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Factors Influencing Growth of the Furniture Industry

Furniture industry is essentially an ever growing industry that requires employment of variegated raw materials in quite large proportions. The range of the materials includes wood, wood base panel, leather, glass, plastic, metals and textiles and many more. The furniture is manufactured in various types, size, shapes, colour combinations (such as sofas, chairs, wardrobes, mattresses, kitchens etc.) to serve different purposes like schools, institutional, offices and residential.

Indian furniture is manufacturing and exporting high level of quality furniture in terms of design, fashion and technology. Indian furniture has a strong image all across the world. However, a large segment of furniture is imported from various foreign countries as well. The Indian furniture industry generates a turnover of Rs 3,500 crore annually. Eighty five per cent of the industry falls under unorganized sector and remaining fifteen percent is under formal sector, made up of manufacturers and exporters catering to the different segments of the industry. The market of wooden furniture solely owns the share of nearly Rs 60 crore. According to a recent study, the industry is expected to grow by 20 per cent in coming time.

Main Factors
The concept of good living and better lifestyle is fast catching up middle class’ mentality of Indians. Interior designing is no longer confined to rich and wealthy Indians. Even middle class people do not mind paying an added buck in getting their homes decorated with modern and designer furniture. These factors have resulted to a boom in decor industry especially when it comes to furniture. It is no more a surprise that foreign manufacturers are making huge investments in the furniture industry of India along with Indian furniture manufacturers and exporters. Globalization has impacted a lot and this leads to the growth in demand of furniture. Media also plays a vital role in making people learn about good living. In conclusion, below mentioned four categories are the factors for the rise in furniture industry;

o Architects
o Builders
o Interior Designers
o Participation in Furniture Trade Fairs for increased exposure

In addition to the major segments such as households, offices and schools, furniture is high in demand if we take other sub-categorized segments like Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedroom, etc. into consideration. According to a recent survey, there is an increase of 38 percent in home improvements and 37 percent increase is observed in leisure holidays, which shows two pursuits of Indian consumers willing to put huge sum to fulfill furniture requirements. This has led many leading foreign brands to make their genuine inception in Indian industry via domestic retail outlets. Some of the big players in the Indian furniture industry are Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Co. Ltd., Furniturewala, Zuari, Yantra, Renaissance, N R Jasani & Company, Furniture Concepts, Durian, Kian, Millenium Lifestyles, Truzo, PSL Modular Furniture, BP Ergo, Tangent, Featherlite and Haworth to name a few.

Timber Selection For Bar and Restaurant Furniture Applications

At this time the market for contract restaurant furniture in the United Kingdom is primarily driven by price. The trend is for new owners of restaurants, bars and pubs to choose a theme, whether modern or traditional and presenting their style to their intended clients. Often however the new owner is unwilling to make a huge investment because there is always the possibility that their chosen style will not be as popular as they had anticipated and it is not unusual for the owner to change the interior look of the premises every two or three years to keep the clients interested and to attract new ones. In this way, the owners are unwilling to make a big initial expenditure on pub chairs and while they will seek attractive design, cost is the factor that is foremost in their minds.

For the restaurant and pub trades, traditional wooden pub chairs and tables are still the most popular. The ‘Mates’ and ‘Captains’ chairs and wooden bar stools still being recognised as giving the instantly recognisable English pub look. For many years these pub chairs have been made from beechwood (Fagus Sylvatica) species in European Countries, for example, Czech republic or Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and Romania. Beechwood is a hardwood with good shock resistant characteristics and is easy to stain to any finish. Recently however these Countries have been invited to join the European Union and while this has given them many benefits – for example much easier trading terms with the other Countries in the E.U – it has also seen a rapid increase in their costs. This has been due to increased wage costs as labour mobility makes it very easy for their skilled workers to move to other European Countries and more costly working practices as they must meet the stricter EU legislation for health and safety law and environmental protection. Many of the factories making wooden restaurant chairs and bar chairs have needed to invest heavily in new machinery that is CNC controlled to reduce the wage costs. One factory in Romania has spent several tens of thousands of pounds on such machinery and a system to filter the wood dust particles and use this waste and other off cut timber to heat the premises. Another cost has been the rising price of beechwood and ashwood timbers as the demand from economically advancing Countries in the Far East for higher quality furniture draw away their home produced supply.

As these factories have seen their costs rise, they have inevitably had to increase their prices. In the last year alone prices have risen more than 20% for pub furniture that for many years have been rising by no more than 2% per annum. The owners of the factories have raised concerns that they are very concerned for the future of their businesses as they realise that the pub furniture that they make is available in many other parts of the world and they are becoming less and less competitive.

The effect on pub furniture suppliers in the UK has been either to accept that these rises are a reality and raise prices or to move to suppliers in other parts of the world, primarily Malaysia and China where cheaper wood species are used. The most popular species of timber used for making restaurant chairs in these Countries is rubberwood (Hevea Brasiliensis) which is a hardwood of the Maple family. Often praised for its ecological credentials because in Malaysia the timber has been harvested from latex making plantations, although now due to it’s popularity as a furniture making wood, it is often grown for this use alone. While rubberwood has many useful characteristics such as cheapness and resistance to warping or cracking in most conditions, I do not consider it a suitable wood for making chairs. The problem is that the joints of rubberwood chairs are just not nearly as strong in the long term as those of beechwood made chairs. Conventional PVA glues are much less effective on rubberwood joints than on beechwood and many Malaysian manufacturers of rubberwood chairs supply their chairs with unglued joints, relying on threaded inserts with flat headed bolts to secure the joints.

Contract Furniture Manufacturers and Hotel Furniture Suppliers

Everyone throughout the world needs furniture one way or another, a world without furniture would be an empty one, people would be reduced to sitting on floors, sleeping on floors, working from the floor, the world simply would not function as it does today. Furniture as readily available everywhere, many different stores and makes offer many different pieces, however maybe you are looking for something a bit different?

Do you need something designed that is a certain size or shape, maybe you need it to have special functions or compartment that simply can not be found on every day furniture? Well this is where Custom Made Furniture comes in to play, special companies have the capabilities to manufacture furniture that is specific to your specifications. Whatever the item you need may be they are able to produce it, you can specify the size you need it (width, height, length and depth). You can choose the material you want it to be manufactured from. You can even pick the colour you wish the final product to be and the finish you wish it to have.

If you have an idea for a piece of furniture that you can not find anywhere, don’t just give up… Pick up a pencil and sketch it or get on a computer and design a CAD image of it. Take the picture you have produced to a custom furniture manufacturer and see what they can do with it, it is more than likely that the y will be able to manufacture your product for you (at a price of course).

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