Insight Data has released it’s UK Market Report for the double glazing industry in 2010:


  • 2010 saw a decline in the number of fabricators: 4552 in total, across all materials.
  • 34% changed their materials.
  • PVCu fabricators declined to 1844 – aluminium fabricators increased in numbers
  • The number of PVCu fabricators dual-sourcing their systems rose by 53%.
  • 649 fabricators now manufacture more than one material: PVCu, aluminium or timber
  • Those fabricating speciality products such as vertical sliders, composite doors, sash windows and bi-folding doors saw a fall of 20%.
  • PVCu/aluminium conservatory roof fabricators saw a 20% drop to 449 companies.


  • Window and door installers saw a slight rise, to 12,549 companies, though volume per installer did see a fall.
  • 55% of all installers diversified the range of home improvement products they sell.
  • The East Midlands region has the most installers: 1595
  • Northern Ireland has the least number of installers: 194
  • 2010 saw a rise in phoenix businesses. The closure of some businesses and the cutting back of others saw a rise in new start-up businesses.
  • 152 businesses closed due to retirements, with no succession plans in place.
Make you you will of these figures. I would have liked to have seen figures showing how many businesses had phoenixed during the last year.