Over 250 guests from more than 30 Countries all over the World, arrived for a three-day event dedicated to technological innovation in the glass sector, with special focus on the processing of large formats insulating glass units but also relative to the latest developments in the production of laminated glass, edging, drilling & milling, vertical cutting and automation inside the glass factory.
The FOREL OPEN HOUSE 2018, held in Vallio di Roncade (TV) from 28 to 30 June, an appointment that gave the historical Treviso-based Company the opportunity to welcome many customers to its headquarters, to show the innovations applied to its machinery and discuss market and technological trends of the sector.
This year, the highlight of the event was the presentation of a massive line for the production of insulating glass, known as “NO LIMITS” 9000 line, an impressive system capable of producing insulating glass units up to 9 meters in length and 3.30 meters in height, usually manufactured for building façade applications. (The new “No Limits” Range can be configured to process IG panes up to 15 meters of length.)
“This is a line designed to respond to the growing demand for “large sizes” coming from the glass market” explains Fortunato Vianello, Founder and President of Forel “Despite being an exceptional product, it is born from the same philosophy from which all of our machines were born, for more than 40 years now: understanding the customer needs, foreseeing the market trends, developing new solutions accordingly”
All participating entrepreneurs had the opportunity to take a closer look at the innovative solutions of Forel and also see them at work through a number of machinery demonstrations, including the processing of extra-jumbo sheets and the automatic handling and sorting system complete with infeed, buffer and outfeed stations.
The event was not limited to machinery showcasing but also offered all guests the opportunity to discuss topics of interest, inspired by the contributions of some first-rate speakers.
Giuseppe Vita, Head of the Technical Department from Saint-Gobain Italy and Maureen Tsagouria, Product & Market Manager, Façade Business Unit, from Saint-Gobain Building Glass Europe, held the conference “The evolution of glass for architecture”, followed by a second conference entitled “Market trends in facades” held by Giacomo Sangalli, Commodity Manager of Permasteelisa Group.
The topic of applications in the building industry was a key-point also during the conference session on Friday, opened by Ennio Mognato, Flat Glass Laboratory Director of the “Stazione Sperimentale del Vetro”, with a speech entitled “Glass in large formats: regulations and issues”, and continued with Sandro Casaccio, Sales & Market Development Manager of Kuraray Italy, who spoke about “The world of interlayers in laminated glass”.
With its Headquarters in Vallio di Roncade (TV), two additional production plants in the Veneto region, two commercial and service international branches (North America and Russia) and 21 agencies in the world, Forel exports its machinery to over 60 countries worldwide. The continuous investment in Research and Development has allowed the Company to maintain all design and production in Italy (even at times when other companies preferred to delocalize). To date, Forel has grown to exceed 200 direct employees (of which 50 hired in the last two years) and 300 employees in partner companies.