Last year many of us in the trade press had to swallow our pride and admit we got it wrong about the FIT Show but I’ve eaten so much humble pie about that I’ve had to go on a diet.
The occasion last week at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry was entitled the Triple Glazing Question, organised by Edgetech UK and hosted admirably by its managing director, Andy Jones. The obvious question was how on earth could you devote a whole day to talking about this system without boring the pants off of people?
There was a combination of factors that prevented that. Firstly, Edgetech did not try to make it a sales opportunity for its own brand of warm edge technology. Secondly, the subjects were carefully chosen and thirdly, the speakers were able to bring their own particular expertise to the question – has triple glazing a real future in the UK?
Many of us would argue that it has, if only because it has been in this country for a while with a number of well seasoned companies serving it.
The simple fact is that some 500 people who attended were not disappointed and more on this can be found in the April issue where there is a full write up in the Energy Efficiency feature.
All in all, this has been a good month or two for the sector as figures show that we appear to be emerging into the daylight, economically speaking. Even the recent figures for construction which showed a fall in February, could be explained on the appalling weather that was suffered in the UK. Proof of this came last week.You could hardly get a more bullish prediction from the latest Construction Products Association (CPA) survey that expected an 18% growth by 2017.
Those coming back from attending fensterbau in Nuremburg last month, also reported that the event was heaving and successful. With the FIT Show in June, we will have enough evidence that the recovery is being sustained, not just in forecasts but with that heady mixture of pressing flesh at shows and orders won.
Just the kind of news we must relish before the Easter break.