Council for Aluminium in Building

25.01.16 Back to the Future

CAB chief executive, Justin Ratcliffe, considers the aluminium in building sector in 2016 and looks forward to the Association’s first major event of the New Year in Leicester, in a 1930’s cinema. Market statistics, contractual awareness and health & safety issues are all on the agenda….

State of Market

Despite some warnings about the economy from Chancellor George Osborne at the start of the year, there is ongoing confidence that 2016 will be positive for the aluminium in building sector. Not only is our own Q3, 2015 State of the Market Survey showing that 75% net balance of members see sales increasing over the next 12 months but this confidence is backed up by other research and surveys. The Construction Products Association (CPA) forecast around 20% output growth in construction to 2019. The latest Palmer Report on Commercial Glazing highlighted that aluminium’s market share increased to 81% between 2012 and 2014. Palmer is now forecasting that the commercial aluminium window market will reach an all-time high in 2019 of 1.74m frames with the metal currently by far the dominant material (81% market share to the end of 2014).

It is clear that the order books for aluminium fabricators are extremely encouraging with a number of specialist contractors being full or close to full for 2016, despite a broad decline in large contractors’ order books towards the end of last year. Our market survey revealed a key commitment to invest in plant & equipment and product improvement. With the aluminium bi-fold market continuing to be a catalyst for aluminium growth in the domestic sector, there is further encouragement with CPA forecasts that private housing will grow 5% this year.

This continued positivity means training and education in the sector is more important than ever and CAB has reacted by increasing its free seminar programme for members in areas such as Contractual Awareness, Health & Safety and specialist Marketing Forums.

Contracts Seminar

Our first contracts seminar in the new year is entitled ‘20 Contractual Nightmares’ and will again be presented by Geraldine Fleming, Executive Director, Knowles. The seminar will be held at the Mercure Leicester – The Grand Hotel on Thursday 25 February 2016. Geraldine will cover a number of topics such as: Tender issues; Liquidated damages; Defects; Variations and Payments; Damage; Collateral warranties; Claims and Insolvency.

CAB Regional Members’ Meeting – Leicester

The specialist contracts seminar takes place before the first CAB Regional Members’ Meeting of the year to be held very close by at Athena. Designed in 1936 as an Odeon Cinema, since its restoration it features a mix of stunning Art Deco architecture and state-of-the-art technology. It is very much a case of CAB going back to the future!

Our first speaker Robert Palmer, Palmer Market Research will be outlining the key findings of his Commercial Glazing Market report 2015. He will look at the trends and market drivers with specific reference to: windows & doors, curtain walling and bi-fold doors.

Geraldine Fleming will be outlining the 2016 Contracts Seminar programme which will include Checking Contracts, Pre & Post Contract Awareness and JCT Contracts. She will also provide a brief overview of topical contractual issues affecting members.

We will also be welcoming Kevin Smyth, Principal, Project Management. Kevin is a member of both the Institute of Directors and the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health for over seven years he is a fully qualified senior site manager and health & safety lecturer as well as an assessor for GQA in Northern Ireland

His presentation is entitled: ‘Health & safety risk mitigation through knowledge’. This will include:

• Explanation of Legal duties and what these entail.
• Designer, Supplier, Employer, Employee, Managers and supervisors
• What is training and competency and where do “cards” fit in
• Employee’s roles in method statements and risk assessment
• Employee roles in safe systems of work & operation of equipment.

Kevin will also outline some planned CAB Health & Safety seminars for 2016 which will look at Legislation and Application.

Yet again CAB has received extremely generous support from a number of member company sponsors for the event which already has bookings well in excess of 100. Feedback from the events shows that members particularly value the Q & A sessions to get even more insight into topical issues that affect their businesses day to day.

Platinum Sponsors: AluK (GB), Sapa Building Systems and Technal
Gold Sponsors: Dutemänn UK and Yale Door and Windows Solutions
Support Sponsor: Technoform BAUTEC
For more details of our 2016 events programme, please go to: