Following the advice of the Steering Committee that was created to provide input from the glass industry, the dates for the next Glass Processing & Technology (GP&T) exhibition have been revised from May 2007 back to November 2007, thus restoring the timing of the event to that of the highly successful launch show.
The GP&T Steering Committee was established from the outset for GP&T in order to give the event's organisers guidance on key issues, and to provide the industry with an event that accurately reflected its needs. It comprises representatives from the key areas of the industry including glass manufacturers and processors, machinery manufacturers and distributors, merchants and component distributors, and the Glass & Glazing Federation, and is chaired by Gary Dean of glass tools and supplies manufacturer Bohle Ltd.
Although originally scheduled to next take place in May, the Committee advised that they believed the new dates - 20th to 22nd November 2007 - which return the event to the calendar slot occupied by the highly successful launch show in 2003, are more appropriate for the industry. The date change takes GP&T away from the notoriously busy spring UK exhibition calendar, which includes sister event Glassex.
"GP&T has come along just at the right time as the processing and specification of glass reaches new levels of complexity," explained Gary Dean. "We are therefore very keen that the event continues to provide such a valuable forum for the industry and its customers, and the members of the Steering Committee are very eager to continue the success of the launch event. Switching the dates back to the November slot is part of that."
Event Manager Steve Redman commented: "The Steering Committee has played a huge part in the success of GP&T and we are very lucky to have such an input. The net effect of their involvement is that the glass industry benefits directly by getting exactly the event that it wants; this is a very important element of GP&T."