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GPD Set for Launch in Brazil

Post Time:Dec 02,2009Classify:Industry NewsView:412

Glass Performance Days (GPD) is now ready to launch in South America. The first GPD event on this continent will be staged in early May 2010. The GPD organization also is gearing up for a continuation of its successful traditions in both China and Finland. GPD China is scheduled for June 2010 and the 12th GPD Finland Conference for June 2011. The Call for Papers for Brazil and China are now open.

"The way to recovery from the economic downturn on world markets largely goes through new initiatives and ideas that improve efficiency, economy and environmental care, says Jorma Vitkala, chair of GPD organizing committee. "The combined competencies of solar and glass technology are particularly promising in the support of sustainable development. We saw how this concept carried us at the 11th GPD in Tampere last summer and we believe firmly that the need for new innovative solutions has only grown since. We feel special excitement about our launch in Brazil, a huge and promising market. The international confidence in this leading South American country was recently displayed as Rio de Janeiro was chosen for the first Olympic Games ever to be held in South America."

For the launch in Brazil GPD has teamed up with the organizers of the Glass South America trade fair, the Nürnberg Messe. GPD South America in Sao Paolo, Brazil, is set for May 6-7, 2010.

The first GPD South America will focus on new glass technologies, solar and design. Special emphasis will be put on the issue of how to improve the profitability of a glass company supplying architectural, solar and automotive solutions. Presentation abstracts are due by January 15, 2010.

The GPD tradition in China continues in 2010. As in years past, GPD China is organized in conjunction with the China Glass Exhibition, June 2-3, 2010. GPD's partner in the arrangements is The China Building Materials Academy. GPD China alternates between the cities of Beijing and Shanghai with Beijing being the venue in 2010.The Conference theme of GPD China 2010 is Architectural Glass & Solar Applications. Proposals for practical workshops are also invited. These will be held one day after the Conference, June 4, 2010. Presentation abstracts are due by December 16, 2009.

GPD Tampere is scheduled for June 17-20, 2011. The every-other-year conference returns to its hometown for the 12th time. Cooperation with industries, universities, consultants and researchers continues in the traditional fashion.

"Last June we had a very strong attendance in recording 845 participants from 55 countries despite the uncertainty caused by the economic recession," says Vitkala. "Some 70 percent of attendees represented architecture and construction. This fine turnout was mainly due to the hands-on effective nature of the conference and the choice of the lead theme solar energy. This quickly growing sector has a lot to offer and the glass industry is actively participating in utilizing its energy-generation potential. The special architects' sessions also contributed to our success as industry and designers were able to look into their respective worlds in a very efficient exchange of information. Participation at Tampere has traditionally been in the order of 1,000 and we see now reason why that should not be the case in 2011 as well."

Source: usgnnAuthor: shangyi

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