Welcome to 2015, and I hope you've had a good break over the new year.

 2015 offers some unique opportunities and business changes for the glass and window industry. The worlds economy is well underway in its recovery from the global economic recession, with forecast growth in the commercial and residential building sectors in most markets, providing an opportunity for more man-hours and a lift in margins.

 If the glass and window industries are able to lift margins by a small amount, even by only 5%, the flow-on effect in terms of growth in the sectors will be significant. Increased margins will drive development of the industry – more employment, more apprenticeships and trainees, more investment in technology, expansion of product offerings, lifting pay scales, and the like.

 I go into 2015 with a very positive outlook for the glass and window industries and hope you do to.