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 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 Analysis Chapter

The Metal Furniture Manufacturing industry has been declining since the late 2000s, principally due to its loss of market share to low-cost imports, substitution with non-metal products and the prevalence of electronic storage solutions. However, moderate growth in the commercial and industrial building market has supported domestic demand for metal furniture over the past five years. Over the five years through 2016-17, industry revenue is expected to decline by an annualised 4.0%, to $596.0 million. This includes a forecast 3.2% contraction during the current year, in response to deteriorating demand across the residential building market and relatively subdued demand from the non-residential property markets.


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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 Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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