At GlassBuild 2021, Enthusiasm and Optimism Shined
While attendance at GlassBuild America this past week was lighter than usual – not unexpected due to current circumstances – it was clear that the nearly 5,000 industry professionals who made the journey to Atlanta came with a mission.
From learning about the latest innovations in products, automated machinery and software to exploring new supplier relationships and networking with colleagues… attendees were engaged and ready to get down to business. More than 300 companies exhibited, and the K&A team was busy on the show floor meeting with editors and publishers to compare thought leadership and channel developments in glass. As well as to review window and door offerings for the residential and commercial segments.
Our key takeaway based on our conversations with important channel influencers: while supply chain challenges, availability of materials, and the labor shortage all are “top of mind”… demand remains strong. And that the industry continues to be optimistic.
That sentiment was echoed during the Economic Forecast, where Connor Lokar, senior forecaster for ITR Economics, noted that the North American glass and fenestration industry can expect “an appealing runway” and steady growth in 2022 and 2023… and beyond.