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GGP 12 December 2016

Congratulations to all those who came away with a trophy at the recent G16 Awards. It’s been an exciting, if at times tumultuous year, and while political and social upheavals at home and abroad have done their best to polarise people’s opinions, create uncertainty and generate upheaval, the GAwards were a fantastic reminder of the innovation, professionalism and above all, confidence, that exists in our industry. The FIT Show in April was of course a fantastic way to start the year, thanks largely to a host of major product launches, (including Profile22’s G16 award winning Optima that was billed as the most significant for a decade), that were only made possible by substantial investment – again underlining the bullish attitude in the glass and glazing industry as a whole. The EU referendum result in June did its best to throw a spanner in the works, but after a month or two when everyone seemed to be holding their breath, it has so far proved to be much less apocalyptic than expected. Although, as Brexit hasn’t actually happened yet, it could yet prove to have a significant impact, especially on those companies who do business overseas. Some have already taken the opportunity to use the performance of the pound as an excuse to hike prices, and a lot of industry commentators have pointed out that these companies will do their best to keep those prices up for as long as possible. The exception being hardware specialist, Brisant, which has declared complete transparency on the subject, backed up by a page on its website that tracks sterling’s movement in real time and the subsequent impact on its prices; which go up and down accordingly. It will be interesting to see if anyone follows suit on that one… So, what can we expect for the immediate future then? Well, the latest report from Palmer Market Research is cautious about the industry’s short to medium term prospects. You can read more in detail on page 30, but one particularly interesting statistic focused on how the home improvement market has recorded a 36% drop in volume since the year 2000, but that installed value had only dropped by 6%. According to Palmer, this shows that homeowners are focusing increasingly on premium products, ones that deliver not just efficiency and security, but aesthetics as well. The increase in demand for premium PVC-U products, foils, colour and indeed aluminium products, being further evidence of this. Speaking of which, it seems that aluminium is also going to be big at next year’s FIT Show – details of which are outlined in our interview with event director, Nickie West, on pages 22-24. It will be here before you know it! In the mean time, enjoy a happy Christmas and New Year from all the team at GGP magazine. Editor Is your supplier letting you down ? from only £365 Over 99% of orders on time & complete Quick quote turnaround Up to 1200mm sash widths Available in any colour, alongside stock colours : White, Black, Grey, Grey on White £ A Aluminium Bi-Fold Doors Tel: 01642 610798 Fax: 01642 671026 www.madefortrade.co per leaf NEW CUSTOMERS GET AN EXTRA 10% DISCOUNT* IN JANUARY 2017 GET A PRICE COMPARISON TODAY *Offer applicable to new customers on your first set of doors only. Based on a like for like quote. Offer ends on the 30th January 2017 3 EDITOR’S COMMENT


GGP 12 December 2016
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