The Irish construction industry is experiencing an upturn according to one of the sector's most closely watched and authoritative indicators - and leading Residence 9 (R9) fabricator Dekko Window Systems are capitalising on the upsurge in demand.
According to the Ulster Bank Construction Purchasing Managers' Index, September saw the first pick-up in the Irish construction industry in six years as the housing sector gathers steam and builders report near record levels of optimism. The seasonally adjusted index, which is designed to track changes in total construction activity, posted a reading of 55.7 in September compared to 49.7 in August. Panelists reported that higher levels of new orders and signs of improvements in economic conditions had contributed to growth.
This resurgence has proved good news for Chesire based trade fabricator Dekko. Dekko recently targeted Irish window companies with a high impact direct marketing campaign promoting their new luxury Residence 9 window and door system - and the company won a number of new customers as a result.
Dekko’s sales director Kurt Greatrex commented: “Several reports have indicated that the Irish economy is getting back on track and this is something we can certainly relate to here at Dekko. We’re experiencing high demand from Ireland following a targeted marketing campaign and we are delighted to be working with some of the country’s leading installers on some major projects. There is a real thirst for premium products in Ireland and Residence 9 perfectly satisfies this demand thanks to its traditional looks and modern high performance.”
R9 is a luxury 9 chambered system designed to replicate the aesthetics of a 19th century flush timber window. It meets the thermal requirements for Passivhaus thanks to its 0.8W/m2K U-Value and is available in 12 heritage colours and 35 mixed combinations with a choice of traditional and modern hardware. Matching composite and French doors are also available.
Dekko started to manufacture R9 in their main 28,000 sqft factory at the beginning of the year but demand was so strong they decided to open up a dedicated production facility in Oldham. The new factory measures 6,000 sq ft and has enabled Dekko to increase output and satisfy the strong customer demand.