The odds are stacked against us – the unprecedented challenges of a global pandemic have created a climate where innovation could and should be stifled. A downturn in economic growth and investment, travel bans, supply chain issues and lockdowns are, but a few, of the valid reasons that pessimism would be a justified outlook for the future of our industry. However, those individuals and companies who work in our industry have proven their resilience, their adaptable nature and, most importantly, their optimism towards not only regaining former glory, but surpassing it.
Jean-Paul Hautekeer of Dow eloquently epitomized these thoughts in our Winter Edition of 2020, “As a Strategist, I like to refer to Churchill in many ways. As said in one of his famous remarks – ‘you should never let a crisis go to waste’. The bigger the crisis, the bigger the opportunity is for companies and businesses to implement changes (improvements!) that in normal times would have never been possible. The leading companies will be those who turn the pandemic into positive changes and grow”.
In IGS Magazine’s inaugural Spring edition of 2021, we focused on these leading companies, whom, in the midst of so much adversity, have continued to innovate. From advancing technologies to the completion of some astounding and unique projects, the pages of this issue are a testament to the steadfastness of those pushing the boundaries of glass, architecture and façade engineering.
I apologize now for the cliched use of the word ‘innovation’. As I read through the options that the ‘always open’ thesaurus gives me, I don’t find any that are suitable in terms of their accuracy and connotations. The primary source of innovation, I believe, is two-fold: (1) increasing expectations place on glass in terms of performance and (2) global environmental and sustainability concerns. The two are inextricably linked, making it apparent more than ever, that glass can no longer be a passive material. Reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions, offering transparent security, comfort and occupant well-being are just some of the drivers of innovation that are explored in this edition of IGS. From developments in smart glass, to interlayers and curved glass processing, there are a plethora of new technologies coming to the fore, responding to the needs of architects and clients. Coupled with digital transformation and the use of BIG data these advances are paving the way forward for the industry to contribute not only positively, but quantifiably to the sustainable future of our built environment.
Our next issue will be published in the Summer of 2021 where we unravel the complex nature of the modern façade and how they come to be. From the client to the architect to the façade engineer to the glass manufacturer, IGS takes you on a journey of collaboration. We look at the networks and relationships that are required from the concept to fruition of a building envelope, this is the story we shall tell…
Our eternal gratitude goes to those who sacrificed much of their valuable time spending hours preparing articles exclusively for all the beautiful men and women who read IGS – Thank you! Should you wish to address the industry in this edition please feel free to contact me for a more personal and tailored discussion at your earliest convenience. This is IGS, the world’s most popular and beloved glass industry magazine. Nothing more, nothing less….nothing else!
Author: Lewis Wilson
Marketing Director and Editor for IGS Magazine