Study: U.S. Leads World in Metal Door and Window Imports

June 28th, 2016 by Editor

The U.S. ranks No. 1 in global imports of metal doors and windows, accounting for 12 percent of the world market, according to a new report by Index Box, a U.K.-based market research firm.

The U.S. is followed by Japan (8 percent), France (7 percent), Saudi Arabia (7 percent), and Germany (6 percent). In 2015, U.S. metal door and window imports totaled $850 million, which was 17 percent higher than the year before.

From 2007 to 2015, U.S. metal door and window imports showed steep fluctuations. A big drop in 2009 as the housing bubble burst spilled over to 2010 with another 19 percent decline. The recovery started in 2011 and continued to 2015, accelerating by the end of the period. In 2015, U.S. metal door and window imports surpassed the pre-recession level of 2008.

As a global leader in imports, the U.S. remains one of the most attractive destinations for overseas suppliers, according to the report

Canada and China were the main suppliers of metal doors and windows into the U.S., with a combined 62 percent share of total U.S. imports in 2015. China was the fastest-growing supplier (+7.2 percent per year) from 2007 to 2015, while imports from Canada declined by 2.4 percent per year over the same period. China significantly strengthened its position in the U.S., from 14 percent in 2007 to 23 percent in 2015. By contrast, Canada’s share declined by 11 percentage points to 39 percent.

From 2007 to 2015, the U.S. was a net importer of metal windows and doors. However, exports showed a solid upward trend over the period under review, while imports only reached their recovery point in 2015.

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