Carpet imports rose 8.6 per cent in December driven by higher demand for goods made in Belgium, UK customers’ largest supplier.

The Furniture Industry Research Association has named Charles Vernon as chairman. He takes over from Michael Powell, who is stepping down after five years in the role.

The dates for the spring edition of the China International Furniture Fair have been fixed for 18th–21st March in Guangzhou.

Organisers of the IMM Cologne event held in Germany last week have reported rising attendance with early data from this week’s January Furniture Show also positive.

Chinese furniture importsRetailers headed into Christmas with fewer containers of cabinet furniture arriving at their warehouses as shipments from overseas declined.

Furniture brands Ercol, Tetrad and Somnus will be among those representing British industry at IMM Cologne, which opens in the German city this morning (18th Jan, 2016).

QFCUpholstery manufacturer QFC is donating sofas and chairs worth £45,000 to people in Cumbria who have lost all their furniture and belongings after their homes were flooded.

Chinese furniture importsCabinet furniture shipments to the UK declined again at the start of the fourth quarter of 2015, with falls from key trading partners including China.

The 2016 edition of London Fabric will feature an expanded offer for contract and hospitality buyers with a broader range of fabric suppliers participating.

The association of British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM) is supporting a project designed to improve the furniture industry employment prospects for people with disabilities.

Confidence in the market will see many important industry suppliers step up their presence at the January Furniture Show next year.

Chinese furniture importsCase goods imports declined at the end of the third quarter with demand falling across bedroom, living and dining cabinet furniture.

EUsofaManufacturingUpholstery shipments to the UK declined at the end of the third quarter with demand falling steepest from manufacturing partners in Europe.

Belgian and Dutch carpet imports fell sharply in September though there was a rise in the amount of accent flooring brought in from far-off markets.

Luxury furniture manufacturers spanning the mattress and upholstery sectors are targeting independent hoteliers at a key trade event this week.

Mattress and bed base brands Bodyease, Sareer Furniture and Highgate Beds have all signed to exhibit at next year’s January Furniture Show.

The Furniture Industry Research Association has produced a report into the impact of flame retardants as greater numbers of chemicals used in the upholstery sector fall under the remit of the EU Reach regulations.

British furniture manufacturers enjoyed strong sales to France, Ireland and the Netherlands but it wasn’t enough to make up for weak demand further afield.

Chinese furniture importsFalling demand for living, dining and bedroom cabinet merchandise offset growth in upholstery imports at the height of the summer this year.

Members of the National Bed Federation and their guests raised more than £6,000 for industry charity The Furniture Makers’ Company at the NBF Gala Dinner.

Industry leaders including DFS and FIRA are to speak at an event designed to address the potential skills shortage in the British furniture industry.

The seventh South West Furniture Show will take place from 13th–15th September 2016, organisers have confirmed.

Britain’s bed trade will descend on the Telford International Centre this morning as the National Bed Federation’s Bed Show throws open its doors.

Retailers including IKEA and John Lewis have been praised by the Furniture Re-use Network (FRN) in a new report highlighting the industry’s contribution to furniture re-use.

A major Malaysian furniture delegation has joined a raft of new and returning exhibitors to sign to the January Furniture Show, scheduled for 24th–27th January 2016.



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