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Blowing wind in their sales

Gary Chambers, general manager at Apollo BlindsBlinds & Shutters met with Apollo Blinds’ general manager Gary Chambers to discuss the many developments he has initiated since his arrival at the company

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Product portfolio sees Stevens move forward

The feeling of many people in the blinds industry during this period of economic constraints is to ‘baton down the hatches’ and wait for the good times to return. Gordon Stevens, managing director of Stevens (Scotland) Ltd has a totally different view on how his company plans to come out of the recession

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Design time

Blinds & Shutters hears about Coulisse’s stunning new screen collection. Coulisse explains: “This exclusive and extensive collection offers possibilities to meet the aesthetical wishes of the interior designer in the contract as well as in the domestic market”

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R+T Review

 Blinds & Shutters takes a look at a selection of the products and innovation that was on show

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Great expectations

A new bigger venue with the promise of more international exhibitors and visitors, plus larger stands... and all this in the middle of an economic crisis!
Blinds & Shutters visited R+T Stuttgart 2009 and found innovation on a large scale

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‘The facade changes with the position of the sun’

Architect Joeseph Hammerl talks to Blinds & Shutters about an interesting college project he worked on in Aalen using a dense cladding of timber strips which form a shell around the buildings

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‘Group effort ensures businesses survive stormy times’
Gary Chambers, General Manager, Apollo Blinds
There is still business to be won despite the tough trading conditions according to Apollo Blinds general manager Gary Chambers. And the businesses that will come through the current economic storm are more likely to be franchises for one simple reason – the support structure behind the franchise network
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Levolux makes a splash on shading project

Levolux’s 9000 Sunbreaker system has helped protect expansive areas of glazing at a £14m lesiure centre in Sidcup

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It’s showtime

R+T Stuttgart 2009
Date: 10th – 14th February 2009
Time:
daily 9.00am – 6.00pm last day: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Venue: Messe Stuttgart

In difficult market conditions, the ‘leading trade fair for roller shutters, doors, gates, and sun protection systems’ looks set to blow away 2006’s figures at its new trade fair site. Blinds & Shutters flew to Stuttgart airport and made the short, convenient walk to the newly opened Messe Stuttgart – home to R+T 2009
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‘A change is as good as a move’

According to Cosiflor, the versatility of its pleated blinds make them perfect for the public as the housing market continues to struggle

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Shading, saving energy and providing a working environment

TF Sampson says it is proud to have supported the iconic OrbisEnergy building, a £9.3m innovation and business centre at Lowestoft in Suffolk

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The fear factor

Louvolite asks ‘how many of you have shied away from potentially very profitable order opportunities because they involve window blind systems for conservatories which include a requirement for roof blinds?’

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Shutters set to shine as UK replicates the US

Paul Jayne, EverwhiteEverwhite managing director Paul Jayne says PVC-UE Internal Plantation Shutters are ideal for today’s market. Innovations in manufacture and design mean blind and shutter companies can benefit from the growing trend for stylish and efficient window coverings

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Supplier demand with Customwest

 

 

‘There is no denying it, we are all feeling the squeeze, who hasn’t felt a need to tighten their belt recently.’ Customwest imparts a word of caution to shutter retailers.
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Money to burn – what about the domestic consumer?
Louvolite tells Blinds & Shutters: ‘A reduction in thermal loss is far more significant to domestic consumers  as this can work to reduce the energy required to heat their homes’
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Release the tension

Blinds & Shutters visited Guthrie Douglas to take a closer look at its TESS range of solar shading systems

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