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Woodworking Network Wood Industry Almanac 2016
The wood components industry continues its steady sales growth, with North American manufacturers’ optimism in tandem with the improving construction, housing and remodeling markets.
Window and door demand is expected to grow worldwide, rising an average of 5.9% annually through 2019, to $233 billion.
Higher disposable income levels and rising consumer confidence bode well for the estimated $17 billion retail environments sector, according to IBISWorld.
New residential furniture orders remaining ahead of last year’s figures, with increases in 25 out of the past 26 months, according to the November issue of Furniture Insights.
Pallet use in the U.S. is forecast to increase 1.9% annually through 2019 to 2.6 billion units, says The Freedonia Group.
Overall flooring sales grew 6% last year, to $21.83 billion, with the hardwood market accounting for $3.35 billion and laminate flooring $935 million, according to Catalina Research.
The U.S. office furniture industry is expected to grow 4.0% to $10.2 billion, and to hit $10.4 billion in 2016, according to the latest industry projections from IHS Global Insight/Business & Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Assn.
Demand for home organization products in the U.S. is projected to increase 3.5% per year through 2019 to $10.5 billion.
Global demand for cabinets is projected to grow 5.5% annually, reaching $64.4 billion in 2018.