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Building Products January 2018

BUILDING PRODUCTS As we embark on a new year, I was pleasantly surprised competitive, manufacturing output is reportedly at its highest level for a decade, as the stronger global economy, now growing for the first time since the economic crisis, helps Britain export more of its goods and services to the rest of the world. What’s disappointing is that construction has been cast as the laggard, with output falling by the biggest margin for around five years (see page 9), putting a drag on economic growth. However, as a sector that is largely sensitive to changes in investor confidence, is it possible that the rising tide of economic growth, currently lifting Britain in other areas and buoyed by low interest rates, could rub off and make a positive impact on construction? With the £30 billion private housing sector billed a primary driver of construction activity in 2018, the government has also reinforced its pledge to tackle the housing crisis, in part by renaming the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), which will now be known as the Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government. Sajid Javid, who remains as secretary of state for the newly named department, said in a statement that "building the homes our country needs is an absolute priority for this government”, adding Editor Sophie Stevens 01732 748036 (and somewhat shocked, in the current climate of doom and gloom) to hear some encouraging national news. With the weak pound making British products sophie.stevens@markallengroup.com Assistant Editor George Lewis 01732 748035 georgie.lewis@markallengroup.com EDITOR’S COMMENT Sales Director Tony Brown 01732 748059 tony.brown@markallengroup.com Advertisement Manager James Cockburn 01732 748071 james.cockburn@markallengroup.com 4 BUILDING PRODUCTS | JANUARY 2018 that the addition of the word ‘housing’ to the department’s title reflects the government’s “renewed focus” to deliver more homes. Describing the name change as a “clear signal” of the importance the government places on housing policy, the Federation of Master Builders' Brian Berry said “it is vital that we also see continuity and a continued willingness to be bold, where necessary, in housing application”. You can read more about this story in this month's news section (starting on page 8). As well as an overview of the outlook and challenges for construction in 2018 from the Construction Products Association's Rebecca Larkin, this issue also features a whole host of informative articles on current product innovations and building trends. I hope you enjoy the issue. If you have any comments or suggestions with regard to future issues of Building Products, I would love to hear from you. Production Manager Jo Claydon-Smith 01732 748064 jo.claydon-smith@markallengroup.com Sales Executive Jack Prytherch 01322 626950 jack.prytherch@markallengroup.com Designers Rachel Russell Hayley Crumley Head Office Hawley Mill, Hawley Road, Dartford, Kent DA2 7TJ Tel: 01322 221144 Sophie Stevens, Editor To subscribe call: 01732 748084 © 2017 Unity Business Press Est 1985 ISSN: 0261-8761 Controlled free circulation: Building Products is available free of charge to personnel who come within terms of control. Copies are available on subscription to persons who do not qualify. Subscription Rates: Annual UK: £35 Overseas: £50 Single Copies: UK: £3.50 Overseas: £4 Building Products is published by Unity Business Press, a part of Unity Media Communications Plc. Publisher of 18 titles including: Glass & Glazing Products; Heating & Plumbing Monthly; Roofing Cladding & Insulation; RCi Annual Directory & Your Build Printers: William Gibbons & Sons, Willenhall, West Midlands, WV13 3XT. Direct input by Unity Media plc. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic of mechanical. While every effort is made to ensure accuracy the publishers do not accept liability for errors, printing or otherwise, appearing within this publication. Some of the colour pictures used editorially are provided and paid for by suppliers. The views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the editor or publisher. * Average net circ 20,000 – 01/07/2015 - 30/06/2016 BUILDING PRODUCTS T


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