Volume 49, Issue 4 - April 2014

Purchasing Power

USGlass Magazine Looks at Machinery Buying Plans and Trends
by Ellen Rogers

With the amount of new construction expected to increase next year, that will likely mean a need for more glass on these projects. In what could be described as an effort to prepare for increased demand, many glass companies are making plans to enhance their capabilities. How so? Within the next 12 months more than half of the industry’s companies expect to purchase new equipment; more than a third have firm plans to purchase, but have yet to say just when they plan to do so. These are just some of the findings of a recent research project conducted by USGlass magazine to learn more about plans companies have regarding machinery purchases and buying trends.

To gauge readers’ machinery buying plans, questionnaires were sent to three distinct groups: fabricator, contract glazier and retailer subscribers. Respondents answered questions about not only when they plan to buy, but also what types of equipment they plan to buy, whether they are considering new or used equipment and the age of their current machines, among others.

The results in this section provide a look at buying plans companies have laid out for the future and serve as the basis for an in-depth machinery guide that will be featured in the August 2014 issue. If your company has plans to purchase new equipment and/or machinery, or has done so in the past year, we welcome your feedback and participation in the upcoming Machinery Guide. Contact Ellen Rogers at erogers@glass.com to tell us about your recent and future machinery purchases.

 

Ellen Rogers is the editor of USGlass magazine. Follow her on Twitter @USGlass and like USGlass on Facebook to receive updates.



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