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Building Products October 2017

BUILDING PRODUCTS This month is very special for all of us here at Building launched the title in 1977. While other magazines may have tried, and put up valiant efforts to knock us off our perch, we still sit there proudly looking over them. The magazine was launched at a time when the market was buoyant, and even though times have become much tougher, here we are today doing the job for which the magazine was created – to bring you the latest product stories from manufacturers across the globe. I am delighted to report that the BMF’s latest figures in the Builders’ Merchants Building Index, looking at Q2 in 2017, were 5.3% higher compared to the same period last year. While no mention has been made as to how much of this is down a real increase in sales rather than price hikes, we must take encouragement that – albeit slowbut sure – the construction industry seems to be ‘holding its own’ if not growing. More encouraging words came from the Prime Minister as she stumbled through her speech to those attending the Conservatory Party Conference in Manchester. In this speech Theresa May promised to ensure councils release more land for housing, and give them new powers to ensure that developers actually build the dwellings for which they have been given planning permission. Additionally, over 130,000 more families will be helped with the Editor Products, as we celebrate our 40th anniversary. Further along in this issue you will find some special features, including a comment from one of the publishers that Phil Stronach 01626 330440 phil.stronach@markallengroup.com Assistant Editor George Lewis 01732 748042 georgie.lewis@markallengroup.com EDITOR’S COMMENT Sales Director Andy Dunn 01732 748065 andy.dunn@markallengroup.com Advertisement Manager Jacob Roxborough 01732 748071 jacob.roxborough@markallengroup.com 6 BUILDING PRODUCTS | OCTOBER 2017 deposit they need to buy their own dwelling by investing a further £10 billion in Help to Buy. And if, like me, you thought you would never hear the term ‘council housing’ ever again, you will no doubt be surprised (and hopefully delighted) to learn that a further £2 billion is to be spent on ‘affordable housing’ – taking the Government’s total affordable housing budget to almost £9 billion. The Prime Minister promised: “A new generation of council houses to help fix our broken housing market.” While we could have argued for even more money to be put to this cause, it really is encouraging news for us all. History has taught us that countries having suffered from recessions, even depressions, have kick-started their economies by stimulating the construction industry. Please, Prime Minister, no broken promises, no hidden provisos, and no U-turns on this. The construction industry and the country need to be able to rely on your commitments. Production Manager Jo Claydon-Smith 01732 748064 jo.claydon-smith@markallengroup.com Designer Rachel Russell 01732 748097 rachel.russell@markallengroup.com Finance Director Helen Lawson Head Office Hawley Mill, Hawley Road, Dartford, Kent DA2 7TJ Tel: 01322 221144 Fax: 01322 221188 Phil Stronach, 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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