Iran Glass Glass making in Iran can trace its origins back 3,500 years. Today the glass sector is an integral part of the country's industrial landscape and can count on huge reserves of silica, cheap electricity, professional skills and low labor costs. The main glass and crystal manufacturing plants are located in Tehran and Tabriz areas. According to the Iranian Glass and Crystal Producers Association, the country could become a leader in global glass manufacturing. However, along with investments from abroad the country needs to update its plants and technology in order to complete the production chain. Following the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the international agreement on Iranís nuclear program, known commonly as the Iran deal) and the cancellation of international economic sanctions, foreign investments are entering the country and will increase the opening of new companies and the setting up of joint ventures. In order to establish itself on the world stage, Iran needs to start increasing domestic production both in container glass and tableware and in flat glass. On the one hand, a young and growing population coupled to a better economic outlook will lead to more end users for tableware, food&beverage and cosmetic containers; on the other, the flat glass market can benefit from the growth of the construction and automotive fields: just think that Iran is planning to produce 3 million vehicles over the next 10 years.
Colombia is one of the best performing country in the South American continent: it is the fourth largest country, it has almost 49 million inhabitants and it is third in the ranking of Latin American economies. Colombia registered a positive GDP growth over the recent years, thanks to its dynamic domestic market and the government committment to provide incentives for investments and stability for investors. The glass industry in Colombia showed favorable results in 2010 and 2011, decreasing in 2012 and 2013, before rebounding to 9,50 per cent in 2014. Colombia is one of South American countries where the local glass industry recycles up to 51 per cent of glass. The Colombian glass industry market is focused on both flat and hollow-container glass and international leading glass companies are already present in the country (such as, for example, Saint-Gobain and Owens-Illinois). Economic stability and social progress are boosting the country. In the first half of 2016 the industrial output increased by 4,5 per cent and its growth was higher than other sectors. Both the beverage and pharmaceutical industry registered appreciable results and can only improve in the next few years. The building sector is expected to register a compound annual growth rate of 12 per cent. Colombia is the fourth largest vehicle producer in Latin America. Colombia is also trying to establish itself internationally;, in fact it has signed trade deals with many countries (United States, European Union, Canada) and it is part of Mercosur, Pacific Alliance, EFTA, Triangulo del Norte, Caricom, etc.
BAKU GLASS 2016: for the first time, international experts, solution providers, product suppliers, professionals and decision makers from the glass manufacturing and processing industries of the Caucasus will have the chance to meet in the main city of Azerbaijan for a two-day event exclusively dedicated to doing business and discussing the latest technical advances in the glass sector.
With the end of the embargo, Cuba is opening up to modernization and development in all sectors and glass is certain to be at the forefront. A great deal of glass technology is obsolete and requires complete renovation or replacement. CUBA GLASS is the first international event that offers the opportunity to meet the very people who need to renew and modernize, as well as those who want to invest in the island.