The organiser of the Manchester and January Furniture Shows is launching Reveal, a new trade ecommerce platform that aims to deliver a permanent digital shopfront for industry retailers and suppliers.

Foam supply giants Greiner and Recticel could unite after the former said it was planning a takeover approach after already agreeing to buy more than a quarter of the company from a third party. Officials will meet Monday to discuss a deal.

The U.K. arm of upholstery conglomerate La-Z-Boy said it had performed very strongly in a challenging market even if the pandemic overshadowed the last knockings of its just-reported financial year.

A series of newly-formed entities signpost the biggest change in Silentnight's structure since H.I.G., the U.S. investment group, took control of the bed manufacturer a decade ago.

Silentnight joint group md Neil Anderson is to become chief executive at the U.K.'s biggest bed maker with the company's executive chairman one of two senior figures who are stepping down.

Year-on-year foam and sprung mattress imports rose 11 percent in the first quarter of 2021 on higher shipments from Turkey and China. They remain down on a two-year basis.

U.K. upholstery imports surged at the end of the first quarter on a mix of higher demand and annualising production problems in China because of the pandemic last year.

Manufacturers in Belgium, the largest source of foreign-made carpet sold in the U.K., ended a barren run stretching back to September 2019 at the end of the first quarter.

The unwind of pre-lockdown orders wasn't enough to keep revenue positive in the U.K. for Stressless brand owner Ekornes in the first quarter of 2021 as the lockdown prevented an immediate building on full year growth here for last year.

Furniture manufacturers across the U.K. delivered their first annual rise in output in more than 12 months in March, according to new official figures published yesterday.

Belgian carpet manufacturing conglomerate Balta has raised prices in response to input cost inflation and has warned flooring customers that more may follow.

Italian upholstery vertical Natuzzi has hired a former McKinsey consultant as its new CEO with current incumbent and founder Pasquale Natuzzi to become executive chairman.

Britain's bed industry is warning of further prices rises and extended lead times as it grapples continued cost pressures and reduced availability of raw materials, says the National Bed Federation (NBF).

North West mattress maker and foam converter Comfortex maintained its circa mid-single digit net margin in 2019–20 despite the impact of the pandemic.

A switch to manufacturing personal protective equipment for the NHS was among the factors helping mitigate the impact of customer store closures during the pandemic for bed manufacturer Millbrook.

Four key European furniture and bedding trade associations have united to express their concern over the conflicted response across the EU to the coronavirus pandemic, saying it has created added uncertainty and difficulty.

The CEO of major foam company Recticel says chemical raw materials supply remains constrained and the situation will endure longer than previously anticipated.

The Spanish owner of bed maker Vispring and bedroom retailer And So To Bed has adjusted the ownership structure of its U.K. bedding interests.

Online sales and the unleashing of pent-up consumer demand helped keep a lid on the order decline at high-end bed maker Vispring last year.

Confidence among U.K. furniture makers has improved as the retail sector emerged from lockdown restrictions to a surfeit of new orders.

Victoria, the acquisitive flooring conglomerate, has agreed to buy Dutch artificial grass supplier and carpet backing company Edel Group from its private equity owners.

Batley based furniture maker and retailer HSL is among several industry companies claiming a Queen's Award for Enterprise for 2021.

Whitemeadow, the upholstered furniture manufacturer that employs over 650 people across its East Midlands factories, has launched an online Careers Hub.

Upholstery vertical Sofa.com found extra margin and modest pro-rata sales growth in the first period since it was bought by Frasers Group in 2019.

Sofa maker Furnico said excellent cost management and internal efficiencies helped it find additional margin last year, mitigating a lockdown-induced turnover drop.

Widening its network of suppliers and rationalising some raw material products has helped Hypnos steer a course through supply chain challenges, the company has said in just-filed accounts.

Upholstery market leader DFS has appointed a new creative agency to manage its advertising account, ending a 10-year association with current incumbent Krow Communications.

Batley bed maker Apollo Beds bolstered its balance sheet after landing an increase in profits in the period taking in the first few months of the pandemic.

Upholstery conglomerate La-Z-Boy is among a number of investors joining a $15 million Series B funding round for U.S. furniture ecommerce company Floyd.

The price of materials and fuels used by U.K. furniture makers rose at its fastest pace in nearly three years in March, new official figures show.

Nicoletti Home, the Italian sofa manufacturer, will host a U.K. appointment-only event for its British and Irish furniture customers in Nottingham next month.

Savoir Beds, the prestige bed manufacturer and retailer, is this week opening a new flagship showroom in the heart of Mayfair, London.

Leeds fitted furniture vertical Strachan remained cash generative and profitable despite sales falling as a result of the first lockdown last year.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) is hosting and streaming regular video podcasts online as it looks to harness the expertise of leading industry professionals across the mattress sector.

New DFS filings disclose the market-leading upholstery group's cash position through the rump of the just-ended lockdown as well as early pandemic figures for two of its furniture retail subsidiaries.

Profits climbed on higher sales and wider margins last year for sofa manufacturer Ashwood Designs against a backdrop of increasingly difficult market conditions with the impact of the pandemic and Brexit.

Nicoletti Home says worldwide revenue is up 20 percent so far this year with the Italian sofa maker calling for raw material suppliers to better support manufacturers so the industry can continue to meet demand.

Upholstery imports into the U.K. jumped by almost a quarter in February despite almost every major source nation for British buyers seeing a year-on-year decline.

Carpet and rug imports from Turkey are up more than a quarter in 2021 so far according to new official figures, helping mitigate the continued fall in the value of goods coming in from historic trading partners.

Keen & Toms Holdings, parent to bed maker Hypnos and bed delivery company Keen & Able, cut its net loss in half in 2019–20, a year it described as challenging but with many sustainable accolades.

February saw Britain's furniture makers complete a 12th straight month of declining year-on-year manufacturing turnover, according to new official figures.

Furniture and furnishing industry failures dropped to a record low in the first quarter of 2021 according to official insolvency filings, we revealed last week. There are only three plausible explanations as to why.

Nobilia, Europe's largest kitchen manufacturer, has recapitalised its U.K. kitchen retail business Kutchenhaus via a seven-figure equity injection.

The biggest challenge for bed manufacturers is not demand, but how to fulfil it and make a profit in the process, according to new data from the National Bed Federation (NBF).

The easing of travel restrictions around the world is helping grease the wheels of Victoria's acquisition strategy, with the flooring conglomerate soon to announce new takeovers.

West Midlands sofa maker back in the black in 2019–20 after adjustments to raw material sourcing yielded margin improvements for the company.

Italian sofa giant Natuzzi is in talks with a large Vietnamese furniture maker that could see it expand its operations in the Asia Pacific region. It follows a similar arrangement made with the owner of the Kuka brand in 2018.

Bed manufacturer Burgess Bedding and pocket spring maker Wolf Components have joined the National Bed Federation (NBF), the trade association has announced.

Upholstery revenue from customers in Europe climbed double-dight last year for the business that once ran U.K. sofa chain Easy Living Furniture.

The number of U.K. furniture, flooring and furnishings companies falling insolvent fell to record lows in the first three months of 2021, despite limited trade because of coronavirus restrictions.

Rochdale manufacturer Penthouse Carpets said trading was steady ahead of the arrival of the pandemic with the final three months of its financial year hit by the first lockdown.

Kent bed manufacturer Sleepeezee has launched a spring price promotion for National Health Service (NHS) staff running throughout April.

Upstream cost pressures continue to create supply chain difficulties according to the managing director of Wade Spring, whose customers include many of the U.K.'s most important sofa manufacturers.

A small mattress business in West Yorkshire has changed its company name following an objection from Belgian bedding and components company Latexco NV.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has launched Associate Supplier Membership, a new category aimed at suppliers of component parts and services to bed manufacturers and retailers.

Fitted furniture vertical Hammonds preserved cash and remained profitable at the EBITDA line as a strong order book helped mitigate the impact of the first U.K. lockdown last year.

The ready-to-assemble cabinet furniture arm of diversified West Yorkshire manufacturing group Decorative Panels found growth in the lead up to the pandemic.

Ashley Ann, the fitted furniture vertical that operates its own showrooms in Scotland and sells to third party dealers in England and Wales, says profits will be smaller but still positive this year.

German bedroom furniture maker Rauch has aligned its product development and marketing functions and hired a new leader to run the merged unit.

North East bed manufacturer Palatine Beds enjoyed positive trading in 2019–20 after it completed the delivery of a large-scale contract.

Direct-to-consumer brand Emma - The Mattress Company has added more bed industry knowhow to its UK. and Ireland sales force as it looks to build a larger wholesale presence on the shop floors of key retailers.

Consumer price inflation for furniture narrowed in February but the pressure on manufacturers continued to rise, according to official data out today.

A busy final quarter helped Stressless owner Ekornes achieve full year sales growth in the U.K. and Ireland last year, reversing earlier declines from the upholstery brand.

A new agreement with U.S. wholesale conglomerate Costco can pave the way for similar partnerships in other world markets, according to recliner maker IMG.

Gomersal mattress, bed and upholstered headboard maker MA Living has has acquired additional business space in nearby Leeds ahead of anticipated growth.

Sweet Dreams says actions to mitigate the impact of reduced consumer confidence as a result of Brexit and the loss of sales to Bensons for Beds have yielded a positive impact. It has also helped it deal with the pandemic, it said.

Mattress and sleep brand Mammoth and the British Athletes Commission (BAC) have extended their long-running partnership for an additional year.

Global furniture production fell sharply last year but the biggest market participants were hit less hard than their smaller contemporaries, according to a new report.

Burnley bed manufacturer Sweet Dreams has appointed Bradley Ravenscroft as its agent for the West Midlands.

Structural cost savings and state support helped fitted furniture vertical John Lewis of Hungerford make inroads into losses in the six months to December 31, 2020.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) is to talk to parents and professionals working with children and young people in the Lincolnshire area as part of an online conference organised by The Sleep Charity.

Clockwork Components, a key supplier of components and accessories to U.K. upholstery and bedding manufacturers, has acquired Motionmex, a longtime distributor of Leggett & Platt recliner mechanisms.

Imports and exports of furniture and flooring fared worse than other goods and commodities in the first month since the end of the Brexit transition, initial Government data shows.

Upholstery shipments fell back in January on weaker figures from both China and Poland, the two largest sources of foreign-made sofas sold in the U.K.

The slog for Belgium's carpet makers continued at the start of 2021 with Britain's biggest trading partner for the category sustaining another sharp fall in the value of product arriving here.

The National Lighting Company, one of Europe's largest suppliers of lighting to the retail market, found improvement last year despite the non-linear nature of trading through the pandemic.

The value of furniture output from U.K. furniture factories fell for the eleventh straight month on an annual basis in January according to official data out this morning.

Tempur Sealy International, the world's largest bedding producer, plans to extend the maturity profile of its long term debt with a new $800 million (£572m) senior notes offering.

Adjusted profits fell high single digits on a near €110 million sales drop for flooring giant Balta last year, with it slipping to a net loss overall after finance costs and non-cash write-downs.

International interior furnishings supplier Sanderson Design Group has relaunched websites for all its individual brands along with refreshing its corporate presence online.

Furniture maker Sherborne Upholstery remained profitable and generated cash last year despite sales falling sharply on the back of Covid-induced factory and customer shutdowns.

A new nylon yarn aimed at residential carpet makers contains 75 percent recycled material and is itself "endlessly recyclable" according to its Belgian proponent.

DFS, already the largest upholstery producer in the country, is mulling further investment in U.K. sofa manufacturing as the pandemic and Brexit have highlighted global supply chain complexities.

Shareholders at Lancashire fitted furniture manufacturer J&J Ormerod (JJO) have decided to sell two thirds of the business to the company's employees, ending a long period of family ownership.

The giants of British upholstery retail are pushing deeper into the growing sofa-in-a-box market segment to compete with emerging challenger brands and entry-level incumbents such as IKEA.

Kent bed maker Sleepeezee has donated £18,000 to The Children's Hospital Charity in Sheffield, part of its commitment to share a cut of all sales from its Jessica mattress.

The West Yorkshire wool supplier that owned heritage carpet maker Axminster until early last year has completed a restructuring process it initiated nearly two years ago to improve its finances.

H.I.G., the U.S. headquartered investment group that bought Britain's biggest bed maker Silentnight a decade ago, has agreed a £25 million settlement with The Pensions Regulator (TPR).

The Furniture Industry Research Association has published a guide to alternative materials and the pressures from specific consumer groups which might accelerate their adoption across the furniture trade.

The just-launched Cloud Sundae is the third upholstery programme from sofa-in-a-box brand Snug and stretches the company's price architecture into a more premium segment underpinned by new patent-pending technology.

Revenue was flat for the second straight year at Manchester based converter of curtain and upholstery fabrics Fryett's, according to new figures for the period leading up to the pandemic.

Lockdowns meant revenue fell in high single-digits for the group behind the Alstons, Ashley Manor and Alexander & James brands last year but high demand outside those periods prompted it to expand its production capability.

Recticel, the Belgian foam conglomerate, has begun plans to offload its dedicated finished bedding manufacturing business following a strategic review.

Brockway Carpets slipped to a loss last year as a result one-off restructuring costs and the end of its financial year being hit by lockdown and customers such as John Lewis halting carpet operations.

Steve Warren has become sole managing director at heritage U.K. bed maker Sleepeezee with Howard Wilson having decided to take the first steps towards retirement after 45 years in the mattress industry.

Almost all U.K. bed manufacturers have already or will soon pass on rising input costs to retailers, according to a new poll by the National Bed Federation (NBF).

A ramp up in customer installations helped national bedroom retailer Sharps to a more than three-fold climb in profits in the final three months of 2020.

The parliamentarian representing one of the bed trade's most industrious areas says the furniture industry needs to take steps to ensure it is not over reliant on E.U. markets.

The CEO of Recticel has pinned rising prices for foam at the door of the chemicals sector, citing numerous force majeure events for creating supply shortages of polyols and isocyanates.

Profits more than doubled for the group behind the motion upholstery and beds brands Ashley Anderson and Willowbrook as revenue continued to rise in the lead up to the pandemic and in the period since.

Flooring manufacturer and wholesaler Victoria has issued £500 million of new bonds, more than 40 percent higher than originally planned after strong investor demand.

A combination of high demand and routine maintenance could reignite foam supply issues according to Europur, the European Association of Flexible Polyurethane Foam Block Manufacturers.

Carpet and vinyl flooring manufacturers and distributors are facing up to supply shortages and cost increases for yarn, PVC and other raw materials with a significant knock-on effect expected for retailers.

History could view the pandemic as the moment that sustainability issues went beyond awareness to actually influencing consumer decision-making, says a company at the vanguard of the circular beds economy.

A 650 basis point improvement in gross margin helped counter the impact of lower revenue at comfort foam supplier Carpenter in the period leading up to the pandemic.

The liquidator and lawyers chasing the former owner of Collins & Hayes for a portion of the seven-figure sum his company received for selling its intellectual property have scored a victory in the battle to recoup funds for creditors.

Carpet and flooring manufacturer and wholesaler Victoria is to refinance with a leverage-neutral bond issue for €350 million.

David Fletcher has joined diversified Wakefield based manufacturer GNG Group as key accounts director for its beds division, including its Komfi brand.

West Yorkshire bed manufacturer Duvalay has strengthened its senior leadership team with appointments that bolster its family-owned and run credentials.

The chairman of Harrison Spinks says the pandemic has accelerated the bed maker's pace of innovation with it having launched a product at "hyper speed" when it was forced to close last March.

Two MPs in furniture manufacturing strongholds will join the heads of Britain's leading industry trade associations for the second episode in the Innovation In Times Of Crisis webinar series.

Rising upstream supply chain costs have reached the consumer, with furniture retail price inflation increasing to its highest level since October 2017.

A rush of imports in the final quarter meant Britain brought more foreign-made mattresses into the U.K. for the seventh year in a row in 2020.

A glut of containers arriving at U.K. ports from China in December meant sofa imports passed all previous record-highs for the second straight month as the industry rushed to get Christmas orders delivered.

The British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) is supporting a series of virtual round table events as it looks to gather industry opinion on the sector's path to a net zero carbon future.

Carpet imports into the U.K. climbed for a second straight month in December but it was a miserable end to the year for Belgian manufacturers, who have suffered more than most through 2020.

Profits climbed sharply at carpet maker Cormar in 2019–20 on the back of wider margins, surging demand following the first lockdown and after annualising non-recurring expenses from the previous year.

The lobby group representing Britain's furniture industry has written to the Chancellor calling for support measures such as the furlough scheme to be extended when the Budget is announced next month.

U.K. furniture manufacturers' output was down by more than a fifth in 2020 after falling in 11 of the 12 months of the year as the industry grappled with the virus and restrictions on trade.

Retail demand returned strongly after the first lockdown last year but the chairman of Ulster Carpets says the future is less certain for contract markets because of the effect of the pandemic on the hospitality sector.

Profits fell at Silentnight last year as the U.K.'s largest bed manufacturer incurred higher costs including one-off legal expenses, a sign that its legacy pension challenges may be reaching a conclusion.

Britain's biggest bed maker Silentnight has confirmed that all bar one of the retail showrooms it has launched in the past three years will not reopen once restrictions are eased.

BFM Fabric Show London is to take place at Twickenham Stadium from June 8–9, 2021, subject to small indoor trade events being permitted at the time.

The Furniture Makers' Company, the trade charity and livery company, has enlisted captains of industry to be panellists on the first of its four webinars launching this month.

The National Bed Federation (NBF) has developed a "bomb-proof" marketing pack to support retailers' efforts to promote sales during National Bed Month in March, irrespective of whether stores are open or closed.

General merchandise retailer Next put more upholstery volume through its own Yorkshire sofa factory in the run up to the pandemic while expanding headcount by 35 percent.

Lectra, a major supplier of machinery, software and consultancy to U.K. and global sofa manufacturers, has agreed to acquire rival Gerber Technologies in a deal worth €300 million.

Historic bed maker Sleepeezee is to issue a legal challenge to a trademark application made by a West Yorkshire rival.

Harvey Roberts has been appointed managing director at upholstery manufacturer and distributor Hydeline Furniture.

Mattress and foam products maker GNG Group has taken delivery of new automated machinery for its beds division in a move that ramps up its production capacity.

Routine factory maintenance in the upstream foam supply chain could lead to further disruption for furniture manufacturers and their retail customers later this year, BFM has warned.

Balta Group, the major Belgian carpet manufacturer and one of the largest suppliers to the U.K. floorcoverings market, plans to refinance its long-term borrowing.

The National Bed Federation (NBF), the trade association representing U.K. bed manufacturers, has announced four key hires to its 12-strong marketing committee.

Cashflow and orders were strong as the group behind custom cabinet maker and retailer Neville Johnson bounced back from the early months of the pandemic.

The Chinese furniture manufacturing conglomerate that bought HTL in 2016 says it will sustain a financial hit after writing down the value of its investment in the leather sofa maker.

Hypnos, the Buckinghamshire based bed maker, has further bolstered its sustainability credentials with The Planet Mark - Carbon Neutral certification.

Upholstery conglomerate Man Wah Holdings successfully raised HK$2.36 billion (£222m) from investors following the planned share placing it had earlier signposted mid-January.

The co-founders of soft seating category leader Bazaar Group have sold a majority stake in the business to Comhar Capital to help fund expansion in the U.K. and mainland Europe.

The company that last summer bought the business and assets of one of the U.K.'s first vertically-integrated direct-to-consumer sofa brands has booked six-figure profits.

Colefax Group, the fabrics and wallpaper company with a big international business, says sales have been more resilient despite the imposition of new restrictions across the U.K. and export markets.

Half-year EBIT trebled as high-end upholstery manufacturer Kingcome Sofas found extra margin in the six months to end October.

One of the executive directors at high-end British furniture and lighting company Established & Sons now owns almost a fifth of the business following a share issue last year.

Manufacturers face short-term challenges but order books are strong and hopes for the future are high, says Nick Garratt, md at trade association BFM.

Furniture makers' price inflation climbed for the sixth straight month at the end of 2020 suggesting fears from within the sector of forceful headwinds ahead are well founded.

GNG Group, the West Yorkshire maker of mattresses and other performance foam products for sectors ranging from sports to healthcare, has promoted Darren Potterton to group managing director.

Sofa maker Tetrad has completed the remodel of its Preston showroom ahead of the launch of a series of new collections.

Furniture maker Ercol (ercol) returned to profit at EBITDA level in 2020 after orders and delivered turnover outperformed levels management were budgeting for during the first lockdown, its chairman said.

Profits at Sanderson Design Group, the luxury interiors manufacturer and wholesaler formerly known as Walker Greenbank, will rise after the company outperformed expectations.

The South Wales carpet manufacturing arm of flooring giant Victoria returned to profit in 2019–20 as it annualised millions of pounds of restructuring costs.

The value of foam and sprung mattress imports into the U.K. slumped in November, arresting a two-month return to growth across the combined categories.



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