STÉPHANE BRIOT – Sales manager for France
“By designing new looks for façades, architects are drivers of change in sliding and folding-sliding systems for shutters. We have just designed a range of folding-sliding systems which incorporate track and hanger components that are hidden from view. We are also reworking our long-standing Winslide range to reduce the size of pelmets. The solution has to be minimalist and extra slim because the market trend for façades is a discreet and seamless look. Sliding shutters are also more than just decorative panels: they provide privacy and protection from the wind and sun.
Although demand is still strong on the residential building market for this type of shutter, it is also increasingly used for patios. Thanks to motorisation solutions which make it easier to operate this type of shutter, we can see a new market for individual houses opening up, driven by our newest development for sliding systems – the possibility of operating shutters from a smartphone. The cost of motorisation means these solutions only target the high-end market for now, but it meets the market trends, similarly to solar-driven motorisation.”