Pro Installer December 2013 - Issue 09 ISSUE 09 | DECEMBER 2013 FREE » 15 How To Fit A Door » 25 No Surprises » 30 Triple-Shot? » 35 Coping With CE Marking » 38 Selling homeowners what they want INDUSTRY FACING MAJOR CHANGES Insight Data has published the 2013 Fabricator and Installer Report, which points to significant change across the fenestration industry. The report shows the number of window, door and conservatory companies has risen in the last 12 months, the first increase for 5 years, and now stands at 15,137 companies. The number of fabricators (PVC-U, timber and aluminium) has increased marginally to 4,278 companies although PVC-U fabricators have declined in the last 12 months. This decline has, however, led to greater volume shared amongst remaining fabricators, with a significant increase in average frame volume per company. This explains in part why many fabricators are reporting record sales. Energy efficiency never looked so good. Page 44. Winter Workwear. Page 26. Helen Costeloe-Hughes, commercial director of Insight Data comments; “PVC-U fabricators are evolving and diversifying. They are introducing alternative products, such as aluminium, composite windows or new products in a bid to increase revenue and improve margins. “In fact, 17.5% of all PVC-U fabricators now manufacture aluminium, a figure that continues to rise month-onmonth. This has been driven by demand for aluminium bi-folding doors, which has created awareness and demand for aluminium windows and doors in general among installers and homeowners.” » Continues on page 02