Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
The Window Coverings Manufacturing industry principally produces curtains, blinds, shutters and awnings. Much of the industry's output involves bespoke products that are made-to-measure or altered to meet client specifications.
The industry's performance has been profoundly affected by its exposure to fierce import competition, particularly from low-cost producers in Asia. Domestic demand for window coverings is projected to grow by an annualised 1.6% over the five years through 2015-16, to reach $1.1 billion. This rise has been supported by subdued demand growth from building construction and increasing household discretionary income. However, much of this domestic demand growth has been captured by the increase in import penetration... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter
Operating conditions have been fragile for the Window Coverings Manufacturing industry over the past five years. The industry was rattled by the fluctuation in building activity, erratic consumer sentiment and an increase in import competition over the period. Industry revenue is estimated to decline marginally by an annualised 0.2% over the five years through 2015-16, to total $725.0 million. The expected scaling back of investment in new residential building construction over 2015-16 is anticipated to result in a revenue decline of 2.5%. This fall comes despite the improving competitiveness of the local industry with the depreciation of the Australian dollar... purchase to read more