Clearview National October 2017 - Issue 191 - Page 28

PROUD SPONSOR OF INDUSTRY NEWS INDUSTRYNEWS DEMAND REMAINS ROBUST FOR UK MANUFACTURERS Manufacturing firms reported that order books were robust in August, while expectations for selling prices ticked up, according to the CBI’s latest monthly Industrial Trends Survey. » » THE SURVEY OF 432 manufacturers found that total order books and export order books were strong in August. The firming in export orders relative to the previous month reflected rising orders in 10 of the 17 manufacturing sub- sectors, led by mechanical engineering and aerospace. Output growth remained strong and broad based and is expected to remain so over the next quarter. Meanwhile, firms’ expectations for output price inflation picked up again after having eased briefly. However, they remained lower than in the first half of 2017. Stocks were considered to be just above adequate levels, after dipping below in July, but remained below the long-run average. Anna Leach, CBI Head of Economic Intelligence, said: “There are further signs that exporters are feeling the benefit from the lower pound in this month’s figures, and output growth is expected to power on over the coming quarter. “But after a brief pause last month, expectations for selling prices have rebounded, indicating that the squeeze on consumers is set to persist. We expect CPI (Consumer Price Index) to top out at around 3% towards the end of this year and remain close to that level during 2018, as the effect of the weak pound continues to feed through.” NEW DIRECTOR OF HOME IMPROVEMENT APPOINTED » » THE GGF IS DELIGHTED TO announce the appointment of Russell Day as Director of Home Improvement. Russell takes over from Brian Smith who left the GGF last week due to semi- retirement. A trained engineer, Russell has worked in the window and door industry for 25 years, holding positions in sales, distribution, manufacturing, technical development and general management. As technical director at Abbott Joinery he was involved in the development of market-leading new build PVC-u window and cavity closer systems. During this period he also worked in site installation, contract management and the development of supply chain procedures. Russell next moved to an Italy-based composite material systems company before returning to the UK where he joined the Glass and Glazing Federation as a technical officer, before becoming a Senior Technical Officer. On taking up his new role, Russell commented, “The Home Improvement sector is vitally important to the GGF and I’ll ensure that our members continue to receive the best technical support and all the latest changes in Government policy and legislation. I am very much looking forward to taking on this role and progressing this side of the Federation’s activities.” Mercury Glazing signs up to Excellence as Standard programme » » SPECTUS TRADE fabricator Mercury Glazing Supplies Ltd. has become the latest fabricator to sign up to the Excellence as Standard programme. Launched at this year’s FIT Show the fabricator and installer programme advocates excellence at every stage of the project – from manufacturing through to installation in a consumer’s home. Fabricators and installers who are part of the programme will be demonstrating they are committed to raising standards across the industry and delivering an outstanding customer experience. For Chris Reeks, Sales and Marketing Director of Mercury Glazing, the decision to join the scheme was an easy one. He explains: “The new Excellence as Standard programme offers major benefits to both Mercury and our customers and we did not hesitate to sign up.” 28 » OCT 2017 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M The interest around Excellence as Standard since its launch is a reflection of the strengths of a programme that is the most comprehensive ever devised. Designed with the fabricator at its heart, it offers a compelling package designed to gain a competitive edge and earn customer trust. And with specialist companies such as Mercury Glazing now joining the programme its importance and value throughout the industry is clearly evident.