Climate cools the sizzling summer

Climate GlassNot only has the recent hot weather proved a welcome surprise to those of us who expected another cold, wet summer; it has proved very profitable for installers of Climate conservatory roofs.

According to Climate’s managing director Alan Atkinson, the soaring temperatures throughout June and July sparked a surge in sales of Climate roofs -particularly in the retro-fit market – as many homeowners decided they want enjoy their conservatory during the good weather.

“The recent hot weather has proved quite frustrating for people with a polycarbonate roof as they have not been able to enjoy their conservatory at a time when they have most wanted to” Alan comments.

“Many homeowners have discovered they don’t have to buy a new conservatory to significantly improve performance, they can simply replace they’re tired old roof with Climate.  Climate roofs can reflect up to 78% of the sun’s rays, making them ideal for installations where there is increased exposure to sunlight.

“Climate also offers enhanced thermal performance, meaning the conservatory can be used all year round, and has a self-cleaning coating for a low maintenance, high shine finish. Our trade customers have capitalised on this thirst for Climate roofs and sales have proved exceptional throughout the summer months.”

Alan can see huge potential in this retro-fit market and is pleased to see a number of installers to contacting old customers and ‘upgrading’ them to a Climate roof.

“Winning new business can sometimes be quite tough for a conservatory installer. Most consumers will only buy one, maybe two conservatories in their lifetime, meaning installers constantly need a stream of new sales leads. But rather than always searching for new business, installers should consider contacting old customers and offering them an upgrade to a Climate roof.”

Alan continues: “We live in an ‘upgrade society’ where consumers constantly change phones, cars, and more – and contacting old customers and offering to re-glaze their existing conservatory roof with a Climate unit fits in with this trend. Previous customers represent a lucrative revenue stream and because the installer already has a relationship, conversion rates are often higher.”

While the good weather is likely to be short lived, the popularity of glass roofs continues to grow and demand for Climate looks set to carry on long into the future.

For more information call the Climate Sales Office on 01639 823778

Year on year growth at Climate

Climate GlassClimate, the conservatory roof division of the UK’s largest independent sealed unit manufacturer, the Glass Systems Group, has announced that in 2012 it increased sales by an impressive 40% compared to 2011.

Climate has reported year on year growth since its formation, and the good news coincides with the recent Palmer report which assessed the current state of the conservatory market.

The report stated that although conservatory installations are down, the value of conservatories is increasing as homeowners invest in bigger conservatories that use more costly materials such as timber frames and glass roofs, instead of polycarbonate.

Alan Atkinson, Managing Director of Climate, comments: “One of the reasons conservatory values are increasing is homeowners are frequently choosing glass roofs over polycarbonate – and this is reflected in our 40% growth. Glass is inherently stronger than polycarbonate and offers a range of thermal and performance benefits such as increased noise reduction and good thermal insulation. It is these benefits that have seen glass continue to gain favour with homeowners and as a result we are manufacturing more sealed units to keep up with demand, allowing us to grow further even in the midst of an unstable economy.”

Climate has experienced phenomenal growth over the past months, with significant investments in machinery at the Port Talbot based factory. This has allowed the company to increase its capacity to over 3,000 sealed units per week and means they can offer unparalleled service and quality products to their customers.

Climate offers four types of conservatory roof glass – Aqua H.P, Activ Blue, Activ Neutral and Privacy – each with their own individual benefits to the end user. The range has become a firm favourite with fabricators, installers and homeowners alike, and Alan believes that the trend of expensive conservatories will provide even more selling opportunities for fabricators and installers.

“With glass conservatory roofs set to become even more popular, fabricators and installers can easily sell the benefits of the Climate range to homeowners, and because each one provides its own individual advantages there is a glass to suit every preference,” Alan concludes.

For more information call the Climate Sales Office on 01639 823778

Climate Appoints New Product Manager

Dan Cox production manager at Climate GlassClimate, the conservatory roof glass division of the Glass Systems Group, has strengthened its production team with the appointment of Dan Cox, who joins as Production Manager.

Dan, who lives in Burnley, Lancashire, but stays in South Wales during the week, has previously worked as Production Manager at a number of major sealed unit companies and brings with him a wealth of experience to the company.

Dan comments: “Climate is a company that is not afraid to invest and have experienced major growth as a result, so when the Production Manager position became available I jumped at the chance to be part of a business that is serious about its future in the industry.

“It may be a long commute for me but John Wood (Chairman) and Alan Atkinson (Managing Director) have such big ideas for Climate I simply couldn’t turn down the opportunity to be involved with such a dynamic and fast growing company.”

Managing Director Alan Atkinson comments: “Dan is highly experienced in sealed unit production and was the ideal candidate for the job – I am delighted to welcome him to Climate.”

Dan’s appointment is the latest step Climate has taken to improve its production in recent times. The company recently invested in an additional auto-cutting table with edge deletion, a new tempering furnace and a fourth Lisec arising machine, meaning they can provide faster turnarounds and a more flexible service for their customers.

“Recent investments mean Climate is better equipped than ever to supply the rise in demand for conservatory roof glass, and there is still room for further growth” Alan comments.

Climate conservatory roof glass is available in five options – Aqua H.P, Active Blue, Activ Neutral, Privacy and 4S – and each options provides a host of benefits for the end user including, solar glare reduction and self-cleaning properties.

For more information call the Climate Sales Office on 01639 823778

Major capacity increase at Climate

Climate Capacity IncreaseClimate, the conservatory roof glass division of the UK’s largest independent sealed unit manufacturer the Glass Systems Group, has seen a significant increase in capacity following the installation of a third Lisec automatic arising line, an additional auto-cutting table with edge deletion and a fourth tempering furnace at their factory in Port Talbot.

The company is now comfortably producing around 3,000 units a week of their popular Climate conservatory roof glass and tempering 30,000m2 of toughened glass each week – and according to managing director Alan Atkinson the recent investment means there is room for further growth.

“The conservatory roof glass market is going from strength to strength and Climate is better equipped than ever to supply this increasing demand. The new Lisec automatic arising line, auto-cutting table and furnace has significantly enhanced our manufacturing capabilities and has enabled us to produce higher volumes with greater ease. This is good news for our customers who are ordering glass roofs in ever increasing numbers and need a fast turnaround and flexible service to suit their needs.”

Climate conservatory roof glass is available in five options – Aqua H.P, Activ Blue, Activ Neutral, Privacy and 4S – and each option reduces glare, cuts heating bills and keep the room temperature consistent whether it’s the height of summer or depths of winter.

Climate Aqua H.P is the company’s premium quality glass and has proved a big seller since its launch early in 2010. Manufactured using Bioclean Cool-Lite Aqua Green, Climate Aqua HP combines two coatings to enhance glass performance. The first coating harnesses UV light and rain to effectively break down and rinse away dirty residues to keep the glass cleaner for longer. The second coating reflects up to 72% of the suns rays, which keeps the interior temperature cooler during sunny spells.

“Climate glass is available in a variety of options and we will be manufacturing a lot more of it thanks to our recent machinery investment” Alan concludes.