March 05, 2009 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
McLean, VA (March 5, 2009) – Executives from several of the world's leading solar panel manufacturers and supplier firms have agreed to participate in a high-profile, interactive panel discussion at the year's largest and most important showcase for the North American glass industry.

The blue-chip panel presentation will be held in conjunction with GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo® on October 1st at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Panelists will offer a comprehensive overview of the global industry, including the latest solar panel research, current and long-term market trends and developments in both photovoltaic and mirror technologies.

The panel discussion, presented by the Global Fair Alliance (, will be moderated by Russell Ebeid, Glass Group President for Guardian Industries Corp. Mr. Ebeid will facilitate the presentations and Q&A with audience participants.

Panelists representing top companies in both the domestic and global solar panel markets, include –

Steve Coonen
Vice President
Applied Solar

Dr. Gerald Fine
President & CEO
SCHOTT North America

Daniel Lau, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Managing Director
XYG GLASS, a division of Xinyi Glass Holdings Ltd

Scott Thomsen
Chief Technology Officer
and Group Vice President Guardian Industries Corp.

"We're very pleased to add this groundbreaking session to the agenda for our 2009 show," said David Walker, NGA vice president of association services. "GlassBuild America has long been the most important annual gathering of the North American glass industry, and we believe our attendees will value this comprehensive overview of the rapidly evolving solar movement."

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About NGA
Founded in 1948, the National Glass Association is the largest trade association representing the flat (architectural) and auto glass industries. Based outside Washington, DC, and representing nearly 4,000 member companies and locations, NGA offers certification, education and training, including – a state-of-the-art online training resource. NGA publishes the industry's leading trade magazines: Glass Magazine® and Window & Door®; and e-newsletters: e-glass weekly™ and WDweekly™. In addition, NGA serves the industry and general public with its Web sites:,,,, and NGA also hosts the industry's premier annual trade events: GlassBuild America®: The Glass, Window & Door Expo and the National Auto Glass Conference. For more information on NGA, visit