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The European Market for Office Furniture

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 (2004-2014) and figures by country.

A forecast on office furniture consumption in 2015 and 2016 is provided.

The report analyses sales data and market shares of top European office furniture 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 office furniture competitive system: prices, distribution channels and short company profiles.

Office furniture industry production is broken down by type (seating: Executive office chairs, Operative office chairs, Visitor chairs, Folding/Stackable chairs and others; operative desking systems: adjustable and not adjustable, free standing and panel based; executive office furniture; filing systems/storage; wall-to-wall units; furniture for meeting rooms and communal areas). Trends of office furniture prices by country and data on employment and turnover per employee are also provided.

The report also provides a detailed analysis on office seating quantities and brand positioning. The number and the performance of swivel chairs sold in 2013 and 2014 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.

NEW! This edition contains the forecast for 2015 and 2016 of the office furniture consumption (in real terms) for each single country and for the whole European market

The analysis of office furniture distribution channels by country covers: direct sales, office specialists, non-specialists and other. 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 200 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.

Highlights

The European market for office furniture showed a feeble growth in 2014. The growth of Germany and the United Kingdom helped the whole sector turn out to a positive sign.

European exports increased by 5% in 2014. Office chairs segment showed a faster dynamics. Among the export destinations Eastern Europe and North America registered growth by far over the average.

About one half of the European production originates in Germany and Italy, which also represent the main exporters of office furniture.

The European market for office furniture is very concentrated: today the top 20 players represent 47% of the total European output growing constantly in the last years.

Table of Contents

SCENARIO

  • Market evolution and figures by country
  • Leading groups in Europe and market shares
  • Current trends and forecasts for 2015 and 2016

BUSINESS PERFORMANCE

  • Production, consumption, international trade of office furniture and macroeconomic indicators, 2009-2014
    • Europe
    • Northern Europe Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden
    • Western Europe Belgium, France, Ireland, Netherlands, United Kingdom
    • Central Europe (DACH): Austria, Germany, Switzerland
    • Southern Europe: Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain

INTERNATIONAL TRADE

  • Exports by country and by geographical destination, 2009-2014
    • (Total, office seating, office furniture excluding seating)
  • Extra European destinations
  • Imports by country and by geographical destination, 2009-2014
    • (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, 2004-2014
  • Employment in a sample of companies
  • Expenditure on investments 2004-2014

DISTRIBUTION AND PRICES

  • Distribution channels
    • Incidence of the distribution channels in the major European markets, 2014. (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 and performance by market, 2013 and 2014.
  • Brand positioning by average net price and number of units sold, 2014 (Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Sweden)

COMPANY MARKET SHARES BY PRODUCT

  • Total production in a sample of companies, 2013 and 2014
    • 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 (DACH): Austria, Germany, Switzerland
  • Southern Europe: Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain
  • 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

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