Winkhaus:- have introduced their innovative aluPilot fitting system, according to their calculations it is said to save up to 10 minutes production time per window compared to the traditional systems available on the market.
Liniar:- has announced the appointment of Robert Thiroff to the new post of International Sales Director.
Pilkington:- at the Douglas headquarters of online gaming software business Microgaming, providing state-of-the-art office space for the company’s rapidly expanding Isle of Man team, plays a key role in attracting and maintaining talent for the company.
Prefix:- says glazed roofing still a big market. The company are in a unique position as the only one with such a geographical reach and localised technical support, for the conservatory and lantern roof sector.
Carl F Groupco:- the established hardware supplier is promoting its extensive range of panic and emergency exit gearing, which meets stringent safety standards for public and commercial installations.
CMS Window Systems:- has received high profile recognition for its success in environmental sustainability by winning a Green Apple Award in the campaign to find the greenest companies, councils and communities.
Solidor:- the most secure timber core composite door company reports sales up 20% in the first seven months to July on the same period last year and ahead of forecasts.
Double R Glass & Roofing Systems:- the specialist IGU and conservatory roof supplier is pleased to offer, at no extra cost, a 20-year warranty on its insulated glass units.
Astraseal:- has extensively expanded its offering of high-performance composite doors made in-house with the market-leading Distinction Doors slab.
Hybrid Window Systems:- now online, the new website will look to be a focal point for information on all hybrid glazing technologies.
Your next move: - the Fenestration News Jobs pages show an increase in demand for quality staff throughout the industry.
We are doing well; the solid positive message is continuing.
To create a perspective of this, it is also said that the number of participants in the fenestration industry has declined by 30% recently. This is down from what was already a very low base-line, meaning that there are significantly less players than 25 years ago.
All good then, there is more to go around. There is of course a but in that scenario, logic dictates if sales are not more than 30% up, companies are marking time, heading towards the brick wall. That’s the rub, the allusion. With orders at all companies being up and management for the most part being involved fire-fighting to keep pace with the day-to-day chores, it's all too easy to get sucked into the belief that they are doing extremely well.
As a result, the eye comes off the ball. Things that are good practice get forgotten, left to one side, 'hey' tomorrow is another day.
With the volume of active companies being significantly down, so is the marketing, the raising of consumer awareness. Marketing is down because some companies are so busy they don't see the need. So, the consumer also loses interest.
If the need isn't created with the consumer they drift towards other aspirations. This week it will be the $1000 Samsung phone, next it will be the much leaked $1000 i-Phone. Those companies are marketing hard creating the need, yet it is still only a phone. No energy saving, definitely not green.
Ironically the consumer perceives the need to be seen to be participating on saving energy, saving the planet and being comfortable at home.
With 30% less players around in the Fenestration Industry, there appears to be 30% less noise, so 30% less effort to keep the industry alight.
As an alternative, these same consumers can just as easily feel fulfilled by spending their hard-earned cash on a new electric or hybrid car. Which seems bizarre as the makers of those vehicles hide the fact there is a short lifespan for the rechargeable battery that costs more than a home full of new windows to replace in just a few short years.
Those that are keeping their profile up, are also helping to ensure a future in what probably is a difficult time around the corner. If the market is to be believed some big (meaning big) names that are now mere shadows of their former selves, have debts that are not. The debts are big in magnitude which in turn will impact on the supply chain, which affects everyone. The unprepared will not be immune from the fallout.Fenestration News
Letter to the editor: rectifying coloured PVCu
We’re receiving more and more calls asking for advice on rectifying coloured PVCu jobs that have gone wrong because window frames just aren’t being reinforced properly.
The most recent was a new-build apartment block where the architect had specified Anthracite Grey PVCu windows. The fabricator hadn’t used steel reinforcement in the frames and as temperatures rose in early summer, residents in the south facing apartments started to complain about sashes sticking and not closing correctly. On inspection, warping of the profile caused by heat from the sun was plain to see. ...more
Managing Director at Anglo European