GPD Finland celebrates 25 years of information sharing

Glass Performance Days Conference (GDP), the independent expert forum for the world’s glass industry, has announced that it is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary in June 2017, having hosted over 12,000 delegates at 3,000 presentations, with over 1,000 speakers in its history.

According to organisers, the Glass Performance Days started in 1992, triggered by the observation that glass processors had something in common: The effective use of state-of-the-art equipment and technology. As a result the GDP has formed 30,000 contacts over the years.

GDP 2015, held in Tampere, Finland last year, covered a wide range of topics of patents, glass processing technologies, glass products and case studies on the use of glass, appealing to delegates from a wide range of industries, including the superyacht sector.

Speaking last year, Jonathon Cohen, global business director of SentryGlas®, Kuraray Glass Laminating Solutions, a long-term sponsor of the event commented, “Over the years, GDP has been a very important event for us. It’s a place where we can reach out to architects, engineers, glass engineers and the glass industry as a whole. 

“GDP provides us with a chance to find out more about the needs of the markets. It’s a place where we can promote our own innovations and test our new technologies with the other people present. For us, it’s a great opportunity to push the limits in glass. Of course, there’s time to have fun, too.”

The main themes of the upcoming anniversary conference in 2017 will address the knowledge gap between the older and younger generations that are working in the glass industry, and the ways in which there should be continuity in transferring knowledge between generations to cover this gap.

Additionally, since the recent global recession has slowed down the growth of the industry, the event will be supporting renewed growth through innovation and education.

The GDP Finland forum takes place in Tampere, Finland between 28th and 30th June.

For more information, visit Glass Performance Days.


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