Clearview National July 2016 - Issue 176 - Page 12

INDUSTRYNEWS Ready for the next challenge This month Clearview caught up with SWISSPACER’s National Sales Manager, Andy Everett. Following Vic De Costa’s retirement in May, Andy’s role is to develop sales and further strengthen SWISSPACER’s position in the UK and Ireland. Just over six months into the job, we met Andy to see how things are going… You joined SWISSPACER from Schüco. What was behind the move to SWISSPACER? I’d worked at Schüco for over four years and, quite simply, I was ready for the next challenge. The warm edge market was new to me so I saw the move as an opportunity to broaden my skills and expertise. SWISSPACER’s reputation and marketleading position and products made it an easy decision! More than six months into the role, how are you finding things? The past few months have been actionpacked as I’ve been busy meeting customers and prospects. I’m working closely with John Cooper (Head of Marketing & Sales UK & Ireland) to develop the business in the UK and consolidate SWISSPACER’s position as market leader. It’s been great to get out and about to build relationships and contacts. We hear a lot of talk about triple glazing, especially in mainland Europe. Do you think triple will take off here? It’s true triple glazing is no longer a niche product in Europe. Eighty percent of windows in Nordic countries are triple and it’s reached 60% in Germany. Closer to home, in Ireland one in four new windows are triple glazed. We’re sure triple glazing will continue to grow in the UK. SWISSPACER is tried and tested for triple glazing and some of our sealed unit customers already report a big rise in sales of triple glazed units. Future building regulations will dema