As one of the country’s longest established suppliers of window and door fittings with a catalogue of over 7,000 products and a strong reputation for technical knowledge and support, Carl F Groupco is well placed to provide commentary on the hardware sector. Managing Director John Crittenden provides a retrospective of 2019 and looks ahead to 2020 – he advises:
“During 2019 we witnessed continued growth within the aluminium window and door sector, particularly with high specification doors, bi-folds and high rise windows – this has led to strong demand for supporting hardware including tilt & turn and reversible gearing. A mix of aesthetic and style preferences for aluminium, along with the release of some major public sector contracts, have been key reasons for growth in this area and we see no reason for this to change over the course of 2020.
“FUHR, one of our manufacturer partners, has a long history supplying large European profile houses and is able to offer a full range of locking options to suit aluminium door profiles in the UK. Interestingly, the most popular products are higher value stainless steel door locks and electronic locking options including the multitronic 881 electromechanical door lock and associated access control for commercial and residential applications.
“We also celebrated the third anniversary of SmartSecure and increasing demand for our keyless Smart technology has notably been seen in design led applications and the Social Housing and Housing Association sectors.
“The political and economic lack of certainty at the time of writing is having a huge impact on all businesses and affecting our ability to plan for the future. Volatile exchange rates mean that prices fluctuate dramatically within the hardware sector as most products are purchased in US Dollars or Euros – this makes any predictions for the next 12 months almost impossible until Brexit is resolved.
“As we continue to steer a path forward in these challenging times for the industry, I would like to thank our loyal and hardworking staff for the commitment they show to our OTIF delivery focus and also extend very best wishes to our customers and manufacturing partners.”
Written for Total Installer Magazine