Promoting and improving standards

Rehau’s marketing and technical director Gareth Jones has been chosen to chair the Glass and Glazing Federation’s new Systems House Group, a collective set up to maintain and raise standards among window and door system providers.

In the last three years, Rehau has made a firm commitment to being more actively involved with the GGF to help promote the industry, maintain and raise standards.

At the first meeting in Birmingham in May, Gareth Jones was elected to chair the group, which also means he will take up a seat on the GGF board and the Home Improvement Executive.

The scope of the Systems House Group’s activities will include providing valuable input into the overall GGF strategy, as well as looking at how to tackle restrictive planning conditions.

The group will also be assessing the impact of new regulations, developing workable solutions to issues that may exclude some companies (namely small/micro fabricators) and ensuring system companies are well represented and their voices heard in industry standard setting forums.

“Historically, Rehau has very much kept itself to itself, but three years ago we made a conscious decision to be more open and approachable and take an active role within the wider industry,” Gareth said. “We are ardent supporters of the GGF, providing co-operation, resources and expertise where it is needed, and are proud to be representing window and door system companies both on the coal face and board level issues that really matter.”

Gareth’s appointment sees him join a group of Rehau employees already playing a role in the GGF, including: Irene Smith (marketing); Mark Gajda (technical); and a number of the Rehau sales force who participate in regional events.

Rehau also attends the GGF’s Window and Door Group, and Declan Coulter (divisional sales manager for Ireland and Scotland) was recently elected to chair the Ireland southern region.