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Industry fights back – light at the end of the tunnel

Just released is The 2013 Annual PVC Window, Door and Conservatory Industry Report from independent specialists D&G Consulting. It is the most up to date report on the current health and prospects for the UK window, door and conservatory markets.

Crucially, D&G report that the medium and long term prospects are probably more favourable for the industry than for many years. Having been battered by events over the past five years, most out of the control of the industry – but some self inflicted – we see clear signs of an industry led fight back. The industry is leaner and more professional. The report identifies that many companies are adapting to the current austerity measures and fighting to get an increased share of the consumer’s disposable income. There is a new resilience and this is reflected in this report and especially in the forecast sections.

This comprehensive 159 page new report details the actual performance of the UK PVC window, door and conservatory industry. It is packed with detail, figures, analysis and forecasts to 2016 on volumes and values for PVC windows, doors (panel, composite, bi-fold and patio) and conservatories. As for all of this series of reports, the latest issue covers all the 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).

Compared to previous editions the report has substantially enhanced the content on doors – especially composite and PVC bifold – and conservatories.
• It is both composite and bifold doors that are experiencing growth over and above the industry average.
• Conservatories play such a significant part of the industry values at both the fabricator and installer levels. After a period of decline from the start of the credit crunch and recession a modest increase in conservatory volumes and values is forecast.

Chart A illustrates the different trends in the various sectors of the window market with most sectors being predicted to rise over the forecast period while Chart B shows the trends in the door market, demonstrating the growing position of composite doors.









David Amos, Principal of D&G comments: “We are now seeing positive signs of increasing confidence and recovery in the window market and our latest report certainly provides key information to back this up. But there are winners and losers. Some companies are growing faster than others. Some sectors are in growth and others in decline. Some products are forecast to fare better than others.

“As our markets start to recover from the problems of the past few years the demand for quality market information and most importantly forecast data is crucial. Thanks to our forecasting model that uses construction industry and economic forecasts, along with comprehensive interviews with many companies in the industry, we believe that we will see the start of a slow growth. The report provides insights to which products and markets are likely to experience growth. It is clear that by 2016 the industry will be very different from that before the recession – the report shows that there is no prospect of a return to what some may refer to as ‘The good old days’.

“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 to latch on to the new growth.”

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. D&G are happy to visit and discuss the report and help you present the data in a format useful for individual businesses and stakeholders.

Email D&G Consulting now on or phone David Amos on 01424 773134 to order your copy or if you would like a copy of the introduction and list of contents.

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