Currently Reading

Looking Back and Looking Forward… to GPD Finland!

Sponsored Content

Looking Back and Looking Forward… to GPD Finland!

Bill O'Keeffe | February 9, 2021
Bill O’Keeffe at GPD Finland

The author Bill O’Keeffe at GPD Finland.  Click the link below to watch the video!

One of the things that I find most valuable in our industry is the sharing of knowledge.  Whether it’s on new products, technologies, manufacturing, design trends, forecasts or conceptual research, having the different industry experts who are willing impart what they know or share their perspective in an immersive, educational forum is what I believe propels the construction industry forward.  These forums are also great events for networking, collaboration and even forging life-long friendships. As an added bonus, they are always fun. 

One of my favorite events is Glass Performing Days (GPD) in Tampere, Finland.  Scheduled every two years, GPD’s objective is to “address the entire glass industry supply chain from researchers to architects, designers, glass producers, processors, equipment providers and end-users” through presentations, workshops, factory tours and networking events. I have been to this event many times and found each experience to be more interesting, exciting and insightful than ever.  The last event was held in 2019, and we sent Sean Ross, SAFTI FIRST’s Vice President of Research & Development, to participate and immerse himself with the latest research and technologies.  The knowledge he gained from this event continues to propel our R&D initiatives forward, as well as keep SAFTI FIRST on the leading edge of glazing technology and in lock-step with world-class facilities anywhere. 

The global interruption that COVID-19 has placed on our industry’s invaluable education and networking forums and conferences has me longing for the good old days, and I believe a lot of people feel the same way.  In the meantime, please enjoy this fun video that we’ve put together.  Hopefully, this can bring back your own cherished memories and friendships resulting events you’ve participated in over the years.


The Good Old Days of GDP Finland

While there is still lingering uncertainty for the future, I believe that our industry will make its way back-to-normal, and it will be better than ever!  We certainly hope to see you in Tempere, Finland for GPD 2021 in October! 


Bill O’Keeffe at GPD FinlandThe author Bill O’Keeffe at GPD Finland. Click on the link above to watch the video! 

More from Author

Bill O'Keeffe | Oct 19, 2020

Going virtual

Manufacturers use virtual platforms to help architects meet CEU requirements. 

Bill O'Keeffe | Jul 16, 2020


"Revolutional, affordable, USA made Fire Rated Glazing for all fire protective areas makes ceramic glazing obsolete". Check out SuperClear 45-HS and SuperClear 45-HS-LI to understand why!

Bill O'Keeffe | Feb 10, 2020

USA-made fire rated glazing goes big in 2020

We are pleased to announce and share that the second phase of this $8 million expansion, upgrading our fire rated glass manufacturing facilities in Merced, California, is underway.

Bill O'Keeffe | Nov 20, 2019

Demand for advanced, USA-made fire rated glazing “RAISES THE ROOF”

With architects specifying full-vision, code-compliant, 60 and 90 minute, temperature rise doors for exit stairwells and other code required applications, we found this as an opportunity to expand our product offerings.

Bill O'Keeffe | Jun 13, 2019

Fire rated glass embraces low-iron glass trend with innovative new products

All the benefits of using low-iron glass are now possible with a USA-made fire rated glass.


Most Popular Content

  1. 2021 Giants 400 Report
  2. Top 150 Architecture Firms for 2019
  3. 13 projects that represent the future of affordable housing
  4. Sagrada Familia completion date pushed back due to coronavirus
  5. Top 160 Architecture Firms 2021