Cotswold blog – Life of Brian

An example of a Cotswold product in China

In his new monthly blog – Life of Brian – Cotswold’s Design Manager Brian Bunn discusses key product solutions he has delivered for companies around the world; as well as talking about key market trends that are shaping the industry.

One of the great things about working for Cotswold Architectural Products is that the company has an international focus. From Jakarta to Jalalabad there is more than likely a skyscraper incorporating Cotswold friction stays along the way.

This can be a double-edged sword though – because as much as I love the world and its many wonders, there is no place quite like good old Blighty.

But by being involved with so many high-profile projects abroad you get to see reality, rather than perception.

Take China. She is going at a thousand miles an hour; hot on the heels of America to become the world’s most powerful economy.

And an interesting point I picked up on when I was there recently was the fact that Chinese manufacturers and architects aren’t that ‘sold’ on their own friction stays.

It’s a baffling scenario; a bit of a paying Peter to rob Paul one when you think about it. At a time when many UK manufacturers are buying cheaper Chinese made hardware, many local architects and consultants in China are buying UK made hardware, due to fears about the longevity and quality of Chinese manufactured friction stays.

From being on the ground it seems that if you are involved in the construction of a skyscraper in China and you’re an architect, it isn’t worth compromising your reputation by choosing locally made hardware that may be cheaper but not as robust or well-designed as, excuse the plug, a Cotswold made friction stay for example.

Now, I don’t want to sound like I’m criticising China unduly because from being there you can’t help but be impressed by how she is developing; and they do have manufacturing prowess in some areas. But when it comes to friction stays they are certainly obeying the doctrines of global market economics, and simply buying what is best.

Chairman Mao would turn in his grave.

Next month I am going to be talking about an in-genius solution I came up with for a customer of ours in the UK; as well travelling to India to assess the market there.