2008 Glassex Show / 2008 Glass Processing & Technology Show

This was the official website for both the 2008 Glassex Show, the UK's only dedicated event for the door, window and conservatory industries, and the Glass Processing & Technology Show, which covers the flat, structural and decorating glass markets, as well as insulated glass and glass in the built environment.

Content is from the site's 2008 archived pages.


Glassex and Glass Processing & Technology

Glass Processing & Technology have been moved to co-located halls, with mid-week dates and extended opening hours in April 2008. For the first time the two events will take place next door to each other, in Halls 3A (GP&T) and 4 (Glassex) at the NEC Birmingham with a cross-over point between them. Taking place from Tuesday 8 - Thursday 10 April 2008, visitors will be able to register and access both exhibitions with a single ticket.

Opening Times 2008

Tuesday 8 April:
9.00am- 5.00pm
Wednesday 9 April:
10.00am - 7.00pm
Thursday 10 April:
10.00am - 5.00pm


About Glassex

Glassex is the UK's only dedicate event for the door, window and conservatory industries, attracting visitors from a wide range of sectors including the building sector, door, window and conservatory manufacturers, installers, systems companies, hardware, consumables and the public sector.

The visitor audience to Glassex comprises door, window and conservatory fabricators and installers, commercial specifiers, local authorities and housing associations, builders and property developers, window and door systems suppliers, machinery manufacturers and distributors, conservatory roof systems suppliers, and glazing consumables manufacturers and suppliers.

If you are involved in the manufacture or supply of doors, windows, conservatories and associated products and services, you should be at Glassex.

About GP&T

Glass Processing & Technology covers the flat, structural and decorating glass markets, as well as insulated glass and glass in the built environment. GP&T will showcase the full breadth of glass: its manufacture, processing, treatments and coatings, through to its wide variety of applications as an end product in the built environment.
Be it toughened, treated, bent, fused, blown, blasted, manipulated or any other way of processing glass for the exterior or interior of a building, it will be at GP&T.

The co-location with Glassex reflects the synergies between the two events, bringing benefits to both exhibitors and visitors.


With Glassex and Glass Processing & Technology now co-located shows, visitors will now be able to access both shows with one ticket. Taking place from Tuesday 8 - Thursday 10 April 2008, the two events will bring exhibitors from the fenestration, doors and conservatory sectors and the the flat, structural and decorating glass markets side by side in halls 3A and 4 of the NEC Birmingham.

Pre-registration is now live, and you can register yourself and your colleagues on one form. Please use the link to the right to register to attend Glassex and GP&T 2008.


Note from the editor:
When launching the promotion efforts for our 2008 event, we discovered a huge issue within Google's search results. Searches for "Glassex Show" were showing results for cocaine and heroin news items. The top result was for a record setting drug bust of a distributor who had over 1000 sellers working the streets and public housing communities in Baltimore. This went on long enough for us to consider legal action but were stymied by the cost. Our developers suggested this might have been some confusion within Google regarding glassine - which is often what street drugs are packaged in - and Glassex. They also showed us that this type of search screw up was pretty commonplace and that Google was very unresponsive regarding a remedy. Fortunately the problem resolved itself in a couple of weeks, which was just enough time to do some damage but we believe we overcame the problem with our good press and PR.

An update: 2020
2020 was one of the most unusual years ever for business and society in general. Life is a lot different in 2020 than it was in 2008 when it comes to conventions. Many events had to be held virtually because of the Covid 19 pandemic. Many events went virtual. My cousin who works at the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF), the UK“s primary trade association for the flat glass, glazing, window, home improvement, plastics and window film industries recently face timed me and said that all their meetings are via video conferencing. That sounds like what happened to me when NYC where I live, shut down in the early spring due to covid. Since then all my meetings with clients are through Zoom. I create the graphics and write content for websites. I frequently work with other vendors such as SEO companies and my client's webmaster. Recently a client asked if I could recommend a firm who offer effective seo services and social media expertise. I was actually able to give a name of a very well known consultant, Bob Sakayama, who is the CEO of NYC based TNG/Earthling. He has been guiding the implementation of a site for another client and has really made a huge improvement in their search traffic. I'm cc'ed in all their back and forth emails and I'm really impressed with what Bob has been teaching us. It's been educational. Both my cousin and I like probably most folks are anxiously awaiting for a covid 19 vaccine so like can go back to normal.The United Kingdom became the first country to approve a Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and its partner BioNTech so I am following closely to see how they roll it out. Hopefully this will be the start of the end of the pandemic. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that New York State will receive an initial delivery of enough COVID-19 vaccine doses for 170,000 New Yorkers. If all safety and efficacy approvals are granted by the federal government, the state expects to receive the vaccines—which were created by Pfizer—on December 15. That's a start, but I don't expect to see someone like me being able to get the vaccine for at least another 6 months. The 2008 Glassex Show is just a distant memory now. But the content on this page should should help trigger lots of recollections, if you originally attended it.



Exhibitor Benefits

When you take a stand at Glassex or GP&T you don't just get a space only site or a shell scheme stand. You also benefit from the full weight of the marketing and PR campaign, plus your own opportunities to maxmise your investment. There is a raft of opportunities available to you free of charge that you can build into your own marketing campaign before the show.

  • Your company listing on the Glassex-GP&T website, including your logo and link, a company entry and as many press releases as you wish to submit.
  • The opportunity to upload as many as 5 product images onto your company entry on the website for no extra cost.
  • The opportunity to submit your company news to our PR agency for consideration in our online newsletter, for our own PR campaign, for the Press previews and in our marketing campaign to visitors.
  • The opportunity to provide your clients with personalised invitations, whether in hard copy or email form.
  • A 75-word entry in the Official Show Guide, plus your listing in the Product Index. The Show Guide is given to all visitors as they enter the halls.
  • The chance to enter the New Product Awards if you want to announce a product you are launching at the show. This information is used pre-show in our own marketing and PR campaign, gaining you valuable exposure before the doors even open.

All the marketing opportunities are outlined fully in the Exhibitor Manual. You will be given secure access to this when the Manual is live and on return of your contract. 

If you would like to speak to a member of the team about the marketing opportunities available to exhibitors, please email claire.shilling@emap.comor call her on 020




If you are exhibiting at Glassex or GP&T and have a story you think should appear here, please contact
Frances Ross
Account Director
CIB Communications
Bridge House
27 Bridge Street
Surrey KT22 8DD
Tel 01372 371800
Fax 01372 371801



2008 Conservatory Design Competition

ConservatoriesOnline.com has been providing homeowners with independent, well-researched information and advice on all aspects of specifying and installing a conservatory since 1999, with more than 50,000 thousand people consulting the ConservatoriesOnline.com network of websites every month.

Within the information we offer is the core message that 'quality' is the key to every aspect of successfully installing a conservatory and that is why we are delighted to be involved with the Conservatory Design Competition, for this event, since its inception, has sought to find and reward the very best that the conservatory industry has to offer - in other words it too has 'quality' at the core of its objectives.

Conservatories continue to provide, not just relatively low cost, but more attractive living space for every type of home or commercial property. Conservatories do not just provide additional space to accommodate greater numbers of people, they offer what often becomes the favourite room, a magnet for people to connect to the outdoors, whatever the weather, throughout the year.

The conservatory industry has an excellent and healthy future ahead of it, even if sales are somewhat stifled by adverse market conditions in the current period. The future will be all the more assured if consumer and specifier confidence in the conservatory indstry remains high, if excellence in every aspect of conservatory design, build and installation is pursused by manufacturers and installers.

The recognition and reward for excellence is what the Glassex Conservatory Design Competition is all about, and why ConservatoriesOnline.com is proud to be associated with it.



Glassex Award

At the close of the Glassex show Kombimatec Machines received the award for 'Best New Window Machinery Product' at Glassex GP&T 2008 and was presented by Mr. James Gower- Group Exhibitions Director, Emap Construct and received on behalf of Kombimatec by David Parsons, Technical Director.


The award was for the new EV475 CNC Weld Joint Cleaner. Manufactured in the UK by Kombimatec Machines Ltd at their base in Luton.

David Parsons(left)Technical Director, Kombimatec Machines Ltd receives award from Mr. James Gower(right)- Group Exhibitions Director, Emap Construct