I am writing with reference to the letter from BM TRADA published in last week’s Fenestration News in which Simon Beer warns about the potential ‘C rating squeeze on small manufacturers.’ In one respect, I take on board what Simon is saying. He’s right to wave the red flag. Glass manufacturers do need to take current market developments as a wake up call to achieve Part 3.
But while BM TRADA is warning of complacency, we shouldn’t overlook the significant chunk of the market that has already moved on. The supply chain is changing daily as more companies embrace the benefits of achieving A, B and C window energy ratings, even if it means changing the way they do business. As many fabricators have already found, the switch to one of any of the expansive network of glass suppliers offering units that achieve C rated windows is fast and straightforward. Significant investment continues to be made in order for glass manufacturers to improve productivity, future proof products and make insulating glass units that are suitable for energy rated windows.
The market for energy rated windows continues to open up fast as demonstrated by Safestyle, already on national TV pushing the demand for C rated windows into our homes.
Much has been publicised about Pilkington’s energiKare and just last week, St Gobain launched its improved Planitherm Total low emissivity glass. Both these companies are growing the WER market in innovative ways that do not necessarily require argon gas, especially when a high performance warm edge technology is used.
Marketing and Business Development Manager Edgetech
C rating squeeze on small manufacturers, BM TRADA : Submitted: - 31/01/2008