Issue 3 – Why GlassBuild is the place to be, an always-insightful Q&A, and the video spotlight shines on SAF
Why Participate at GlassBuild America…
…because GlassBuild America is the ONLY North American trade show to comprehensively represent the glass, window and door industry year after year. It is THE PLACE the industry comes to meet, present new and improved products and realize ways to advance and grow its businesses.
– Chances are excellent that you’ll see the products and equipment of interest to you at GlassBuild America.
– Exhibitors from all over the globe participate to display and demonstrate the latest additions and advancements to their product lines. Last year, nearly one-third of the GlassBuild exhibitors were internationally based companies and over 10% of the attendees were from 58 foreign countries.
– National Glass Association has been producing shows for 50+ years and the GlassBuild America brand is in its 10th year. No other brings the industry together more effectively! As the organizer, NGA continuously seeks to offer new technologies, services and programs to keep the show fresh and up to date. New and expanded services are being introduced this year… watch for more details soon…they are sure to optimize your GlassBuild experience.
– World class EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES run in combination with the show offering important avenues for growth. The Glazing Executive Forum (GEF) is now in its 7th year, and the 2012 edition promises to be the best one yet! Look for more information on GEF and the other tracks to become available soon.
The Road to GlassBuild America Q&A with Chelsea Building Products
In the mid 1970’s Chelsea introduced the first all vinyl double hung tilt window system to the US market. The world has obviously changed quite a bit since then. How has technology advanced the products you make and how they perform?
Technology has changed the design and fabrication of vinyl products quite a bit since 1975. We’ve shifted from mechanically fastened, adapted profiles to welded fabrication and profile specific designs. Today, material and extrusion technology has moved the vinyl window to many different segments of the fenestration industry. Increased government involvement in thermal performance and structural requirements has greatly affected how products are designed. Applications for replacement and new construction, residential and commercial, doors and impact products have all been developed since the first window. Composites have enabled us to replace traditional reinforcement materials and improved PVC formulations, laminates and coatings provide the market with many more application and aesthetic options.
What are your most popular products right now, and if you can share, what sort of products are in the pipeline for release in the near future?
The most popular systems meet the needs of today’s market. Higher thermal (R-5) and structurally rated products (impact and light commercial) that have unique physical characteristics are the most popular. Coatings, laminates and composite materials are of high interest to the market.
Your booth at the show last year was really impressive, so much so that Chelsea was one of the “Best in Show” booth winners. Why do you think attendees found your booth award worthy and are there any major plans for the 2012 edition of GlassBuild America to defend your title?
We were pleasantly surprised to win the award. We wanted to keep the booth design clean and easy to move around, keeping the focus on the products. Our goal is to show products that fabricators are interested in to satisfy the needs of a better educated market. Also to show the design “flexibility” and the capabilities that Chelsea Building Products incorporates into its products. This year’s booth will continue to feature Chelsea’s advanced window and door systems as well as highlight our design and process capabilities. With advanced design and material technologies as well as customer specific solutions in product and value-added services, we’ve moved way beyond the first Poly-Tex window introduced in 1975.
As we tell folks “we’re not your daddy’s Poly-Tex Company”, we are so much more.
If you are interested in sponsoring future editions or being more involved in the show, contact Jennifer Robinson at jennifer@GlassBuildAmerica.com or by phone at 770-416-8023.
This edition the spotlight is focused on a company that continues to grow and advance. Take a look inside SAF.