A whopping 98% of attendees said they would attend the Glazing Summit next year, demonstrating the success of this year’s event.

The one-day conference tackled some of the biggest industry issues, including sustainability and recycling, navigating Brexit, fire regulations and accreditations, innovation and smart technology, and tackling the skills shortage.

Twenty-five speakers, including industry experts and keynotes from the wider business world, were on hand to discuss the topics.

It was also the first time we used the valuable audience interaction tool Slido, which allowed attendees to ask our speakers questions and it was used for several polls during the day.

Not all doom and gloom

While there are many challenges the industry faces, it’s clear that it’s not all doom and gloom according to most of the Glazing Summit audience.

When asked how they thought the state of the market is in 2019 compared to 2018, 51% said about the same, while 24% said it was better than last year.

The way forward

One of the big topics on the agenda was smart tech and the debate on innovation and smart tech brought Liniar and Avantek Machinery’s Martin Thurley, Pilkington’s Tony Smith, Johan Ambulm of Assa Abloy and Smart-Tech advisor Mark Spånberg.

They looked at what the new products are that will spearhead growth and profits, and what will be the impact of smart technology in what was a hugely interesting discussion.
The audience also had their say, and when asked if they thought smart windows and doors are all hype or the next big thing, 76% said the next big thing.

The perfect venue

While the Glazing Summit’s content and stellar line-up of speakers contributed to its success, the venue, Edgbaston Stadium and Conference Centre, also played its part, and 55% of those who attended gave it 5 stars as a venue.

Plans are well underway for The Glazing Summit 2020, so watch this space.