Plastic-framed window sales still declining in Germany

Sales of plastic window frames in German fell 8.3% in 2005 compared with the previous year, according to a market study presented by industry trade associations at the recent Fensterbau Frontale window system exhibition in Nuremberg. However, it is forecast that the rate of decline will slow to 2.1% in 2006. Sales of aluminium frames are expected to grow by 0.6% after a 4.7% decline in 2005, as the material predominates in non-residential buildings, where the window market is forecast to grow in 2006 by 1.2%. Meanwhile, the residential sector is expected to decline by 3.1% in 2006, compared with a 10% decline in 2005. Wood frames are forecast to do worse in 2005, with a 2.3% decline, following a 9.3% decline in 2005. The overall German window market consisted of 11.6 million window units in 2005, according to the study, where one window unit corresponds to an area of 1.69 sq metres. The market shares in 2006 of the various frame materials are expected to range from 55.5% for plastics, 19.6% each for wood and aluminium and 5.2% for the aluminium-wood combination.

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