The echoes of the FIT Show

Glass Times editor Nathan Bushell sifts through some of the stories emerging from the FIT Show.

There’s a bit of a FIT Show theme to this week’s bulletin. It’s been two weeks since the show took place at the NEC in Birmingham, and the topic still dominates conversations!

There’s even a short video for you watch – either to give you a flavour of the busy exhibition, or to see if you can spot yourself (I’m on there at least twice!).

We’ll be publishing a full review in the July issue of Glass Times, so if there are people you couldn’t get round to meeting (despite my best efforts, I couldn’t visit all the stands) you can read the handy round-up then.

Of course, the show wasn’t just about products, it was where you could learn about other issues affecting the industry.

For example, Robert Palmer of Palmer Market Research explained to delegates how tougher second-time replacement sells, and the shift away from home ownership, are driving long-term change in the window and door industry.

He said first time window and door replacements had dropped from 80% in 2000 to less than 30% in 2015, with ‘replacement of replacement’ installations now accounting for 70% of all installations. You can read the full story here.