Better weather ahead

David   

"On behalf of everyone at Wolf Systems I’d like to wish you all a very prosperous 2014."

    

“While the predicted ‘arctic plunge’ of winter 2013 is thankfully yet to materialise, 2013 began, if you remember with ice, freezing temperatures and snowfall disrupting much of the UK. For some businesses this meant a slow start; for others, unfortunately including one of Wolf’s manufacturers, the conditions were severe enough that they ceased to trade.

Throughout what has been a difficult trading period and regardless of market conditions, we continue to invest heavily in products and services designed to support our customers through difficult times.

In early 2013 challenges ensued for the house building industry, with signs of recovery in April and May leading to gradual improvement over the course of the year. In July, after increased demand for new housing, house prices tentatively started to rise – something the press was quick to pick up on, inflating housing demand further still.

New house sales were also stimulated by the Government’s Help to Buy Scheme, while the upturn in the housing market was prolonged by brick and block shortages over the summer that tempered building activity. In response, house builders strengthened their workforces and began opening more sites.

 

Closer to home, 2013 proved to be a ‘slow burner’ for Wolf Systems. Nevertheless, where there’s demand, we’re ready with products that more than fit the bill. We have continued to make significant investment in our software, building on our leadership position.

easi-joist® continues its excellent momentum, with sales up 15% on 2012, and I’m pleased  to  report a similar increase in total sales this year.

As for 2014, I envisage that the upturn will continue into quarter two – here at Wolf we’re certainly doing all that we can to meet demand and help ease the way for our customers.  Confidence levels are rising – significantly, we’ve seen machinery sales resume once again and customers’ investment in new plant is a good marker of conviction."

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