Higher sales and overhead management weren't enough to prevent Yorkshire kitchen, bedroom and bathroom cabinet maker Ellis Furniture slipping to a loss last year.

West Yorkshire furniture manufacturer Strachan — maker of high-end fitted bedrooms, home offices and dressing rooms — matched year-earlier trade in 2017–18 but profits fell on higher costs.

From left: Richard Newman (regional debt financing at HSBC), Mark Jones (partner of Jasmin Advisory LLP, who advised Hammonds), Mark Hammonds (group director at Hammonds), Richard Hammonds (group CEO at Hammonds) and Graham Mold (head of growth capital at Frontier Development Capital)
Hammonds Furniture chairman Richard Hammonds has become group CEO after leading a long-planned management buyout at the £85 million turnover fitted furniture vertical.

Creditors of kitchen furniture maker Richmond Cabinet Company will take a hefty haircut on outstanding debts unless KPMG can procure a substantial bid for the company or its assets.

Wellemöbel, the one-time €100 million turnover bedroom furniture maker with a rich history of supplying the British retail market, is on the brink of permanent closure if new investment is not found soon.

Retail giant Wren Kitchens, which makes its own products out of vast factories across Lincolnshire and Yorkshire, has become an approved member of BFM, the British Furniture Manufacturers association.

Case goods manufacturer Forte Furniture says it expects to post lower profits for the second straight year, despite modest sales growth in 2018.

The future of longtime kitchen furniture maker Richmond Cabinet Company is uncertain after the company was placed into administration before Christmas. A newco has been granted a licence to complete orders.

Kitchen maker Uform has become the latest beneficiary of the prolific bank-backed investor BGF, which has bought a minority stake in the Northern Ireland based company.

Forte, one of Europe's largest makers of ready-to-assemble furniture, recorded lower revenue in the third quarter despite higher sales in Western and Northern Europe and in its domestic market.

Yorkshire retailer ceased trading this summer.

The private-equity backed furniture group behind brands including Spaceslide wardrobes and Optiplan Kitchens has re-engineered its cost base after registering a bigger loss last year.

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Imports fell from Vietnam, China and Poland
The value of imports of key cabinet categories from all three of the UK's main trading partners — China, Vietnam and Poland — all declined in the first six months of 2018.

Shipments from China fell 21 percent year-on-year
Imports of wood living, dining and bedroom cabinet declined in May with across-the-board falls from leading Asia supply routes.

Nobia, the Swedish kitchens conglomerate whose UK interests include the retail chain Magnet, has agreed to buy Dutch manufacturer Bribus Holding for €60 million.

Rivelin md Robert Smith (left) with MGM chairman Ben Burbidge at a ceremony at the company’s facility in Rotherham, South Yorkshire on Thursday, June 28.
Rivelin, a high-end outdoor furniture maker, has been awarded the Manufacturing Guild Mark from The Furniture Makers’ Company following an independent audit.

Imports of living, dining and bedroom cabinet fell sharply in April as all six of the UK's top trading partners shipped fewer goods here.

Kitchen cabinet maker Burbidge posted higher sales in 2016–17, citing an increase in demand for British-made goods linked to the EU referendum.

Hull cabinet maker Kingstown Furniture has joined trade association BFM as an 'Approved Member.'

Chinese wood furniture imports climbed in March to leave first quarter bedroom, living and dining from the country fractionally below the same period in 2017.

Sales fell for the first time in five years for fitted furniture maker Strachan in 2016–17 with the direct-to-the-consumer vertical planning showroom expansion this year.

A rise in the value of Vietnam-sourced shipments powered wood bedroom, living and dining furniture in January.

Hettich, one of the biggest suppliers of interior fittings and components to furniture makers worldwide, posted rising sales in 2017 but warned of a sharp rise in its own costs.

East London cabinet maker One-Call Furniture says a major machinery investment has paid dividends with successive double-digit growth. It has further capital outlay planned.

Tvilum has been rescued by a consortium of investors
Embattled flatpack furniture maker Tvilum has been rescued in a deal that consolidates the ownership of Denmark's case goods manufacturing sector.

The founding CEO of Jonathan Charles says he is "humbled" at Markor's interest in his business, after the Chinese giant acquired a 60 percent stake in the Vietnam based case goods resource.

Staff at the Danish factories of embattled flatpack furniture maker Tvilum will remain off work for a fortnight, according to the court-appointed lawyer trying to broker a rescue deal.

Flatpack furniture kit maker Tvilum faces survival battle
Tvilum, one of the largest ready-to-assemble furniture makers in the world, filed for insolvency over the weekend with court-appointed lawyers now trying to find a buyer or engineer a restructure.

Nobia, the Swedish kitchens conglomerate and owner of UK retail chain Magnet, has named Hans Eckerström as its new chairman.

Kitchens, bedroom and bathroom cabinet maker Kelvin KBB built EBITDA on a seventh straight rise in sales in the year to end December 2016.

Ready-to-assemble furniture maker CS Schmalmöbel has opened insolvency proceedings less than eighteen months after it was bought by venture capitalists.

KITCHEN cabinet maker Ultima Furniture Systems has acquired a 44,000sqft. warehouse and distribution facility at South Elmsall, Yorkshire.

NORTH West fitted furniture vertical Neville Johnson continued to expand in 2016–17 with revenue, including its sister kitchens business, passing £50 million for the first time.

WETHERBY cabinet maker Moores Furniture Group posted lower sales in 2016 as it enacted its plan to exit low-margin business.

DINING furniture maker Skovby has named former Devonshire Pine & Oak sales manager Anthony Lewer as national sales representative.

NATIONAL kitchens maker and retailer Harvey Jones has a new backer after private equity firm YFM agreed to sell its stake in the company.

DESIGN show Decorex will see the relaunch of the upmarket furniture brand Jan Cavelle for the first time under its new owner.

SECOND quarter UK cabinet sales weakened on macro-economic factors according to the parent company of kitchen maker Moores Furniture.

THE GROUP behind bedroom cabinet maker Home Décor trebled underlying profits in 2016 as revenue jumped to nearly £40 million including acquisitions.

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