This was the previous edition
VETECO was held in the context of ePower&Building (Construtec, Veteco, BIMexpo and Matelec), an event that saw close to 90,000 trade visitors, 24% more than in the previous edition in 2016 and comfortably surpassing expectations. 15% of the visitors were from abroad, mainly from European Union countries, North Africa and Latin America, in particular Morocco and Colombia, the two guest countries at this year’s event. The number of exhibitor companies exceeded 1,600, representing an increase of 25% relative to the previous trade fair.
The event occupied eight halls of the Feria de Madrid and was held under the banner of sustainability, innovation and technology for building. Bringing together all the sectors and areas relating to the entire building process in one event for the second consecutive year has proved a great success, leading to a proliferation of synergies and business opportunities.
This year’s VETECO saw VETECO SOLAR, created in 2016 to respond to this sector's needs, establish itself definitively. It also saw the new VETECO GLASS fair, serving the entire glass industry, being widely accepted, together with dedicated seminars in both segments. With the incorporation of these new areas, VETECO shows its market awareness by expanding its offer in a manner that is customised to the corresponding segments.
Wide ranging forums and seminars
A variety of technical conferences were held during VETECO 2018. The 2nd Seminar on Solar Protection and Management took place on 14 November it was organised by VETECO SOLAR, ASEFAVE and the magazine Protección Solar, published by Interempresas Media. The seminar addressed the issue of "How to Improve Comfort through Solar Control and Management" and was aimed at referrers, industrialists and installers. The objective was to present and discuss the latest trends in this sector and report on the new regulatory measures to be implemented soon. This last aspect was addressed by Inés Gómez, from the Technical Department at ASEFAVE.
In addition, the seminar "Insulating Glass Beyond the Concept" took place on 15 November, and was organised by VETECO GLASS, ASEFAVE and Interempresas Media, which publishes Vitrea magazine. The first part of the seminar included three presentations from companies related to the insulating glass manufacturing process. The second part of the seminar consisted of a round table with senior representatives from the sector in the Iberian Peninsula. The main objective of the round table was to deal with all the general topics related to insulating glass that professionals in the sector should be aware of. Agustí Balbuena, expert architect and consultant, and moderator of the round table, discussed issues such as the history of insulating glass and its evolution, analysis of its performance, the demands in its production and future innovations. All the members of the round table agreed that glass is gaining in importance.
For its part, ASEFAVE, the Spanish Light Façades and Windows Manufacturers Association, organised a further two seminars. On 13 November, The Ibero-American Enclosure Forum's Open Seminar hosted representatives from the enclosure associations from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay and the Dominican Republic, who analysed the situation in their markets and the challenges and opportunities in each of them.
The association also organised the seminar "Taxation as an Engine for Rehabilitation" on the morning of Friday, 16 November. During the event, successful cases in which tax treatment was involved and tax proposals to boost the renovation sector were presented.