Towards Orgatec: German furniture industry

During the press release for Imm Cologne 2007, Dirk-Uwe Klaas, general manager of the German Furniture Industry Association, analysed the sector situation in Germany which in 2005 achieved 17.2 billion euros turnover with 105,000 operators in 1,125 companies.

German furniture market is the most important in Europe: each year household market registers in average 500 euros expenditure per person, 360 of which for furniture. The growth in 2005 turnover compared with the precedent year was +1.9%; the positive trend was confirmed in the first semester of 2006 with +7.7% compared with the same period of last year.

The strong foreign demand has helped the positive development of the German office furniture industry achieving a growth ratio in the first quarter 2006 of + 14.1%. The foreign trade gap registered a slow down: surplus in imports is -15.2%. In the whole 64% of furniture export is towards EU Countries , a market where new member Countries are becoming increasingly important.

Germany. 2000- 2006 foreign furniture trade
Data in millions euro
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
(expect.)
Exports
4.835
5.173
5.224
5.241
5.265
5.574
5.903
Imports
6.805
7.007
6.838
7.124
6.722
6.809
7.490


Germany. Foreign furniture trade: 2005 exports
Data in millions euro

Product range
Exports
Var. % 2005/2004
Chairs
1.908
-3,9
Office and shop furniture
439
19,6
Kitchen furniture
972
18,5
Other furniture
2.082
7,4
Mattresses
173
11,6
Furniture
5.574
5,9


Germany. Foreign furniture trade: 2005 imports
Data in millions euro
Product range
Imports
Var. % 2005/2004
Chairs
3.632
-0,3
Office and shop furniture
177
-4,8
Kitchen furniture
81
2,7
Other furniture
2.746
2,7
Mattresses
172
22,2
Furniture
6.809
1,3


Germany. Foreign furniture trade: exports 1 st quarter 2006
Data in millions euro

Country
1st quarter
2006
Variations in percentage
1 st quarter
2005
The Nederland
195,9
9,5
178,9
Switzerland
144,9
2,6
141,3
Austria
132,4
11,5
118,7
France
127,2
23,3
103,1
Belgium
104,5
11,5
93,7
Great Britain
95,3
3,5
92,1
Spain
53,1
20,8
43,9
Italy
51,4
41,3
36,4
Czech Republic
47,3
44,0
32,9
Usa
44,1
-3,5
45,6
Exports
1.328,3
15,4
1.150,9


Germany. Foreign furniture trade: exports 1 st quarter 2006
Data in millions euro

Country
1° trimestre
2006
Variazioni in percentuale
1° trimestre
2005
Poland
451,4
28,8
350,5
Italy
188,6
4,3
180,9
China
146,2
33,3
109,7
Austria
122,4
85,0
66,1
Czech Republic
121,9
32,9
91,7
Slovenia
89,7
19,8
74,9
Hungary
80,0
25,0
64,0
South Africa Republic
69,1
8,5
63,7
Denmark
67,3
2,3
65,8
Switzerland
53,5
0,6
53,2
Imports
1.865,2
20,0
1.554,2

(Source: Federal Statistic Body and German Furniture Industry Association, September).

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