Global demand for windows and doors is forecast to rise 6.8 percent per year through 2015 to $192 billion, according to a study from Freedonia Group.
Demand for windows and doors in the residential building construction market will outpace demand in the nonresidential building construction market, mostly due to the fact that the residential markets in many developed countries were adversely impacted by the recession in 2009 and 2010. Through 2015, demand for energy-efficient windows and doors will rise faster than demand in the overall market because of increasing consumer awareness and government tax credits. Sales of blast-resistant doors are also expected to see above-average gains due to security concerns, especially in the nonresidential market in developed countries.
China, the world's largest window and door market, will increase its share of global demand from 27 percent in 2010 to 35 percent in 2015. China's gains will be aided by continuing economic growth and industrialization, as well as an increase in the average housing size. The U.S. market is expected to expand 7.7 percent per year through 2015, up from the 25 percent decline experienced during the country's economic recession from 2008 to 2010. Demand in Japan and Western Europe is also expected to recover after declines in 2009 and 2010.
A copy of The Freedonia Group's "World Windows & Doors" study is available at www.freedoniagroup.com.
Q: We are having a problem with shrinkage. We make furniture, but someone else sells and delivers it. This person claims he did everything correctly, including opening the furniture wrapping (we wrapped the furniture with shrink-wrap and it was fairly well sealed) and letting it acclimate to the house climate. When the customer moved in, they said the furniture looked really wonderful, but within a week, it started to warp, open joints and crack in a few places. We are so careful to keep our plant at 40 percent RH and check the MC of the lumber. This is frustrating! Can you help?
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