Losing its shine: Low-cost imports and substitute products have reduced revenue

IBISWorld’s Metal Furniture Manufacturing market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Imports have captured a greater share of domestic demand, at the expense of local manufacturers
  • Profit margins have tightened due to the intense competition from imported furniture and substitute products
  • The increasing popularity of online shopping is forecast to support demand for warehousing shelves

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Metal Furniture Manufacturing industry sells metal furniture for various applications, such as storage in offices and other business premises, for specialist institutional applications in hospitals, and for schools. The industry's performance has steadily deteriorated since the late 2000s, as low-cost imports have won market share from industry firms, non-metal furnishings have substituted industry products and digital technologies for electronic storage of information have grown in popularity. The industry has contracted sharply over the past five years, despite solid domestic demand growth. Imports have captured a greater share of domestic demand at the expense of local manufacturers, surging from less than 25% in the mid-2000s to an estimated 61.6% in 2016-17...

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    Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    The industry is in the declining phase of its life cycle. The demand for metal furniture products is largely determined by trends in domestic business investment and activity in the non-residential building market. However, the industry is exposed to substantial competition from low-priced imports and ongoing substitution by alternative products made of PVC and composites.

    Industry value added (IVA), which is indicative of the industry’s contribution to the overall economy, is forecast to decline by an annualised 3.5% over the 10 years through 2021-22. The industry is shrinking as a share of the overall economy as IVA is declining over the long term while Australia’s GDP growth is projected to climb by an annualised 2.6% over the 10 year-period. The..

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    Additional Insights for the Metal Furniture Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Metal Furniture Manufacturing Industry are

  • Automation to reduce costs
  • Access to the latest and most efficient technology
  • Downstream ownership links
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from commercial and industrial building construction and Demand from institutional building construction in the Metal Furniture Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Metal Furniture Manufacturing Industry?

    Companies in the industry manufacture furniture, storage structures, shelving or parts of furniture predominantly from metal, including sheet metal, tubular metal or other forms of metal.

    Industry Products
    Office and general business furniture
    Large-scale complex storage systems
    Specialist institutional furniture
    Domestic metal furniture
    Industry Activities
    Metal cabinet
    Metal compactus
    Metal disassembled furniture
    Metal filing cabinet
    Metal furniture fittings
    Metal furniture part
    Other metal furniture
    Metal screen partition
    Metal shelving

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from commercial and industrial building construction
  • Demand from institutional building construction
  • Demand from residential building construction
  • Real household discretionary income
  • Trade-weighted index

  • Current Performance
  • Import penetration
  • Key building trends
  • Profitability squeezed
  • Competition from substitutes
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Import penetration
  • Key building trends
  • Profitability squeezed
  • Table: Metal Furniture Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Metal Furniture Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Wholesale Trade
  • Education and Training
  • Consumer Goods Retailing
  • Finance
  • Professional Services

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Iron Smelting and Steel Manufacturing
  • Paint and Coatings Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Office and general business furniture
  • Large-scale complex storage systems
  • Specialist institutional furniture
  • Domestic metal furniture
  • Chart: Metal Furniture Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Commercial customers
  • Retail (household) customers
  • Institutional customers
  • Industrial customers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Metal Furniture Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Metal Furniture Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Metal Furniture Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Metal Furniture Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Metal Furniture Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
  • Custom made or manufactured to the customer's specifications.
  • Cnc
  • Computer numeric control, used with routers and cutters to produce a product from CAD-CAM technology.
  • Commercial Furnishings
  • Furniture products that are principally used for commercial or business purposes. These include desks, partitions, storage units, and shelving systems.
  • Occasional Furniture
  • Furniture products not specifically allocated a room or function. This includes coffee and side tables, buffet cabinets and entertainment units.
  • Sheet Metal
  • A sheet of metal formed into a thin plate. Can vary significantly in thickness from foil or leaf, through to plate thicker than 6 millimetres.
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