Volume 45, Issue 8 - October  2006

Industry Stats

Polymers Expected to Take 55 Percent of the Total Market in 2006

Sales of plastic window frames in Germany fell 8.3 percent in 2005, compared with the previous year, according to a market study presented by industry trade associations at the recent Fensterbau Frontale window system exhibition in Nuremberg. 

The rate of decline is expected to slow to 2.1 percent in 2006. 

Sales of aluminum frames are expected to grow by 0.6 percent after a 4.7 percent decline in 2005, as the material predominates in non-residential buildings, where the window market is forecast to grow in 2006 by 1.2 percent. Meanwhile, the residential sector is expected to decline by 3.1 percent in 2006, compared with a 10 percent decline in 2005.

Wood frames are forecast to do worse in 2005, with a 2.3 percent decline, following a 9.3 percent decline in 2005.

The overall German window market consisted of 11.6 million window units in 2005, according to the study, where one window unit corresponds to an area of 1.69 square meters. The market shares in 2006 of the various frame materials are expected to range from 55.5 percent for plastics, 19.6 percent each for wood and aluminum and 5.2 percent for the aluminum-wood combination.

“More than in earlier years, we can hope that a sustainable turnaround in the window market lies ahead,” said Ulrich Tschorn, managing director of the VFF association of window and facade producers.

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