News GGF concern over coatings The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has reported that it was concerned to hear of a potential health risk in the application of glass surface treatments (protective coatings) in UK factories. The issue has been raised by GGF members, that some factories are not taking the necessary precautions to protect their staff from inhalation of toxic particles when spraying protective coatings onto glass. The GGF will discuss the issue at its next health and safety committee meeting with a view to determining the dangers of misapplication as well as trying to gauge the scale of the issue and, if necessary, provide additional guidance to members and the wider industry. Giles Willson, GGF deputy chief executive and director of technical affairs, commented, “Having listened to our members’ concerns we will go through the GGF health and safety committee to establish the potential risks and if any further action or investigation is required.” FENSA reports quarterly growth The quarter to 30 September 2013 has seen the second consecutive quarter of growth in installations of replacement windows and doors in domestic properties, according to FENSA. The figures are up 9.5% on the same period last year (July + 9.9%, August + 5.5% and September + 13.2%). This represents the best 3rd quarter for installations since 2010, but it is still down 27% on the 2007 figures for the same period. FENSA MD, Chris Mayne, said: “Remember that any growth on last year’s figures was from a dismally low point and that we are still nearly a third below where we were before the recession.” 6 December 2013 Commercial glazing market shifts back to growth DHF members at record high The number of companies joining the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) has hit record highs, it claims. Its total membership is now said to be almost 270 with an average of five new members joining every month. The DHF represents all the ‘key players’ in industrial, commercial and garage doors and gates, as well as the leading UK manufacturers and suppliers of building hardware, locks and architectural ironmongery. The DHF believes that the membership boost follows growing realisation amongst companies that to gain competitive advantage in the market they need to adopt the quality and compliance values that it champions. 2012 was another terrible year for the industry, but from here the news is upbeat. That’s according to the latest Palmer report. With public sector cutbacks and private sector reluctance to invest, 2012 was another year of decline for the commercial glazing market. However, according to the recent Palmer Market Research report, that situation is already starting to change. By 2017, Palmer forecasts that the market will be up by nearly a quarter in real terms. Time to celebrate? That might depend on your client base. In line with the economy in general, it’s the private sector that’ll have most growth over the next few years, as the graph (above right) shows. While the market for commercial glazing in offices is set to rise by 40% over the next five years, the leisure sector will show only a 10% increase, and health will barely manage 4%, as funding cuts and delays associated with new style PFI schemes continue to have an impact. Either way, it’s good news overall for a market that saw a fourth consecutive year of decline in 2012, down 10% in volume terms to a value of £2.4bn. Only the sector that Palmer describes as ‘Other Private’, specifically in this case rail and air projects, showed a rise – and a pretty impressive one, at 26%. The difference between volume and value decreases, with the latter just over half the former, gives a hint as to the other ‘winners’ over the last few years. Palmer said: “Much of this difference seems to be due to a switch to more expensive entrance doors, for instance, the investment by supermarket chains has led to a big increase in automatic doors”. Curtain walling, roof glazing and shopfronts all saw record lows in 2012. Each is predicted to grow by between 20 and 25% in the next five years, although shopfronts will take a while to get going as some retail operators dither about continuing to invest. Windows, which represent nearly GIVING HOPE: The GM Fundraising Hope 66 Team has announced that it has raised an ‘incredible’ £180,606.35 for Hope House Children’s Hospices. GMF claims that this is the largest amount it has ever raised in a single event, beating the original target of £75,000 by over £100,000 and all thanks, it says, to the support of the industry, friends and family and the impact of social media. GM Fundraising is now hoping to surpass the £1 million mark for Hope House at its Christmas Extravaganza. Since the charity was launched in 1995 it has completed a number of cycling fundraisers, including riding from John O’Groats to Lands End and several long distance events in both Europe and North America. Collectively, these cycling events have raised over £405,000. Gary Morton, chairman of GM Fundraising, commented: ‘£180,000 is quite simply a breathtaking amount to raise and I cannot thank everyone enough. The team at Hope House are quite staggered at what we have achieved for them and we know what a huge difference to the lives of their kids and families this will make.’ For further information log on to www.gmfundraising.co.uk, follow them on Twitter @gmfundraising or become friends on Facebook half of the market, shrunk in volume terms by 14% in 2012, but are forecast to rise by over 20% to 2017, with the growth mainly coming from the private sector. Aluminium has continued and will continue to be by far the dominant frame material, nearly 80% in 2012. However, the 40% growth rate predicted for aluminium/timber composites over the next five years suggests that the market shouldn’t become complacent. Palmer’s report also looks at the market for solar shading, most often used in education and offices. It shrunk by 8% in 2012, and is likely to grow by 25% over the next five years, slightly above the market in general.
GGP December 2013
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