28 NEW YEAR MESSAGES Roger Hartshorn, managing director, HL Plastics for an improvement in trading conditions; however based on an incredible year in 2014, I would be happy to say ‘same again’ this time. At the start of 2014 I had expressed a hope that the year would be good for the industry as a whole, and for Liniar fabricators and installers in particular I see no reason to wish for anything else this time round. I think the energy, enthusiasm, and innovative approach to business which typifies our industry remains the catalyst for growth. At Liniar we will certainly continue to use these things to our advantage, and we are very much looking forward to another exciting year of growth and expansion ahead of growth for our industry. Dan Gill, MD, Window Widgets Stephen Byers, managing director, Ritec International www.ggp.com January 2015 In 2015, homeowners will continue to want more choice, more options and something different to what they already have. With the continued increase of PVC-U windows now being replaced for a second time the question is, why should they At the start of recent years I guess, like many, I would have been hoping The New Year ushers in exciting themes of renewal, recommitment and new horizons as resolutions are made. This is especially important for the glass surface treatment market which Ritec pioneered and developed over 30 years ago. As leaders in the glass surface treatment industry we call for an end to misrepresentation and misselling which has caused confusion and had a detrimental effect on the market. In 2015, let's reignite confidence with honesty and integrity and get the train back on the track for the sake of all glass and glazing companies. Paul Godwin, managing director, FIT Show By the nature of managing exhibitions we have to look forward, years in fact, so we have had to assess what the markets may be like not just for the next couple of years but even beyond that. We have to stick our necks out, rather like those poor turkeys at Christmas….although of course, nobody dies. The FIT Show 2016 is already successful in that most of the exhibition space at last year’s event was contracted for 2016 within weeks of it ending. What we have to do of course is recreate and build upon the fantastic energy that characterised the last two shows, the first especially, to make sure that of course, FIT 2016 is a cost-effective investment for everyone involved, but also that it is fun and exciting. I know therefore, if nothing else, that we will leave our mark on the window, door, conservatory and glass sectors throughout much of 2015; and we have some exciting ideas that we will be introducing, too. It will be amazing just how quickly everyone will have to start thinking about 2016 and what they are going to do at the FIT Show! Another certainty of course is the uncertainty that the general election will bring. Frankly, I have no idea how that will swing, other than perhaps the time for serious change may be upon us. John Crittenden, managing director, Carl F Groupco Last year was good for most people working in the window industry – a lot of today’s companies are survivors that have lived through a number of recessions and in 2014 spirits were lifted by long awaited green shoots of growth. Building sector expansion has played a significant part, with positive repercussions throughout the market. Investment and infrastructure are important and a comprehensive hardware range has been developed at Carl F Groupco. We continue to put money into marketing, training and processes. We have maintained our conviction that our product offer is good and backed this with technical service and delivery commitment. We haven’t cut corners and 2014’s order book was healthy. We are experiencing a general increase in demand across all lines and it is encouraging that growth is being felt across the industry. As part of continual development, we are expanding our aluminium and timber presence plus a number of exciting product launches are planned for 2015. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers and hardworking teams at our Peterborough headquarters, Cumbernauld distribution centre and everyone ‘on the road’.
GGP January 2015
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