„Every future annual ISOLAR-Conference will differ from the previous”. With these words Hans-Joachim Arnold, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the ISOLAR Group, welcomed the participants of the conference in Berlin in 2017. So far him and the organization team of the ISOLAR Glas Consultance (IGB) have kept these words. After the conference schedule in Berlin, that differed from the common routine and the forward looking meeting at arcon Flachglas-Veredlung GmbH & Co. KG in Feuchtwangen in 2018, the round about 55 participants met in Ponferrada, north west of Spain, in the end of June 2019.
The first host in Spain was Tvitec, the local ISOLAR-member. Due to the increasing internationality within the group – among others, guests of the ISOLAR-member Eclipse Global Pvt. Ltd. from Vadodara (India) took part at the meeting – for the first time the conference was hold in English language. The speakers reported about new technologies in flat glass industry and have shown possible future scenarios related to the world of architecture, as well as they have told the audience what has been achieved so far. Also the relevant topics like climate change and circular economy have been referred to. A new schedule of the conference has been established, with speeches in the morning and sightseeing in the afternoon.
„We have become more international, this fact offers us new chances in different markets”, Arnold comments. The new managing director of ISOLAR Glas Consultance (IGB), Hannes Spiss, moderated the conference and gave a resumé of the previous year 2018: “Our figures for the past year (2018) are good. The ISOLAR group has produced on an average 6.400 double and triple insulating glass units per day. In sum these are 2,3 Mio units per year and a turnover increase of 7% in comparison to 2017.” In addition Spiss welcomed two new members in the group – MicroShade A/S (Taastrup, Denmark) and Glaspro Solutions GmbH from Hüttlingen, Germany.
Leave of longtime managing director
The main ISOLAR-Conference also was hold under the sign of leave of the longtime MD Dr. Klaus Huntebrinker, who has been honoured at the festive evening. “I don´t know the ISOLAR Glas Consultance (IGB) without Dr. Huntebrinker. He has been the face of IGB for 26 years, has always represented it with high passion and has carried the interests of ISOLAR members. During this long time he has implemented a lot of things also internally, so his achievements will be recognized also after his leave.” so mentioned Arnold in his speech in honor of Dr. Huntebrinker.
„I am happy to say goodbye in this atmosphere. It has been a privilege to work for ISOLAR for such a long time and in particular I want to thank the great team of ISOLAR Glas Consultance and our partners.” said Huntebrinker to the attendees of the conference.
Next year the main ISOLAR Conference will take place in Tirol, the home country of the new managing director of IGB, Hannes Spiss. At the time of going to press the date of next conference was not yet defined.
The detailed report you can read in the August edition of the magazine “bauelemente bau” which will appear in print on August 8th 2019.
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