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INDUSTRYNEWS PVC – A smart material that allows big energy savings The British Plastics Federation’s Vinyls Group has today launched a new animated video looking at the energy and carbon emissions savings achievable by choosing PVC products. The video highlights how choosing PVC products can result in significant energy savings without incurring extravagant costs. One such example is provided by Fife Council in Scotland who calculated that an average three-bedroom property could save over £300 per year on energy bills by choosing PVC windows. The district would also benefit from products. In addition, progressive industry initiatives, such as the VinylPlus Voluntary Commitment, will reduce the environmental footprint of PVC products even further. The simple fact is that during their life time, PVC products save much more energy than is required to produce them.” a reduction in CO2 emissions of over 200,000 tonnes. Roger Mottram, Chairman of the BPF Vinyls Group said, “Successive investigations by independent authorities continue to validate the benefits afforded by choosing PVC To view the animation ‘Keeping Energy Efficiency Simple’, visit…http://bit. ly/EnergyEfficientPVC. For further information about PVC and its benefits visit www.pvcexplained.co.uk Construction is a bright spot in tough 2013 Budget Last month, Chancellor George Osborne revealed details of the 2013 Budget. But how will his announcement affect the UK construction industry? The Glenigan economics team has identified which aspects will impact on the construction industry and produced the following comment: “While public sector spending is being tightened as the Government presses on with its deficit reduction plans, the Chancellor is diverting planned expenditure toward capital spending. Discouragingly the promised extra £3 billion a year of capital funding will not be available until the 2015/16 financial year, which coincides with the next General Election in May 2015. As was witnessed with the Building Schools for the Future Programme, a change in administration can lead to a change in spending priorities. This is especially disappointing given that the industry has been looking for the rapid deployment of ‘shovel ready’ schemes. “In contrast the additional support unveiled for the housing market should provide a more immediate lift to the industry’s fortunes and to the UK economy. The ‘Help to Buy’ programme promises additional support for house purchasers that should boost housing market turnover and new house construction. In addition, five-fold expansion of the ‘Build to Rent’ programme to £1 billion should also help to drive new housing activity and draw in institutional investors into the housing sector,”
Allan Wilén, Economics Director, Glenigan. www.glenigan.com Celebrating two decades of trade East Sussex window and door fabricator Tradesmith is celebrating a performance milestone: its twentieth anniversary in the industry. Continual investment in machinery, vehicles and the recent move into a new factory has seen the Hailshambased trade-only business increase its production from 40 to 400 frames a week over the past two decades. Managing Director Mark Hutchinson said, “Over the past 20 years we have manufactured over 300,000 windows and doors, an achievement that all our staff can be proud of. We have built up a reputation for offering a wide range of high quality products as well as most professional care possible. We also now have a purpose built showroom for the first time dedicated to the use of our customers and the launching of new products. “Twenty years is a long time in fabrication and, with an ever changing economic climate, only those businesses that exceeded consumer expectations continue to thrive. We have the right products and the right people to ensure we can further develop the business.” Tel: 01323 849123, Fax: 01323 846009, www.tradesmith.co.uk. Tel: 01282 716611, www.halo-uk.com first-class service under their “TS Collection” brand. This is due to the commitment of our people who ensure our customers receive the 36 THE MAY 2013 ISSUE SPONSORED BY DURAFLEX To read more, visit www.clearview-uk.com