The Covid-19 pandemic is accelerating a shift towards ecommerce in the mattress sector according to a new report by a major European furniture industry research body.

The distributor behind the M Line mattress programme is to expand into Asia after striking a partnership agreement to grow its international footprint.

Weeks of zero takings during lockdown won't prevent the majority of bed and mattress retailers hitting their full year revenue targets according to a poll by the National Bed Federation (NBF).

Bensons for Beds says it will shift its focus to special offers and deals throughout most of November rather than participate in the Black Friday promotion this year.

Bedding manufacturer, distributor and licensee Comfy Quilts found growth in 2019–20 buoyed by increased demand from an online retailer with whom it has familial ties.

Chinese mattress imports into the U.K. jumped by more than a third at the height of summer to reach their highest level since January 2019.

British furniture manufacturers continued to narrow the year-on-year production deficit as they brought employees back from furlough, new Government figures show.

"The premium innerspring segment in the U.K. market is not being fully served," said Tempur Sealy International CEO Scott Thompson as the Kentucky conglomerate announced that — together with its joint venture partner — it is buying back the U.K. Sealy brand rights from Silentnight.

Britain's mattress supply chains are under unprecedented pressure as demand outstrips the ability for factories to make products fast enough, according to the National Bed Federation.

Tempur Sealy International says it will "develop, expand and reposition" Sealy products in the U.K. after agreeing a buyback of the brand rights in a joint venture with the Dyer family, its longtime Asia-Pacific partner.

Specialist furniture vertical HSL said four years of investment in its manufacturing operations paid dividends as it upped the volume of product leaving its own factory last year.

Specialist furniture vertical HSL found the sweet spot in 2019 as its 59-store retail network and home consultations delivered top and bottom line growth.

Shortages of foam and particle board are reducing production capacity and driving costs up, according to the British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), which says retailers should brace for price increases.

The Vita Group will next year begin producing foam created from polyols derived from recycled mattresses after agreeing a collaboration with chemicals giant Dow.

U.K. revenue for Hästens Beds jumped almost a third last year as the high-end Swedish mattress maker continued to finance its growth here.

South East retailer Sussex Beds has launched its new television advertising campaign as part of plans by the ten-store business to increase marketing more than three-fold in short order.

The pandemic accelerated ecommerce growth at And So To Bed but the high-end bedroom retailer said it would have made strong gains regardless after investment last year.

Mattress and ancillary products vendor Emma - The Sleep Company has appointed Andreas Westendoerpf as chief technology officer (CTO) to lead an overhaul of its IT platform.

National retailer Bensons for Beds is to bolster its Cambridgeshire manufacturing plant after investing in a state-of-the-art quilting machine.

Retail chain Mattressman has kept to the terms of its agreement with creditors following a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) but will get more time to deposit funds into the repayment pot.

Mattress giant Tempur says it is expecting a stronger second half than initially forecast in the U.K. after demand outperformed once the country emerged from lockdown.

Vita, one of the big three foamers and a key partner to the U.K. mattress and upholstery sectors, said it drew down on a credit line earlier this year to provide maximum operational flexibility.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has fixed the 2021 dates for its Bed Show. It will be held September 21–22 at the Telford International Centre.

Mattress giant Tempur Sealy International has promoted Tobin James amid a raft of appointments including a strengthening of its senior leadership team in the U.K.

An Introduction to the Domestic Flammability Regulations is the fourth in a series of online training courses to be launched by the Furniture Industry Research Association.

The Belfield Group, owner of Westbridge Furniture, Tetrad and one of the U.K.'s largest mattress factories, booked higher consolidated profits in 2019 despite a fall in group-wide revenue.

Every retailer faces a shared threat at the minute, but perhaps the biggest medium-term obstacle to Dreams' continued market leadership in the beds category has now been eliminated, thanks to its owner.

Nikki Crumpton, non-executive director at Eve Sleep, will next week step down from the board of the mattress and ancillary products wholesale and retail company.

National bed specialist Dreams picked up the Feather & Black brand and selected assets for a fraction of the price shelled out by past owners of the high-end business, a new report reveals.

Furniture prices at the factory gate inched forward last month ahead of manufacturers facing the impact of a spike in raw material prices this autumn.

Imports of foam and sprung mattresses into the U.K. declined at the height of summer despite a leap in the value of goods shipped from Turkey and China.

Britain's furniture and bedding retailers should brace for imminent price increases with sofa and mattress makers here coming under intense raw material price pressure, particularly for foam.

Mattress company Eve Sleep will take a bigger step into the ancillary sleep products market after striking a partnership with Boots, the national health and beauty retailer.

National beds retailer Bensons for Beds has strengthened its board with the appointment of Ian Shepherd as a non-executive director.

Longtime Bensons for Beds executive Mark Cort has been appointed managing director at Jay-Be, the West Yorkshire folding bed, mattress and sofabed manufacturer.

National retailer Bensons for Beds has stepped up recruitment at its Lancashire logistics and distribution centre as it executes its transformation programme following its late June restructure.

Tempur Sealy International says it will source 100 percent renewable electricity for its U.S. and European manufacturing operations as part of a deeper commitment to reducing its global environmental footprint.

London based mattress-in-a-box brand now launched after August 2019 incorporation.

Swedish beds conglomerate Hilding Anders has divested a key part of its French business, selling a €40 million turnover mattress maker to a CEO-led management buyout.

Enterprises from across the U.K. and international bedding industry have agreed to become the first-ever individual award category sponsors of the National Bed Federation (NBF) awards, whose 2020 winners will be announced this autumn.



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