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The European Market for Office Furniture

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Summary: Highlights of this Report

This report offers a comprehensive picture of the office furniture market in 16 Western European countries, providing office furniture industry statistics (production and consumption, imports exports), office furniture prices, marketing policies and distribution. Market evolution (2002-2012) and figures by country

The report analyses sales data and market shares of top European manufacturers.

Company sales are broken down by country, by product (seating, desking systems, executive office furniture, filing systems/storage, wall to wall units, meeting rooms and communal areas).

The report also analyses the competitive systems: prices, distribution channels and short company profiles.

Office furniture industry production is broken down by type (seating: task/work chairs, visitors chairs, foldable/stackable, contract; operative desking systems: adjustable and not adjustable, free standing and panel based; executive office furniture; filing systems/storage; wall-to-wall units; furniture for reception and communal areas). Trends of office furniture prices by country and data on employment and turnover per employee are also provided.

This edition contains a brand new analysis on office seating quantities and brand positioning. The number of swivel chairs sold and brand positioning by average "net price", is given for six major countries (Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and Sweden).Values include both products manufactured in Europe and products imported from Extra European countries.

The analysis of office furniture distribution channels by country covers: direct sales, office specialists, non specialized, large scale distribution, mail order, e-commerce. A breakdown of office furniture sales by distribution channel is available for the top companies.

A breakdown of European office furniture exports and imports is provided by country and product type (office furniture and office seating).

Addresses of about 250 office furniture companies mentioned in the report are also included.

Countries covered: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.


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The year 2012 performed positively in the first half and slowed down in the last two quarters. As a consequence, sector production dropped by -3.7% in the year. The growth of international trade has been weak. The 1.7% increase in exports was accompanied by a similar trend in imports. As a result, apparent consumption decreased by -3.8% over the year. Market openness increased in 2012 as exports/production ratio grew to 33% and an imports/consumption ratio reached 32% both gaining one percentage points comparing to the previous year. The combined market share of the top five players stood at around 21% in 2012.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents and selected companies mentioned

SCENARIO

  • Market evolution and figures by country
  • Leading groups in Europe and market shares
  • Current trends and forecasts for 2013

2. BUSINESS PERFORMANCE

Production, consumption, international trade of office furniture and macroeconomic indicators, 2007-2012

  • Europe
  • Northern Europe (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden)
  • Western Europe (Belgium, France, Ireland, Netherlands, United Kingdom)
  • Central Europe (Austria, Germany, Switzerland)

INTERNATIONAL TRADE

  • Exports by country and by geographical destination, 2007-2012
    • (Total, office seating, office furniture excluding seating)
  • Extra European destinations
  • Imports by country and by geographical destination, 2007-2012
    • (Total, office seating, office furniture excluding seating)
  • Imports from extra-European areas
  • Chinese imports penetration by country.

SUPPLY STRUCTURE

  • Product segments
  • Production of office seating- supply by type: task/work chairs, visitor/guest chairs, stackable chairs- supply by covering: textile, leather, microfibres- supply by structure: metal, plastic, wood- production breakdown in a sample of companies
  • Production of operative desking- supply by adjustable/not adjustable desking- supply by freestanding/panel based desking- supply by structure/frame material and by worktop material- production breakdown in a sample of companies
  • Production of executive furniture
  • Production of cabinets, storage and filing systems- supply by type: filing systems, personal filing- supply by material: wood, metal, combined
  • Production of wall to wall units- supply by type ( equipped walls, wall to wall units, mobile screens) and material (wood based, glass/crystal, metal) in a sample of companies-
  • Production of furniture for meeting rooms and communal areas
  • Employment and investment activity
  • Employment and turnover per employee, 2002-2012
  • Employment in a sample of companies
  • Expenditure on investments 2002-2012

DISTRIBUTION AND PRICES

  • Distribution channels
  • Incidence of the distribution channels in the major European markets, 2012. (Sample of leading office furniture dealers, Sample of leading office chains, large-scale distributors, mail order and e-commerce)
  • Prices: focus on office swivel chairs in Europe
  • Total number of units sold by market, 2012.
  • Brand positioning by average net price and number of units sold, 2012 (Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Sweden)

COMPANY MARKET SHARES BY PRODUCT

  • Total production in a sample of companies, 2011 and 2012
  • Total sales, Office seating, Office desking, Executive furniture, Archiving systems, Personal filing and cabinets, Wall to wall units, Furniture for communal areas

COMPANY MARKET SHARES BY COUNTRY

  • Northern Europe (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden)
  • Western Europe (Belgium, France, Ireland, Netherlands, United Kingdom)
  • Central Europe (Austria, Germany, Switzerland)
  • Extra European sales (Central-Eastern Europe and Russia, Middle East, Asia Pacific, North America, Central-South America, Africa)

APPENDIX 1: INTERNATIONAL TRADE TABLES

For each of the 16 Countries considered:

  • Exports by country and by geographical area of office furniture excluding seating
  • Exports by country and by geographical area of office seating
  • Imports by country and by geographical area of office furniture excluding seating
  • Imports by country and by geographical area of office seating

APPENDIX 2: LIST OF MENTIONED COMPANIES

Selected companies mentioned:

Actiu Grupo, Ahrend Group, Arfeo, Assmann, Bene Group, Brevidex, Bruynzeel Filing and Storage, Buronomic, C+P Möbelsystem, Ceka Group , Clen, Clestra + Mécanobloc, Dauphin, Doimo office, Duba-B8, Dyna Mobel, Edsbyverken, EFG, Estel office, Fantoni office, Faram, FC Brown Bisley Office, Forma 5 Group, Forster Metallbau, Fritz Schäfer GmbH - SSI Schäfer , Giroflex, Girsberger, Gispen, Hali, Haworth Europe, Herman Miller, Interstuhl, Isku Interior Oy, Kinnarps, König & Neurath, Kusch + Co, Las Mobili, Lienhard Office Group, Majencia, Martela OY, Methis, Middel Büromöbel, Mobel Linea, Neudoerfler, Ofita, Ophelis Pfalzmöbel, Palmberg, Pami-TDS, Quadrifoglio, Rohde Group, SB Seating, Sedus Group, Senator, Sitland, Sokoa Group, Steelcase, Strähle, Svoboda, Topstar, Triumph Group, Tvilum Scanbirk, Unifor, USM Group, Vitra International AG, VS Möbel, Walter Knoll, WelleMoebel, Wiesner-Hager, Wilkhahn, Wini

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