Trade fabricator Emplas held its annual CORE 1979 focus group at Epwin Window Systems in Telford at the start of November, bringing together a select number of customers and suppliers to discuss key industry topics and preview new products.
“We established CORE 1979 to bring our core customers together with our supply chain to review market drivers and share best practice,” Emplas Group Managing Director Ryan Johnson said. “The nature of the event means that much of what we discussed stays under wraps for now, but we looked at new product innovation and shared a preview of new software development, all of which will help our customers maximise opportunities during what is expected to be a tricky 12 months.
“The event was hosted by our profile supplier, Epwin Window Systems, who previewed new product development – along with insightful consumer research undertaken by Charlotte Hawkes from Keystone Market Research. Avantis and Kubu also provided an update on our ongoing collaboration and the continuation of our Smart as Standard journey.”
There was also an opportunity to reflect on how the window and door market has responded to economic forces over the last year, thanks to a short presentation by Lasco PR and Marketing, and what could drive sales in the coming year.
With much still to be clarified in relation to the Future Homes Standard, Epwin’s Technical Director Phil Parry summarised its potential impact. The new Standard is expected to come into force in 2025, with the official consultation now expected to start before Christmas.
Ryan continued: “None of us work in isolation and the challenges we face in 2024 will be managed more efficiently if we continue to listen and work in partnership with our customers and key supply chain partners.
“A lot of what we develop needs feedback and buy-in from our customers, and the CORE 1979 focus group gives us the perfect platform to share our strategy and keep customers up to date with all the latest industry trends and developments.
“And no event like this is complete without the informal networking that takes place well into the evening, which this year took place at the Telford Golf and Spa Hotel.”