Glass industry events calendar 2017 – UK & worldwide

Glass industry events calendar 2017 – UK & worldwide

Plan which conferences & expos you want to attend in the forthcoming year

Whether you are an architect, glass installer, or manufacturing specialist, keeping up to date with the latest developments and issues in the glazing industry is essential if you want to stay one step ahead of the game in your profession.

Thankfully, there are many events that take place across the globe each year which you can attend to discover cutting-edge technologies, source great products, and network with your industry peers. They range from academically focused events and awards ceremonies to exhibitions where glass companies can showcase their newest innovations.

To help you find an event that suits your needs over the coming months, we’ve put together a calendar below that lists some of the best and most popular trade shows, seminars, and conferences from around the world. Look out for the events marked that we will be attending — we’d love to see you there. Read on to find out more.


Primus: Architectural Glass 2017 and Windows, Doors, Profiles and Facades 2017

When: 24–26 January 2017

Where: KievExpoPlaza, Kiev, Ukraine

What: Both of these Primus exhibitions are due to take place simultaneously in the same venue, and offer something of great interest to anyone involved in the glazing industry.

Architectural Glass 2017 is the largest trade fair of its type in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, with a focus on architectural and structural glass, as well as production and processing technology. The event attracts a range of attendees from the architecture, design, engineering, and manufacturing sectors, who travel from across Ukraine and from further afield. There will also be a variety of seminars and conferences available to attend.

Windows, Doors, Profiles, and Facades 2017 is an event that is centred around external architectural features, including but not limited to window and door glass, fittings, components, stained glass, and other decorative glass. Exhibitors and visitors attend from all over Europe.

More information here.


Energy from Waste Conference

When: 21–22 February 2017

Where: College of Physicians, London, UK

What: The Energy from Waste Conference is in its 13th year, and is still dedicated to discussing the cutting-edge technology driving the worldwide energy-from-waste sector. Focus ranges from the technology itself to operational efficiency, best practice, and compliance. The conference will be of great intrigue to anyone interested in how materials are used beyond their expiry.

More information here.



When: 7–9March 2017

Where: ExCel, London, UK

What: Ecobuild is an event dedicated to sustainability and the built environment, where ideas and inspiration are shared between some of the UK’s most influential figures from such sectors as architecture, housing development, and local government. Glass is an essential material that can be found at the heart of every community, and can play an important part in building eco-friendly towns and cities. It will feature heavily in the event’s discussion over how we can improve the places where we live and work.

More information here.

Eurasia Glass Fair

When: 8–11 March 2017

Where: Tüyap İstanbul Fair and Congress Centre, Istanbul, Turkey

What: Eurasia Glass Fair is the foremost industry exhibition in the region, attracting both Turkish and global brands to its halls. There will be a huge range of products on display, with a chance to see the latest technologies for yourself. Beyond the trade show floor, there is a plethora of great networking opportunities to participate in, with a full programme of scheduled events.

More information here.

Glass Processing Automation Days Conference

When: 14–15 March 2017

Where: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

What: Glass Processing Automation Days (GPAD) 2017 will be held in New Orleans, and is a great opportunity for professionals involved in the industry to discuss the latest developments in the world of glass manufacturing and processing. This event is much more than a trade show, with a full schedule of speakers, as well as breakout sessions with technical experts, where you can discuss and ask questions about how the newest innovations can benefit you.

More information here.


Materials 2017

When: 25–26 April 2017

Where: ILEC Centre, Earls Court, London

What: Materials 2017 is a brand-new conference that is dedicated to the discussion of materials used in architecture, construction, and design. This event will be of great interest to anyone involved in these fields, as well as glass professionals who would like to learn more about how their products are used in the grand scheme of things. Glass is one of a several materials that will be looked at in depth at the event, and you can expect the latest innovations and trends driving the industry forward to be explored.

More information here.


The Thermal Engineering Show

When: 27 April 2017

Where: Roundhouse, Derby, UK

What: The Thermal Engineering Show is the UK’s foremost event for the thermal engineering sector, with experts and decision-makers from many fields of the global manufacturing industry, including glass-making, expected to be in attendance. The show is focussed on the practice, technology, and science of thermal engineering, with particular attention paid to the latest heating and cooling techniques, as well as modelling and analysis.

More information here.


Security and Counter Terror Expo

When: 3–4 May 2017

Where: Olympia, London, UK

What: Over 10,000 attendees from across the globe flock the Security and Counter Terror Expo, where the latest in professional protection and prevention methods are discussed and showcased. This is the expo to attend if you are interested in the measures taken by the security industry to safeguard assets, businesses, and people from threats. Security glazing is just one of the items you will find at this expo, which also has a full schedule of exhibits, seminars, and conferences that can also be attended. It’s also a great place to network with people in the sector.

More information here.


Glass World Egypt 2017

When: 9–11 May 2017

Where: Cairo International Convention Centre (CICC)

What: Glass World Egypt takes place every two years and offers something for everyone involved or interested in the glass industry. It also provides a chance to learn more about the sector in the Middle East and Northern Africa, a developing market with growing potential. There will be chances to build strong relationships and network with industry peers from many different trades. Products, services, processing technology, and raw materials are all exhibited under one roof.

More information here.


FIT Show

When: 23–25 May 2017

Where: The NEC, Birmingham, UK

What: The FIT Show is an essential meet-up for the companies that manufacture and supply windows, doors, and conservatories, as well as the people who fabricate, install, and sell them. The FIT Show is the place where many people choose to showcase their new products and technologies, so it’s a great place to be if you want to ensure you’re at the cutting-edge of the industry. There are plenty of activities that run in tandem with the main show, such as gala dinners, seminars, and discussion sessions, providing several great places to network with peers.

More information here.


China Glass 2017

When: 24–27 May 2017

Where: China International Exhibition Centre, Beijing, China

What: The 2016 edition of the China Glass event attracted 30,000 visitors from over 65 different countries, making it a truly international expo. The exhibition presents a great opportunity for glass professionals to learn about how the Chinese glass trade works, while making essential contacts in the country’s continuously developing industry. Advanced glass products are showcased, and there is also time for discussion about the latest manufacturing and processing techniques.

More information here.


Mir Skelta

When: 5–8 June 2017

Where: Expocentre Fairgrounds, Moscow, Russia

What: Mir Skelta is the largest exhibition for the glass industry in Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States, and Eastern Europe. The event covers many aspects of the sector, including glass production, processing, and application, as well as tools and testing. It’s a great place to meet like-minded professionals involved in the industry in the part of the world and there are plenty of opportunities to build new business relations.



When: 7–9 June 2017

Where: FCT-NOVA, Lisbon, Portugal

What: GLASSAC is a meeting of like-minded glass enthusiasts that discusses the chemical, physical, and biological aspects of glass art, history, and archaeology. It brings together those in the science, art, conservation, and glass-making fields, who discuss and debate topics to learn from one another and expand their knowledge of glass as a material for both creativity and practicality. The event will see talks, discussions, and seminars hosted throughout the duration.

More information here.


Furnace Solutions 12 and Training Day 5

When: 7–8 June 2017

Where: Lucideon, Stoke-on-Trent, UK

What: This is a dual event organised by the Society of Glass Technology, which will see a training day followed by the Furnace Solutions 12 conference. This event is an essential meet-up for anybody who is involved in the glassmaking community, whether you are a glassmaker, furnace designer, or an industry supplier. With discussion and presentation on such subjects as glass-melting and glass-making science, there is a lot of interesting content to look forward too.

More information here.


Automotive Glazing USA

When: 20–21 June 2017

Where: The Royal Park Hotel, Rochester, Michigan

What: Automotive Glazing USA is an annual gathering of the auto glass community, where the key players and experts meet with the rest of the industry to discuss the latest issues and technological advancements. Several topics will be discussed this year, including acoustic and crack resistance, head-up displays, and the glazing aftermarket, among many others. As well as staying on the ball for all things auto glass, the conference is a great chance to make new contacts and keep your network up to date.

More information here.


Glass Performance Days (GPD) Finland

When: 28–30 June 2017

Where: Tampere, Finland

What: Glass Performance Days is an international event that takes place in Finland, China, and Brazil every two years, bringing together a truly international gathering of the global glass sector. The conference is dedicated to developing the industry through education, and offers a jam-packed schedule of speakers, presentations, and discussions for attendees. There are also plenty of opportunities to interact with your fellow peers and strike up friendships to extend your networking options.

More information here.


Taking a Leap: Concept, Conservation and Innovation in Architectural Glass

When: 16 July 2017

Where: North Lands Creative Glass, Lybster, UK

What: Taking a Leap: Concept, Conservation and Innovation in Architectural Glass is a one-day event organised by North Lands Creative Glass, and is dedicated to the study, celebration, and discussion of artistic architectural glass, both old and new. There will be lectures, discussions, networking, and gallery tours throughout the day, and a number of speakers who will share their expertise and experience in the area.

More information here.


China Guangzhou Glasstec Expo

When: 28–30 August 2017

Where: Pazhou International Exhibition Centre, Guangzhou, China

What: Guangzhou is one of the largest production centres of glass in China, and the China Guangzhou Glasstec Expo gives attendees the chance to learn more about what is going on in the Southern Chinese industry. There has been much advancement in China’s glass sector in recent years, so this is a great place to find out more about the latest developments in glass technology, while there are also plenty of networking opportunities with like-minded attendees.

More information here.



Aspects of Glass: Annual Conference of the Society of Glass Technology

When: 3–6 September 2017

Where: Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, UK

What: The Annual Conference of the Society of Glass Technology takes place with the aim of bringing together the glassmaking community to discuss the advances in the sector, as well as commemorating its rich past. There will be a focus on the science and technology of glass, with presentations and seminars given on a variety of topics. Furthermore, there will be other sessions on stained glass and historic glass.

More information here.


Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) — Romag will be attending

When: 12–15 September 2017

Where: ExCeL, London, UK

What: The DSEI is a market-leading event that draws together the defence and security sector in an effort to share new technologies and discuss the issues facing the market in the future. Markets represented include air, land, naval, security, and joint security — glass manufacturers will be attending to showcase the latest in defensive and security glazing. It’s a great opportunity to network with like-minded attendees, as well as to learn about brand new developments that might affect your area of expertise.

More information here.


Gulf Glass

When: 25–27 September 2017

Where: Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, UAE

What: The Middle East’s largest glass event, Gulf Glass, attracts over 4,000 international attendees from a range of areas in the industry. Exhibitors attend from more than 20 countries, showcasing their most recent products and developments in glass technology. The event is split into one day of conferencing and two days of workshops, covering many of the hottest topics and issues in the market today. Gulf Glass is a great place to go if you are looking to build contacts, as you will find many like-minded individuals eager to network.

More information here.



When: 3–6 October 2017

Where: Fiera Milano, Milan, Italy

What: Virtum is a biennial event brings together everything to do with the glass industry in one grand showcase. From discussion about latest advanced glass-processing and production techniques to an insight into how glass is used in a variety of sectors, Virtum has something for everyone involved in the international glass community. There are opportunities to exhibit, as well as attend seminars, workshops, and B2B meetings, where you can network and build partnerships for a successful future.

More information here.



Glass Problems Conference

When: 6–9 November 2017

Where: Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio, USA

What: The Glass Problems Conference is the biggest event dedicated to the glass industry in North America, attracting attendees from all over the world. The focus of the conference is to promote the sector through the discussion and sharing of the latest innovations in glass technology by solving the technical issues that professionals face. This year also sees the hosting of the 11th Advances in Fusion and Processing of Glass symposium, which will run in parallel with a full programme of seminars and talks on a variety of topics.

More information here.


The G17 Awards

When: 17 November 2017

Where: The Place, The London Hilton, UK

What: The G Awards are the UK glass industry’s annual awards, which celebrate innovation and achievement within the sector over the previous 12 months. The ceremony will see many of the best and brightest from all over the country attending, in the hope that they will secure one of the highly-contested prizes. Award categories include Commercial Project of the Year, Fabricator of the Year, Glass Company of the Year, and New Product of the Year. The 2017 edition, as ever, promises to be an unmissable evening.

More information here.


Glasstech Asia 2017

When: 22–24 November 2017

Where: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

What: Glasstech Asia is an event that brings together most of the glass community from South-East Asia, giving attendees an in-depth insight into the manufacturing, processing, materials, and end products of the region’s industry. The exhibition attracts visitors from all over the world (over 5,000 in 2016), and presents the ideal starting if you want to learn more about the growing South-East Asian sector. There will also be conferences, seminars, and discussions held concurrently that explore many important areas of the glass-making trade.

More information here.

Here at Romag, we specialise in creating bespoke glass solutions for a wide range of industries — take a look at our projects page to see just some of the developments we have worked on. If you think that we could contribute to your project, don’t hesitate to get in touch or give our team a call on +44 (0)1207 500000, and we will be happy to discuss how we can help.