Voice of the Industry - Garnalex
Firstly, what has 2019 been like for you, bearing in mind that it hasn’t been an easy year for anyone? And secondly, with all the uncertainty around Brexit, politics and the economy in general, plus a general election in the offing, what do you think is in store for you, personally; your company; the industry and the UK, in 2020?
We’ve seen paralysis in parliament brought on by Brexit, a cooling global economy brought on by Trump’s trade wars, and a PVC-U window market down an estimated 10%. But the swing to aluminium is accelerating. More fabricators and installers than ever are selling aluminium to appeal to a growing premium sector.
2019 was a year of investment for Garnalex – £9m so far. We’ve built a state-of-the art-aluminium extrusions factory in Derbyshire, recruited the best technical and operational people in the industry, designed Sheerline®, a new, innovative, high-performing, beautiful residential aluminium window and door system, and we’re ready for its launch at the end of Q1 2020.
Our 2020 mission is to revolutionise how aluminium windows are fabricated, installed, sold and supplied. In particular, coming from a background in PVC, we aim to supply aluminium on much short lead-times – designed to suit customers, not suppliers.
Fabricators and installers who want to be first to market with Sheerline can learn more at our Ambassador workshops.