How will sector of windows and doors look in Poland in 2031? Based on foresight research prepared by ASM-Market Research and Analysis Centre, 4 different scenarios have been prepared for Polish Windows and Doors Association.

The future of the windows and doors sector in Poland depends on many different factors and events that are often impossible to predict. However, it is worthy to consider possible scenarios and properly prepare for them. Dwight Eisenhower used to says: “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”

Foresight   provides a solid basis for further discussion about the functioning of the sector in relation to the challenges it faces.

- Foresight techniques are used to explore alternatives for a better future in a structured waysays Beata Tomczak, Head Analytic of construction sector at ASM-Market Research and Analysis Centre.This kind of research helps to see how the impact of different possible situations may influence future development,  where are the risks and opportunities. Foresight do not give the answer, rather scenarios with information that will support present-day decisions of companies and help them shape the future.

Scenario 1: Secure growth

In the first scenario Poland is a “tiger of windows of doors sector.” According to that, in the years 2016-2021, Poland uses the grants from the EU budget perspective for 2014-2020 to accelerate the growth of the construction industry. High external demand affects the development of the construction sector. In the years 2022-2031 Poland is building a knowledge-based economy, and the GDP is one of the highest in the EU. This determines the stimulation of investment and renovation activity, and consumers opt to buy ecological, well designed and energy efficient products.

Scenario 2: Calm stagnation

Less optimistic scenario assumes that in the years 2016-2021, as in the previous variant, EU grants accelerate growth of the construction industry, beneficially influenced by the high external demand. The situation is different in the years 2022-2031, in which Poland still has a big economic growth and is builds a knowledge-based economy. However consumers are less energy-consciousness and limit their investment and renovation activity. Changes are in the structure of the investments – end clients prefer new apartments rather than individual houses which lead to the situation where developers create demand, and the growth of the sector of windows and doors is mainly determined by renovation works.

Scenario 3: Dystopia

Another scenario creates a vision that in the years 2016-2021 Poland exceeds 3% of GDP budget deficit and an excessive deficit procedure is introduced. The government do not take reorganisation procedure, resulting in a blockage of EU funds which hampers economic growth. Brexit and actions taken to  reduce the wave of immigrants lead to decline in export and foreign investments. In the years 2022-2031 economic growth is crumbling, a number of countries are leaving Euro zone. The aging population and unemployment result in a decrease in demand for new constructions and increase of illegal but cheaper low-cost solutions on the market.

Scenario 4: Uncertain materialism

The last variant assumes that in the years 2016-2021 Poland is benefitting from EU subsidies, which accelarate growth in the construction industry. At the same time the country is achieving one of the highest economic growth in Europe, becoming a destination of immigration. However in 2022-2031 destabilization of the European market is rising also because of Brexit. The importance of safety and the products which provides the security is becoming more and more important. The aging population leads to greater activity in the field of social housing. The large group of immigrants results in the appearance of multiculturalism.