Software launched intelligent connection performance outstanding, and have launched more than 30 photovoltaic lines; Jinxiu Future, Hanjiang, Gaoliwei, CNBM Intelligent Automation Research Institute and some others all demonstrated digital and intelligent solutions; In addition to focusing on the concept of Industry 4.0 and digitalization, ISRA VISION showcased PowerPlate (P²) products in the field of quality monitoring and production management intelligence, P²-Coating inspection system and EPROMI live solution; In addition to launching its temperature measuring instruments, LAND International Instruments brings its furnace temperature analysis system based on visual data.
Based on the situation of each exhibition hall and booth, we can observe the general trend of green development and intelligent development of the glass industry; For instance, the insulating glass frame has experienced the development process of “cold edge”, “warm edge” to “edgeless (flexible edge)”, and its development process reflects the high-end trend of building materials and manufacturing equipment and the market demand for green products; For example, in reducing building energy consumption, the glass industry solves the problem of reducing building energy consumption from the two aspects of building energy conservation and building capacity, and the effectiveness of its work is of decisive significance for reducing carbon emissions; From the automated display lines, manipulators, industrial robots running at each booth, as well as the industrial software and intelligent systems launched by major exhibitors, visitors can clearly feel the unstoppable intelligent development trend of the glass industry.
China Glass Exhibition is a professional exhibition integrating hosting and undertaking in China’s glass industry, with completely independent intellectual property rights, and has become the most commercially valuable exhibition display, technical exchange and business negotiation platform in the glass industry, and is the “barometer” and “weather vane” of the global glass industry. The annual China Glass Exhibition not only provides opportunities for domestic and foreign glass industry staff to exchange and learn, but also becomes a platform for university teachers to carry out teaching and a platform for glass students to practice; 65 students majoring in inorganic non-metallic materials engineering from the School of Materials Science and Engineering of East China University of Science and Technology went to every booth under the leadership of four teachers to combine the latest products, technologies and equipment for on-site learning, and the teaching process combining theory and practice was generally welcomed by the students; More than 20 teachers and students majoring in glass deep processing from Shaanxi Building Materials Technical School also formed a study group to come to Shanghai to “personally experience, broaden horizons, increase interest and boost confidence”
From 1986 till now, after experiencing the corona virus pandemic and global economic recession, China Glass Exhibition has continued to grow and develop, and the brand of China Glass Exhibition has never been fading charms. As Academician Peng Shou mentioned that “the future of glass is the future of innovation, the future of glass is the future of green, and the future of glass is the future of openness”, global partners should firmly “dream of the same glass”, build a “glass family”, shape the “new ecology of glass”, and open up a better future!
The 33rd China Glass Exhibition looks forward to meeting new and old friends and industry colleagues again next year!