Manufacturers Look to Increase Efficiency, Expand Production in 2015
There looks to be some positive change on the horizon for manufacturers in the New Year, according to results from the annual Window & Door Industry Pulse survey. Sixty percent of surveyed manufacturers report that they plan to modernize and increase efficiency in 2015. Second on the priority list in terms of where they will invest is in expanding production capacity.
This aligns with other feedback from the study, namely, that only 9 percent of manufacturers do not plan to add new products to their offerings in the coming year. Window and Door is apprised of many product launches planned around the major trade shows in the industry, including the International Builders’ Show in January and GlassBuild America in September 2015. Such launches will be covered in future issues of Window & Door magazine, as well as on windowanddoor.com.
In terms of what types of products manufacturers plan to add to their lines, 33% of surveyed manufacturers will introduce windows that meet the new v6.0 Energy Star requirements. Vinyl windows and entry doors are also anticipated introductions. The category of “other” included products such as accessories and enhancements to existing platforms, options, aluminum windows and doors, extrusion components, tempered glass, new machine designs, and composite windows.
A detailed report and analysis of the Industry Pulse survey will be published in the January/February issue of Window & Door magazine.