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.

The next edition of the IMM furniture fair in Cologne looks set to sell out with under a fifth of stand space remaining, according to organiser Koelnmesse.

Furniture and home department store retailer Glasswells has paid tribute to its operations director Robert Hawkins, who died last week following a short illness. He was 72 years old.

A new resource for manufacturers looks at how to incorporate ergononics, health and well-being considerations into the design of home furniture.

Rising demand from core export partners in Europe drove a 9.8 per cent increase in furniture exports from the UK in the second quarter of 2015.

vietnamImportsImports climbed strongly in the second quarter of 2015 as British retailers and wholesalers bought more Polish sofas and Vietnamese dining sets.

Robert Bashford, founder of Chelford Fabrics and former buying director at Debenhams, has died after a long illness. He was 79 years old.

Exhibition space has sold out for next month’s South West Furniture Show, with approaching 50 leading furniture brands to be represented.

Last month’s Manchester Furniture Show featured more visitors and bigger orders, according to event organisers and exhibitors.

The British Contract Furnishing Association (BCFA) has appointed Jeremy Stein as its new managing director.

Consumer confidence has risen to its highest level in nearly a decade, according to global research consultancy Nielsen.

Beds and components group Harrison Spinks was the top ranked home industry company in a list of the top 200 privately-owned UK exporters.

vietnamImportsFurniture imports rose 5.1 per cent in May thanks to demand from UK buyers for Vietnamese cabinet and Polish upholstery.

The number of buyers pre-registering to attend the Manchester Furniture Show is up on last year, with greater interest from visitors in the South of England.

Retailer ScS is raising funds for children’s literacy charity Springboard for Children by selling bookmark designs created by two school children.

The BFC has lauded the work of Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland, saying he has done more than any other politician to champion the industry over the past half decade.

Sentiment among furniture manufacturers remains positive despite lower-than-hoped-for output and order levels, according to trade association BFM.

The organisers of the January Furniture Show are to expand the available space to exhibitors in Hall 5 of the NEC following demand and market confidence.

Collins and Hayes md Matt O’Flynn has been confirmed as the new chairman of the Association of British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM).

excelExhibitions company UBM EMEA Built Environment says it plans to focus on niche events and has closed its May Design Series show.

Furniture firms placed big orders beefing up production last year, to be the benefit of one of Europe’s largest machinery manufacturers.



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