Clearview National May 2017 - Issue 186 - Page 74

COUNCIL FOR ALUMINIUM IN BUILDING FIT SHOW 2017 PAVILION BIG THINKING ALUMINIUM Justin Ratcliffe, CEO, Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB) looks forward to a record-breaking CAB Pavilion at the FIT Show, which will highlight aluminium’s growing presence in the domestic and home improvement sectors… » » The 14-member strong 400m2 CAB Aluminium Pavilion in Hall 8, NEC at the FIT Show, is testament to the growing interest in the use of aluminium in the door, window and conservatory markets in housing. It also highlights how the Association has taken on board the FIT Show strap line ‘Think Big’. According to Robert Palmer, Palmer Market Research, ‘since 2008 aluminium has seen exponential growth of 37% in value terms’ in this sector. This is impressive because it’s been delivered while the market as a whole grew by just 2%. CAPTURE THE IMAGINATION The event has really captured the imagination of the residential aluminium in building sector with Hall 8 dominated by the material. In fact, it is aluminium’s largest ever presence at a UK construction show since the early 1980’s. CAB, for its part, will be highlighting aluminium’s significant presence in the domestic/home improvement sectors and the potential for further growth. According to Palmer in his report on The Window, Door and Conservatory Markets in Housing 2016, ‘aluminium as a material type and bi-fold doors remain in the ascendancy, building share in new markets’. Palmer predicts that there will be growth in the bi- fold door market of around 50% to 35,000 door sets by 2020. CAB’s latest State of the Market Survey (Q4, 2016) highlighted tha t despite the uncertainty that prevailed last year, there was still a lot of confidence in the future with 70% net balance of respondents expecting sales to increase over the next 12 months (60% in the next quarter). FOLLOW THE TRAIL The 14 CAB members on the Pavilion represent a wide cross section of the supply chain: Adshead Ratcliffe & Co; AkzoNobel Powder Coatings; Alpro Architectural Hardware; Aluminium Bending Specialists; Dales Fabrications; Dyer Environmental Services; Howells Patent Glazing; HW Architectural; RAICO UK; Sherwin-Williams Diversified Brands; Valspar Powder Coatings, 74 M AY 2 01 7 Vent Engineering, Vertik-Al and VINCI Technology Centre UK. There are a further 19 CAB members with their own stands throughout the FIT Show with all members being highlighted in the form of a ‘CAB Trail’. The exhibition’s timing is good in so many ways as there are a great number of new aluminium products being launched at the exhibition by CAB members keen to highlight their focus on this sector. With an anticipated audience of over 10,000 during the 3 days, a seminar programme, extended opening hours and a fantastic Master Fitter Challenge, there is a lot to both excite exhibitors and to entice visitors. LOUNGING AROUND With its renowned technical expertise, the CAB Technical Team will be on hand in the CAB Lounge area (CAB 01) to answer queries on relevant standards, regulations and best practice issues. The Lounge will be a draw for any fabricator/installer interested in adding aluminium to their existing range or wanting to know how they can take part in CAB’s training provision for member companies. We will be taking bookings for our Fabricator/ Installer courses which include 3 relevant NVQ Units. For the initial one day courses the units will cover Health & Safety, handling materials and fabrication or installation of windows. Successful candidates will receive a GQA Skills Card. Courses are scheduled to run in Sheffield, Birmingham and London during 2017. Fabricators undertaking more complex works may be interested to know learn how they can sign up for our series of leading contractual awareness courses organised by CAB and presented, throughout the UK, by Knowles. CAB is also interested in talking to fabricators and installers about the array of membership benefits available in 2017 and beyond and how being part of CAB can help demonstrate competency in the market place and always being up to date with the latest standards, regulations as well as contractual issues. OVERWHELMING SUPPORT We have been overwhelmed by the aluminium sector’s support for the FIT Show, so much so that we are partnering again with the exhibition in 2019 and are already on the floorplan. Now that’s thinking BIG! Join us on the CAB Pavilion and CAB Lounge (CAB 01) - we look forward to seeing you! For more information on CAB and its activities contact the Association on 01453 828851 or email julie.harley@c-