May 17: Germany’s window and door branch expects solid growth in 2017

May 2017

Germany’s window and door branch expects to sell 14.4 million units in 2017 with turnover increasing by 3.9 percent, a study published by four related industry associations finds. The expected growth is supported by the overall positive economic situation and continued demand for both residential and non-residential construction.

The prognosis follows a positive bottom line in 2016, which saw sales grow by 3.3 percent year on year to 13.8 million units.

The study expects 56.1 percent of windows to be used in building stock renovation, albeit with only slight growth of the market volume of 0.2 percent. However, 9 percent growth is predicted for new-build applications, accounting for the remaining 43.9 percent market share.

In terms of building types, 66.5 percent of windows are expected to be installed in residential and 33.5 percent in non-residential buildings – a 0.7 percent swing towards residential from 2016.

In terms of frame materials, plastics are most popular (57.8 percent) followed by metal (18 percent), and wood (15 percent), the associations report.

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