ONE of the North’s leading windows manufacturers, Inverness-based Cairngorm Windows, has racked up a staggering 36 per cent increase in windows made and sold in 2013.
And its latest diversification strategy in 2014 will be colourful – with windows and doors produced in a whole range of shades.
Cairngorm, who celebrated their 60th anniversary last summer, manufactured a record 6,022 windows in 2013, compared to 4,613 the previous year.
“These were all made for orders received and is more windows than we’ve ever made annually,” said managing director, David Dowling.
“It shows how much we’ve been able to bounce back from the 2008 global financial downturn.
“Given that housing – and thus windows – was a major early casualty of the downturn, our fresh growth reflects well on the industry and the overall Highland and Scottish economy going forward.
“It’s an excellent outcome to a year in which we were voted best family business in the Highlands and Islands.”
During the depths of the housing recession, Cairngorm found new income streams by diversifying, firstly into solar panels and then into their photo-voltaic equivalent, generating an extra £5 million of business a year.
“We see further significant expansion in that sector in 2014,” revealed Mr Dowling.
“Our new activity, however, will be in our core business, by offering windows and doors in a whole range of new colours.
“Grey was the big new windows seller in the second half of 2013, showing less dirt and generating new orders every week.
“We’ve great hopes for dual -coloured windows, such as anthracite grey on the outside and oak on the inside.
“We’ve assembled a range of 24 different colours of doors for 2014 and the signs are of increased appetite for such doors and windows from both the commercial sector and the local authority housing market.”
Cairngorm, who employ over 80 people, hope to have a £300,000 new extension to their headquarters completed by the spring.
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