Glasspex Returns To Delhi After Almost Eight Years
Messe Dusseldorf GmbH, Germany, and Messe Dusseldorf India Private Limited, pioneers in organizing international exhibitions and trade fairs, brought together companies from different parts of the world to the fifth GLASSPEX INDIA and the first GLASSPRO INDIA at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida (Uttar Pradesh), between February 23 and 25, 2017.
The last glasspex event in New Delhi was in 2009 when it was launched. The biannual show returned to NCR, after its recent successful events in Mumbai, at the state-of-the-art facility at India Expo Mart to promote glass usage in northern India. The new event glasspro INDIA – International Exhibition for Flat Glass Processing and Products – showcased the latest trends and innovations in flat and processed glass products and applications. Also on display was most updated glass processing solutions, tools, auxiliary products and services. The event attracted over 130 exhibitors from 16 countries (India, Germany, France, Italy, the UK, Mexico, Belgium, Singapore, China, the Czech Republic, Austria, Russia, Poland, Portugal, Finland and the US). On the sidelines of glasspex and glasspro exhibitions, the All India Glass Manufacturers’ Federation (AIGMF), organized a two-day conference – ‘What Can Glass Do for You?’ – on February 24 and 25, 2017, at Knowledge Park in Greater Noida. This conference was in line of a series of meetings, seminars as well as conferences that AIGMF has been organising during the last few years, particularly during the glasspex-India exhibitions in the presence of visitors from abroad. AIGMF recently released its 2017 issue of the Indian Glass Directory and special issue of Kanch (quarterly glass journal of the AIGMF) which carried synopses of select papers to be given at the conference. The executive committee of AIGMF also met during the events to discuss and exchange ideas to push the concept of ‘Green as Glass’ for health and environmental reasons. In the recent past, AIGMF has made sincere efforts to adopt two important projects of the Indian government i.e., Smart/Solar Cities and Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan – Clean India Campaign. The glass industry has attempted to showcase the advantages of glass by organizing special sessions in Delhi, Firozabad, Mumbai and Jaipur involving government and non-governmental organizations. The AIGMF conference saw multiple stakeholder-partner involvements from Federation of Safety Glass (FOSG), Confederation of Construction Products and Services
Dr. Ranjan Sen Chief Scientist of Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CGCRI) said that the current scenario and the immediate future for the Glass Industry in India is a story of unprecedented growth and diversification driven by enormous demand across multiple segments, specialty applications and global advances in novel technologies. The expanding horizon of glass in architectural uses, solar covers, mobile phones, healthcare products and several other niche areas can be best defined by calling the present era as Glass Age.
Mr. Akash Deep, Programme Manager, GRIHA Council, The Energy and Resources Institute said that with growing resource crunch, Green buildings are the need of this hour. Green building concept is prevailing in India since the beginning. However, we need to come out of our copy paste (ctr+C & ctr+V) mode. Glass is a very useful element in the building envelop if it is used optimally and thoughtfully. GRIHA rating helps in quantifying the performance of the project during the design and construction stage and intern provide benchmark for the operation and maintenance team to achieve good performance”.
Green is the colour of money, Green was the colour of earth. We have saved lots of money, ITS TIME WE SAVE OUR EARTH.
Mr. Achinta Chatterjee of Triveni Glass Ltd., said that Glass enhances the beauty and aesthetics of your house. It helps in energy conservation.
Mr. Dave Fordham, Publishing & Events Director, **Glass Worldwide (UK) said that “As preferred international journal of AIGMF and official media partner of the ‘What Can Glass Do for You?’ conference, Glass Worldwide recognizes the importance of spreading the latest technical information and market updates from the flat and hollow glass sectors in India. Speakers during the impressive programme of this AIGMF conference provided attendees with an excellent opportunity to learn from Indian figureheads and international technical experts.”
Mr. Sanjay Tiwari, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director, Piramal Glass Ltd., said that Glass brings transparency to Life.
Mr. René Meuleman, Business leader global glass at Eurotherm by Schneider Electric said that Glass is everywhere and will most likely still be with us for the next 5000 years.
Dr. A K Bandhopadhay, Former Principal, Govt. College of Engg. & Ceramic Technology, Kolkata and Member Editorial Board, KANCH said that Plethora of Usages of Glass is Guided by a Set of Human Desire and Necessities.
Mr. Harsha Kadam G., President, AIGMF said that the emergence of smart cities will enable the increased need for glass in building materials as well as glass in Containers and Utilities. Also, with the initiative of Make in India, more glass technology suppliers will be motivated to explore making equipments and spares in India. He said that Glass is the most trusted and proven packaging for health, taste and the environment. Given the drive by the Government of India towards a cleaner India under the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan’, glass containers as it is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity, will add true value to the initiative as well.
(CCPS), Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute (CSIR-CGCRI), Glazing Society of India (GSI) and Glass
Worldwide (UK). The event was supported by the entities of the glass industry i.e. HNGIL, HNG Float, Nirmal Glasstech Industries, Dukhiram Maurya Engineering Company, La Opala RG Ltd. and Mascot Engineering. As part of AIGMF’s commitment to promote industryacademia linkages, Dr. Devendra Kumar, head of Ceramics Division, IIT (BHU), participated as one of the keynote speakers and deputed five students with an aim to enhance their knowledge in the respective areas and motivate them to study and contribute to the glass industry in future.
The conference was broadly divided into 4 sessions covering all main segments of glass:
- Glass as a vital Building Material for Smart & Solar Cities
- Processed or Tailor Made Glasses
- Container (Bottle) Glass for Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan Specia
- lty Glass: Tableware Opal, Crystal, Figured glass
Some of the specialist presentations given were:
- Enhancing Acoustic Performance with Appropriate Glass by Mr. Sharanjit Singh of Federation of Safety Glass (FOSG) and GSC Ltd.
- Smart Solar Glass for Solar Cities by Mr. Sandip Banerjee of Gujarat Borosil Ltd.
- Why glass use will continue to increase and what we can do to make our building safer, healthier and energy-efficient by Mr. Deepak Gahlowt and Mr. Shashi Kant of CCPS
- Building Envelope – Warm & Humid Climate by Ms. Madhavi Subramanian Patri of HNG Float Ltd.
- Bullet Proof Glass and Bullet Resistant Barriers by Mr. Prem Dutt of Gold Plus Glass Industry Ltd.
- Role of Glass in Green Building Ratings – The GRIHA
Way by Mr. Akash Deep of TERI
- CPWD Scenario: Glass as Smart Building Material by Dr. K. M. Soni and Mrs. Usha Batra
- The Future of High Performance All Electric Glass Melting by Mr. Rene Meauleman of Eurotherm by Schneider Electric
- Environmental Benefits of Glass Usage by Mr. Vinay Saran of HNG Industry Ltd.
- Glass – A Healthy Packaging Material by Mr. Sanjay Tiwari and Mr. Sanjay Jain of Piramal Glass Ltd.
- Responsible Packaging by Dr. Mamta Jain of Medwiz Healthcare Communications Pvt. Ltd.
- Decorative Glasses for Homes and Offices by Mr. Achinta Chatterjee of Triveni Glass Ltd. A variety of topics of importance, like the usage of glasses for various benefits in different sectors, such as building construction and packaging material, were covered. The conference has drawn a huge response from a host of prominent industrialists of glass in India.
All India Glass Manufacturers’ Federation (AIGMF), founded in 1944, is the only
umbrella organization for all categories of glass manufacturers from large, medium
and smallscale segments of the industry across India