The Italian Glass Machinery Technology Award (IGMTA) program is comprised of a competition asking upper level students attending premier US universities to write a short paper on why they would like to go to Italy to learn more about the Italian glass working machinery and technology industry. The aim of the program is to enrich the engineering education of students and to advance knowledge on issues of importance within the industry to the next generation of engineering professionals.
Every two years, Vitrum attracts trade people from all over the world and is the must-attend event where Italian glassmaking tradition is accompanied by the presentation of cutting-edge methods and technologies.
According to Laura Biason, Deputy Director of GIMAV, the Association of Italian manufacturers and suppliers of machinery, equipment and special products for glass processing, Italy is one of the main overseas suppliers of machinery to the United States.
Vitrum 2015 is all about innovation — where the most cutting edge applications of flat and hollow glass will be on display for industry professionals from around the world. Technologies, machinery, and special products are at the very core of this year’s leading European glass industry event.
Several special projects will enliven the four days of the fair.
Now in its 13th year, GlassBuild America is the gathering place for the entire glass, window and door industries in North America. Presented by the National Glass Association and the Window & Door Dealers Alliance along with show partners, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, the Glass Association of North America and the Insulating Glass Manufactures Alliance, and in conjunction with industry’s leading publications – Glass Magazine and Window & Door – GlassBuild America is a comprehensive and united event.
If we can believe the numbers, as would usually be the case, for Italy's machine producing industry, the year 2011 ended on a rather pleasant note. It's true that the beating we all took in 2008/2009 has taken a long time to heal, but growth over the last two year is turning out to be much more than a flash in the pan. Overall production rose by 13.2% in 2010 over 2009, and another 12.2% in 2011.
GIMAV reported that in line with the entire capital goods sector, the glass-processing machinery, accessories and special products sector also showed promising signs of growth in 2010.
The sector closed 2010 on positive ground, especially due to the industry's hollow glass component which witnessed the revival of some of those investment projects that had been abruptly put on hold between 2008 and 2009.