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Furniture

is the mass noun for the movable objects which may support the human body (seating furniture and beds ), provide storage, or hold objects on horizontal surfaces above the ground. Storage furniture (which often makes use of doors, drawers, and shelves) is used to hold or contain smaller objects such as clothes, tools, books, and household goods. (See List of furniture types .)

Furniture can be a product of artistic design and is considered a form of decorative art. In addition to furniture's functional role, it can serve a symbolic or religious purpose. Domestic furniture works to create, in conjunction with furnishings such as clocks and lighting, comfortable and convenient interior spaces. Furniture can be made from many materials, including metal, plastic, and wood.

Furniture Asian History

Asian furniture has a quite distinct history. The traditions out of China , India , and Korea, Mongolia, and the countries of South East Asia have unique facets of their own.

Chinese furniture is traditionally better known for more ornate pieces. The use of uncarved wood and bamboo and the use of heavy lacquers are well known Chinese styles. It is worth noting that China has an incredibly rich and diverse history, and architecture, religion, furniture and culture in general can vary widely from one dynasty to the next.

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Chinese furniture

Fast growing furniture imports from China have become a controversial topic within the U.S. forest products and furniture industries. This article profiles the recent development of the Chinese furniture industry, in terms of production, market development, and wood imports. Data were collected from both the Chinese and U.S. official sources, combined with in-country field investigations.


Furniture Industry Demographics



The Chinese furniture industry consists of around 50,000 companies and 5 million employees (CNFA 2003). Most of these companies are small- to medium-sized operations with annual sales less than $36 million ($U.S.) (or CNY [yen]300 million) (Hu 2003); large-sized companies only account for 3 percent of the total industry (Ratnasingam 2004). In terms of ownership, at least 90 percent of Chinese furniture companies are not state owned; there is a diversified range of ownership types, including foreign owned, domestic Chinese privately owned, stock-holding companies, as well as various joint ventures (Xu 2004a).

The Chinese furniture industry is mainly distributed in four regions from south to north along the east coastline, with the south by far the busiest region (Fig. 1). Together, the four regions contributed 90 percent of the industry's total shipments and more than 80 percent of export shipments in 2003 (CNFA 2004).

Guangdong and Fujian, the top two furniture-producing regions in the south, combine to make up over half of total production and exports in terms of value of shipments. Boasting 6,000 furniture companies, Guangdong alone claims more than 35 percent of the furniture industry's total shipments and 50 percent of total export shipments each year. Guangdong's Pearl River delta is in close proximity to one of the world's largest container ports: Hong Kong. It hosts heavy concentrations of furniture manufacturing and supplying industries and has become the industry's most important production and export region. The neighboring Fujian Province accounts for almost a quarter of the country's total furniture shipments and 8 percent of total exports in terms of value of shipments (CNFA 2004).

Zhejiang Province borders the largest Chinese market: Shanghai. It is the center for furniture manufacturing and distribution in East China, contributing 16 percent of the industry's total value of shipments and 10 percent of export sales in 2003 (CNFA 2004). The region boasts a centuries-long furniture-making history with spontaneously developed industrial concentrations of family workshops. Four government-supported industrial parks as large as 1,530 acres have been planned to host expanded capacities and production shifts for both domestic and overseas companies (CNFA 2003).


Global Development and Competitiveness



China is the third largest furniture-producing country in the world, accounting for 9 percent of total value of shipments (Fig. 2), and ranks second behind Italy with respect to export shipment value (Fig. 3) (CSIL 2003). Since the mid-1990s, the furniture industry in China has experienced steady and fast growth with annual gross output more than doubling from $9.5 billion in 1997 to $25 billion in 2003, or 17 percent average annual growth. Exported furniture shipments from China increased 560 percent over the same period, or 33 percent annually, reaching $7.3 billion in 2003 from 1.3 billion in 1997 (CNFA 2003) (Fig. 4). During 1997-2003, the domestic Chinese market consumed more than 70 percent of the furniture industry's gross output and grew an average of 14 percent every year, and exports increased by 560 percent over the 6-year period. The development of the Chinese furniture industry has far exceeded the country's average industry growth rate (10%), as well as China's growth rate in gross domestic product (7% to 9%) during the same period. It is worthwhile to note that from 2002 to 2003, the industry achieved its highest growth in 10 years in terms of value of shipments, with an increase of 24 percent in total shipment value and 35 percent in exports, despite the impact of the SARS epidemic (CNFA 2003, 2004). Wood furniture products represent the largest category exported, accounting for 39 percent of total export value of shipments. This is followed by metal furniture (13%) and furniture parts/components (5%) (CNFA 2004) (Fig. 5).

Most Chinese furniture products sold in export markets are lower priced compared to locally made products. Chinese products are increasingly targeted toward middle- to high-end markets and compete directly with local manufacturers. Houston (2003) compared wholesale prices of imported Chinese wood household furniture with domestically made products selling in the U.S. market and found that the Chinese products were priced 10 to 40 percent lower (Fig. 6). Lower Chinese labor costs (5% to 10% of U.S. wages) are generally considered to be the major contributor to price advantages. Another key contributor to the Chinese manufacturers' competitiveness is lower operational costs, which are the result of frugal manufacturing approaches and active adoption of automation. According to Bryson et al. (2003), the U.S. overhead (the overall manufacturing costs minus labor and raw material costs) was found to represent more than 30 percent of total revenue, compared with 10 percent within China. Chinese furniture companies generally face fewer environmental restrictions and spend less for health care benefits than their U.S. counterparts (The Economist 2004), which might also contribute to their competitive advantage. It is possible that in the future U.S. consumers might choose to reject Chinese products because of these issues, but that kind of shift in consumer demand has not been documented thus far in the furniture arena.

After two decades of fast development, the Chinese furniture industry will continue to grow into the next decade, boosted by a large and pent-up domestic market. However, the upward momentum will likely be suppressed by limited raw material supplies and increasing competition from other countries (as a result of China's new WTO membership). Chinese furniture companies are seeking new strengths through innovation activities as they face increasing challenges.

Author: Cao, Xiaozhi ; Hansen, Eric N. ; Xu, Meiqi ; Xu, Boming

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