Materials 2017: what’s inside?

Innovators in material specification highlight their influential ideas for the conference

Influential individuals and featured speakers scheduled for the Materials 2017 conference have shared their seminar topics, which include major developments in the use of structural glass, and the alternative functionalities of architectural materials.

Tim Macfarlane, Managing Director of GL&SS, has outlined his discussion which is, in his own words, “rather unusually” to do with the use of glass as a structural material. Twelve distinct advances in structural glass will be revealed by Macfarlane in his conference seminar, taking place on Tuesday 25 April.

Creative approaches to the structural use of construction materials are to feature as a recurring theme at Materials 2017 as Vladimir Marinov, Senior Engineer at Arup and Materials 2017 conference speaker, plans to demonstrate how different materials can be brought together, looking beyond their primary purposes towards other functionalities.

Sustainability, cost, life-cycle performance, thermal and acoustic efficiency, and potential for re-use and recycling are just some of the variable characteristics which must be taken into account when choosing materials for a project and will appear in many of the other seminars taking place. Materials 2017, the new London conference and exhibition, delivers a transparent platform where construction professionals can gain confidence in their specification choices down to the last of these details.

The vibrant exhibition area will feature numerous innovative manufacturers in the built environment. ROCKFON, Xtratherm UK, Black Mountain Insulation are recent additions to the exhibitor list which already includes Recticel, Imperial Bricks, Metamark Technical Films, Kallisto Stairs, and many more.

Incorporating the exhibition hall with stands and Meet the Buyers forum, plus CPD seminars, Materials 2017 is a must-visit event for all industry professionals, enabling face-to-face engagement in social conversation and the expansion of business relationships with top materials manufacturers. What’s more is that Materials 2017 is completely free to attend for delegates and competitive prices are available for sponsor and exhibitor packages.

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About the event organisers

Materials 2017 is being launched from a collaboration between netMAGmedia Ltd and David Schindler, combining over 40 years of knowledge and experience within the construction sector. netMAGmedia Ltd’s key industry publications such as its flagship title, Architects’ Datafile (ADF), as well as other brands, serve as a powerful platform for the launch of Materials 2017. And Schindler has launched and headed up the world’s largest international real estate show, MIPIM, for Reed Exhibitions over 14 years.

This partnership of extensive industry-specific media experience and trade show expertise is sure to make Materials 2017 an invaluable event to add to the calendar. For more information visit

For enquiries regarding exhibiting or sponsoring please contact David Schindler at (+44) 07815 888800 or email david(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)