Market Insights

Quanex provides a variety of unique services designed to help our customers make their businesses better.

Through our deep industry engagement and continual market monitoring, Quanex can offer:

  • Custom regional market window forecasts
  • Market insights by state and by major metropolitan areas
  • Window market segment analysis by new construction vs. remodeling
  • Housing market segment analysis by single family vs. multifamily

Anthony Wright

Anthony Wright is the Director of Strategic Marketing & Analysis for Quanex Building Products. With more than 20 years of experience leading research projects and setting long-term business strategies for national brands, Anthony will keep you up to date on the latest market insights and how they impact your every day.

Contact Anthony Wright directly at anthony.wright@quanex.com


(Multi)Family Matters

Multifamily housing has led the housing recovery out of recession. The headline data has been great. Over the past year, multifamily starts are up 28 percent compared to single-family starts which are up a mere 12 percent. The original forecast at the end of 2014 was for single-family starts to rise 25 to 30 percent in 2015 while multifamily starts were projected to grow 15 percent. Thus on a (SAAR) seasonally adjusted annual rate, single-family starts were projected to grow from 728,000 starts to 946,000 starts, while multifamily starts were projected to grow from 361,000 starts to 415,000 starts in 2015.

Posted: February 29, 2016 by Anthony Wright

Filed under: analytics, energy, multifamily, trends

Coming Tailwinds for Solar and Renewable Energy Products

The tailwinds for the adoption of solar energy have shifted. As a trend watcher, there are a few key insights I’d like to share. In spite of cheap gas prices and lack of an economic incentive to move away from fossil fuels, developments over the past year have seemingly established an inflection point for significant tailwinds in solar energy. This shift marks a move away from economic drivers to regulatory drivers as the prime mover for the adoption of solar and other renewable energy technologies.

Posted: January 18, 2016 by Anthony Wright

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Three Trends to Watch in 2016

This past year, we spent month after month waiting for single-family housing to take off, multifamily housing to stall, and a net-positive economic impact for oil- and gas-dependent housing economies. Instead what we got was tepid growth in single-family housing starts, volatile multifamily housing growth, recession-like job losses and sluggish home sales.

Posted: January 04, 2016 by Anthony Wright

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3 Reasons California is the New Texas

As we’ve moved from recession to recovery, Texas has been center stage when it comes to the housing market. But, could it have some West Coast competition?

Posted: December 15, 2015 by Anthony Wright

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