Pro Installer December 2019 - Issue 81 - Page 17

DECEMBER 2019 | 17 News Read online at THE GLAZING SUMMIT IT’S WHAT THE INDUSTRY WANTS Smart tech the next big thing, according to pro poll More than 75% of attend- ees at this year’s Glazing Summit think that smart doors and windows will be the next big thing. A poll conducted at this year’s one-day conference at Edgbaston Stadium and Conference Centre posed the question ‘Is smart windows and doors all hype? Or is it the next big thing?’ and only 24% thought it was all hype. Event organisers Purplex Marketing and Insight Data used Slido, the online Q&A and polling app, to conduct several polls throughout the day which attendees were able to take through a smartphone app. “Smart tech is very much here to stay and it’s clear that those in attendance at this year’s Glaz- ing Summit agree,” commented Andrew Scott, Glazing Summit founder and CEO of Purplex and Insight Data. “Our panel of experts provid- ed a really good discussion on smart tech – how it will evolve to become much more than just a gadget and how it will ultimately be driven by what the consumer demands.” With 98% of attendees surveyed stating that they would attend the Glazing Summit in 2020, the event is clearly a worthwhile edition to the industry calendar. The one-day conference attracted almost 350 leaders, 25 expert and keynote speakers from the glazing industry and certainly built on the success of last year. Justin Ratcliffe, Chief Executive of Cab, commented: “What we’ve had is probably one of the most realistic yet dynamic takes on the UK fenestration industry.” Russel Yates, Managing Direc- tor of AluK, commented: “The quality of the people here today was fantastic, and all the topi- cal debates were covered well. I think it’s important for the industry to understand what the future looks like and how we get there.” And Nigel Bishop, Group Sales Director of Liniar/Avantek added: “The Glazing Summit is so im- portant as it gives an idea of how everybody is feeling in all the different sectors.” Glazing Summit 2020 will take place next October at the same venue, with the date to be announced.