Chinese furniture importsRising Chinese upholstery shipments powered a double-digit climb in sofa imports into the UK during February according to new Government data.

Exhibition space at the Manchester Furniture Show is selling out faster than in previous years organisers say, with the Main Hall already fully occupied.

Organisers have confirmed the dates and venue for the London Fabric 2017 edition and outlined plans to expand the event.

The British Furniture Confederation (BFC) has named Jonathan Hindle as its new chairman, replacing Paul von der Heyde who is stepping down after four years in the role.

Participation in The London Fabric Show ramped up this year underscoring positive sentiment in Britain’s upholstery industry.

Foreign buyers attended in greater numbers at the Stockholm Furniture & Light exhibition, which took place in the Swedish capital earlier this month (9–13 Feb.2016).

Furniture logistics specialist Andrew Porter has announced two new management hires as part of a restructure designed to make the business more customer focused.

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.