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Author: Richard Gyde Created: Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Observations about Mila Hardware and our industry

We’re really excited about the products we’re launching at the FIT show – so much so, that last week we took some of the trade press editors over to Europe for a special preview of one of them.

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No sooner have I got back from Fensterbau in India, than it’s straight into plans for the FIT show.

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Some good news on the economy at last.  I saw a report on the BBC website earlier this week that UK retail sales grew at their fastest rate in more than three years in February with like for like retail sales up 2.7% over the previous year.

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I write a lot on this blog about how fantastic I believe Mila's own brand products are.  We put so much energy, commitment and hard work into ensuring that they are the best designed, have the best finishes and are the best quality and value on the market, that I think my enthusiasm is entirely justified.

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I’m off to Mumbai tonight to visit the third Fenstarbau India exhibition.  I went to the first event back in 2011 in New Delhi which was on a fairly small scale, but apparently it’s grown considerably over the last couple of years and I’m keen to see how things have developed since then.

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Last weekend we entered the Chinese Year of the Snake - or ‘She’ as it is apparently called - so I’d like to send my very best wishes to all Mila’s colleagues, friends and suppliers in China.

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10 of the 15 riders taking part in this Summer’s GM Fundraising Hope 66 bike ride in the US met up at the weekend for a very cold and very windy training run.

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Plans are coming together nicely for the Mila stand at the FIT show.  We signed up as Launch Partners at the very beginning and as a Diamond exhibitor we’ve got a great position - right at the front of Hall 2 - and a reasonably big stand which will give us plenty of room to show off all the new products we’ve got planned.

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It’s taken me a while to get to grips with Twitter but now that I have I’m a dedicated convert.

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Happy New Year everyone!  This is already my second week back but I know a lot of fabricators took advantage of a fairly quiet time to have a few extra days off and make this the first working week of 2013.

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