Laszlo Barla

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Market Analyst at Interconnection Consulting since 2014, Industry Expert for market data and product trends. Laszlo Barla is responsible for the preparation of studies and market forecasting models within the construction industry and gastronomy. He heads various consulting projects and is an expert in internationalization.

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Clouds on the Horizon for Window Fittings

The market for window fittings in the DACH region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) will not see any major growth spurts in the next few years. The market volume will only increase by an average of 0.2% annually until 2022, according to a new market study by Interconnection Consulting. The total market volume in 2019 is € 356 million.

Stagnation in the DACH Region Due to Several Factors

Following a slight decline in 2018, the German market came to a near standstill this year. Despite good construction activity, window imports are preventing growth for domestic production in Germany. The German window fittings market has also suffered due to the “moderate” development in ​​new construction and subsequent low window sales. The prospects for the market in Switzerland have also deteriorated somewhat. After significant growth in residential construction in recent years, investments in this area are set to decrease. “While investors have seen the sector as an alternative to low financial market yields in recent years, they are increasingly deterred by the high vacancy rate and declining net migration” explains Katarina Gajdova, the author of the study. The Austrian market for window fittings fell sharply between 2013 and 2015. This changed in the following years due to high investments in new construction. The upward trend continued in 2019. However, the study shows that the market will reach its economic peak at the end of the year. Signs of this can be seen in the window renovation area, which will decrease by 4.1% in 2019.

Product Groups

Tilt and turn fittings dominate the window segment, with a share of 74.1%- and their popularity is set to increase further. They are followed by casement inside fittings with a share of 24.9% and casement outside fittings with one percent only. In the “Large-area sliding elements” segment, lift-and-slide elements are ahead with 58.0% (according to quantity, 2019e), followed by parallel slide elements with 31.7%.

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