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D&G REPORT: NOT UPLIFTING READING


The volume of PVC-U windows continues to fall, according to the Annual PVC-U Window, Door and Conservatory Industry Report from D&G Consulting.


Detailing the performance of the PVC-U industry for 2010, the 142-page report includes details, figures, analysis and forecasts to 2014 on volumes and values for PVC-U windows, doors (panel, composite, bi-fold and patio) and conservatories.


The report covers all these products by volume and value at system company, fabricator and installer level, and by sector (private housing improvement, social housing improvement, private house building, social house building and non-housing applications).


David Amos, principal of D&G said: “While it may not make uplifting reading, this latest report certainly makes


‘We are conscious that in today’s business environment, companies, institutions, accountants and banks are requiring more details and while it may be easier to bury your head in the sand or just take a guess at future trends, being armed with accurate and comprehensive information will give your business the best tools for survival and even growth, despite market conditions.’


vital reading. As our markets continue to suffer from the effects of saturation, shrinking and recession, the demand for quality market information and most importantly forecast data is no less crucial now than when our market peaked in 2003. With the decline continuing, the forecast through to 2014 for the window industry is not encouraging either with essentially no growth forecast due to the Government’s austerity measures, cut backs and the ensuing dive in consumer confidence and spending.”


“Thanks to our forecasting


model that uses construction industry and economic forecasts along with comprehensive interviews with window profile system companies, fabricators, raw material manufacturers, extrusion machinery companies and importers of profile, we predict that by the end of 2011, we’ll see a reduction in the volume of PVC-U window profile of 7.6%, followed by a further reduction in 2012 – albeit it slower.”


“Although we don’t expect


recovery to take place during the forecast period, there are several areas that companies looking for growth should be considering. The report provides these insights. We are conscious that in today’s business environment, companies, institutions, accountants and banks are requiring more details and while it may be easier to bury your head in the sand or just take a guess at future trends, being armed with accurate and comprehensive information will give your business the best tools for survival and even growth, despite market conditions.”


The cost of the report is £2,200 (£2,000 to existing customers). All purchasers receive a free update to the forecast section in the autumn and following spring. The reports are sent by email.


T » 01424 773134 www.dandgconsulting.co.uk


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WEBSITE LAUNCHED THIS MONTH!


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THE HOMEBUILDING & RENOVATION SHOW


4th-6th November, Harrogate Exhibition Centre


BWF LAUNCHES BETTER SUPPORT FOR BUSINESS WEBSITE


The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) recently launched its new website, aimed at providing better business support to the BWF member community and offering a more user-friendly source of information for the industry.


Useful new features include a membership ‘benefits calculator’, which will help joinery and woodworking businesses calculate the actual cost savings that BWF membership will bring them during a typical year. A much improved ‘Find a Supplier’ section has also been created to provide BWF member companies with increased visibility to potential clients, providing the opportunity to showcase their skills and specialist services and a more tailored search function for ease of use.


Roy Wakeman, BWF president, said: “This new website is the foundation


of our marketing and membership growth strategy, and we have worked with members to get their input at every stage. It will better serve our members’ business needs and help to put them in front of more potential clients. It will give them instant access to information and updates that would otherwise take days to research online.


“The BWF website is an essential commercial tool, attracting more than 3,600 unique visitors a month already. It is not a static thing – members will see it continuously developing and improving to reflect the digital needs of all users. It’s a shop window for us all, so we will use the site to help prove the true value of BWF membership and to generate more and better business leads for member firms.”


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