There has always been interest in what is happening in the industry in general and the differences experienced in the various regions across the country. I recently reached out to several individuals and companies across Canada to elicit their take on current and future business activity. Here are some of the responses. First I asked about the general business climate in the market. “Business has been strong since May and remained so all summer. Increased competition however has put a strain on margins.” – a fabricator in Atlantic Canada “Sales in Ontario started slowly due to weather concerns but have rebounded strongly during the summer months.” – a fabricator in Ontario “Demand for new homes is down year-to-date in Manitoba. The renovation market has remained strong but increased competition is creating a consumer buying market.” – a fabricator in Manitoba “Single-family home construction remains strong, while custom home builds had a very slow start. Multifamily market is strong with condo, apartment and townhome construction doing very well.” – a fabricator in B.C. “Skittish, due to oil pricing and the trickle-through effect on the whole economy – a supplier in Alberta Next, I asked for forecasts for the balance of 2015 and beyond. “U.S. exchange rates will continue to have a major impact on the price of raw materials, primarily glass and hardware – a fabricator in Ontario “Renovation will remain strong in 2015 and beyond providing our economy does not go into recession.” – a fabricator in Manitoba “Results for 2015 should remain strong for the balance of 2015 and housing starts are forecasted to increase from 18,700 units in 2015 to 19,200 in 2016 – a fabricator in B.C. “Unless oil pricing shows a dramatic improvement, we expect volumes to suffer by as much as 30 per cent in Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.” – a supplier in Alberta “Even with an unstable economy being projected, it seems that most window and door manufacturers are optimistic for 2016.” – a supplier in Ontario “Prediction for the balance of 2015 is that we will experience a very busy season and we are predicting slightly higher volumes for 2016. Manufacture-direct and the influx of the non-regulated supply of window and door products could adversely affect the market.” a fabricator in Atlantic Canada “The focus is on developing value-added products, increasing productivity and improving margins.” – a fabricator/supplier in Ontario “As the U.S. emerges from the downturn, additional opportunities are present for those companies looking to expand their sales and territories.” – a supplier in Quebec “New product introductions that better suit the changing consumer trends (more minimalistic designs) will be important to ensuring future growth.” – a supplier in Ontario “Better than 2015 but company growth might have to come from new development and new business rather than organic growth. Lots of question marks remain for 2016.” – a supplier from Quebec Undertaking this endeavor has reinforced my belief that events such as Windoor and the Fenestration Canada AGM are critical to the industry and all its stakeholders. Many thanks to the following contributors: Westeck Windows in Alberta, Extreme Window and Entrance in New Brunswick, Mennie Canada in Ontario, De-Mar Window Hardware in Ontario, TruTech Doors in Ontario, Fenestration Components International in Alberta, Paramount Windows and Doors in Manitoba, AquaSurtech in Quebec, Sunview Patio Doors in Ontario, ODL Canada in Ontario, Westech Building Products in Alberta, and Vitre-Art in Quebec.Skip MacLean is president of Fenestration Canada. He is business development manager for Tru-Tech Doors and has over 40 years’ experience in the window and door industry.
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Sept. 28, 2015 - The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance has issued a comprehensive report to members ahead of its Oct. 5 Fall Conference in Denver, Colo. The newsletter includes updates on the activities of many committees and an itinerary for the conference.
July 24, 2015 - The Vinyl Council of Canada has teamed up with Scott McGillivray, host of Income Property, to launch their new ‘Vinyl is Beautiful’ Campaign aimed at drawing attention to the innovative and versatile features of vinyl. Similar to McGillivray’s philosophy when choosing renovation product solutions, this campaign primarily focuses on the benefits of choosing vinyl products for long term return on investment. From function to esthetics, vinyl solutions continue to advance with new technologies that closely replicate typical renovation materials yet provide the added benefits of durability, practicality, safety, and flexibility. Today, vinyl is positioned as the material of choice for many proud homeowners!
Hope for a strong selling season is the mindset of most window and door manufacturers and the many suppliers of components and services at this time of year.
July 8, 2015 - Fenestration Canada is proud to announce the launch of its newly designed website. A great deal of effort has gone into the fresh new look, navigation tools and search functionality features.
IGMA (the Insulating Glass Manufacturer’s Alliance) has announced a new activity at its upcoming Fall Technical Conference in Denver, Colorado: Ignite Breakfasts. During the Ignite Breakfasts, speakers will have five minutes and 20 slides to convey their message to attendees.
June 8, 2015 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) LinkedIn group recently surpassed 1,500 followers, a milestone in the association’s social media outreach efforts. This public group is open to all involved in the fenestration industry, and not just AAMA members. To join, visit LinkedIn and search the groups for AAMA to begin participating in the industry discussions.
May 14, 2015 - A confluence of events is here – early NAFs implementation experiences in BC combined with Fenestration Canada’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Vancouver June 4 - 6th. Another opportunity for a national representation of the fenestration industry to gain expertise together and give the entire industry an opportunity to make some logical and constructive decisions about the future that will ensure we continue to develop a vibrant, innovative, healthy industry.
April 27, 2015 - It is with extreme sadness that we are informing the IGMA membership and fenestration industry that Tim Harris passed away Thursday, April 23rd as a result of injuries sustained at an industry facility. Tim, an industry veteran of 40 years, was the Technical Service Manager at Quanex IG Systems. He had been with Tremco/Truseal/Quanex for 31 years.
Windoor 2014 capped off what was, for most, a pretty good year overall.
Feb. 20, 2015 - The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) recognized the contributions and achievements of its members and congratulated award winners at the 78th Annual Conference Awards Banquet held Monday night in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Award presenters noted the importance of these member contributions as they serve to further the industry as a whole.
Nov. 3, 2014 - The Fenestration Association of B.C. has announced several educational opportunities for the month of December.
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