November 21, 2007 | Vol 2, Num 46
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Stronger Canadian Market Evident at Win-Door
Photo of booth at Win-DoorWhile industry sales decline in the U.S., the Canadian housing market continues to roll along—a fact evident in brisk traffic at Win-Door last week. The event also appeared to see an uptick in door supplier activity... read more

Industry Webinar Scheduled November 28
Jordan, Knauff & Co. will host its Fall Window & Door Industry Update next week. Topics include China... read more

Call for Builders' Show Product Information
Are you exhibiting at the 2008 International Builders' Show? Window & Door is soliciting product information for special IBS product coverage, to appear in our magazine and on our Web site. Click "read more" for information about how to submit your product... read more

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The Talk...

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In 2008, I expect new product launches and innovation in the window and door industry...
...to decrease, as companies try to trim expenses and focus on core competencies.
...to slow, because builders and consumers aren't paying for innovation in a down market.
...to increase, as companies try to stand apart from the crowd in a tight market.
...to vary, by segment—a bit more in the upper-end product lines.
...to remain about the same.


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Christina Lewellen,
senior editor of Window & Door

Seriously—is it already Thanksgiving? The older I get, the faster the years seem to fly by. Magazine cycles are even worse—I just spent the last two weeks collecting insights from folks in all areas of our industry in preparation for our January 2008 forecast issue.

On a personal level, it's tough to talk about next year before I've even enjoyed my Thanksgiving Day turkey-and-pie coma. But the industry is abuzz with what next year might bring. There are many opinions—most of them similar—about how the industry will fare and when exactly the housing downturn might sneak out some upturn. The interesting difference of opinion comes in the arena of innovation.

Some say the slow market means new finished product and component roll-outs will slow in 2008 and others say innovation will be the key to surviving in lean times.

So look into your crystal ball, readers. What will Window & Door's New Products section look like in 2008? Plug in your vote and send me an email if you care to share your forecast.

From everyone at Window & Door, have a fabulous and safe holiday.

RESULTS AND COMMENTS FROM LAST WEEK'S POLL—"Are things getting better for "independents" in the window and door business?": Popular opinion is "no," though we still see  some optimism from our industry.
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