Wood and Laminate Floorcoverings Market Report – UK 2013-2017 Analysis

AMA Research
September 12, 2013
81 Pages - SKU: AJLA5121819
Countries covered: United Kingdom

Wood and Laminate Floorcoverings Market Report – UK 2013-2017 Analysis

AMA Research are pleased to announce the publication of the 7th Edition of the report “Wood and Laminate Floorcoverings Market Report – UK 2013-2017 Analysis”. The report provides an informed and up to date assessment of the market, and focuses on the three primary sectors of solid wood, engineered wood and laminates.

The report contains:

Brief overview of the total floorcoverings market – including carpet, vinyl, wood, ceramics and other floorcoverings.
Detailed assessment of the wood flooring market - including solid & engineered woods, laminates and flooring accessories etc - total UK market size, trends, product mix, factors influencing growth, future prospects.
Application Mix – domestic and contract market trends, growth sectors, future prospects.
Key Suppliers & Distribution Mix – analysis of key suppliers with a review of market share and changes in the distribution mix.

The rapid growth of the wood floorcoverings market between the mid 1990’s and 2007 was primarily focused on the success of the laminates sector. However, indications are that laminate sales in the UK have now passed their peak, with solid and engineered woods continuing to gain share even though the total market has experienced difficult trading conditions since 2008. This new 7th edition of the report assesses the current situation with forecasts of market developments over the short-medium term future.

Areas of particular interest:

Comparison of market performance between wood and other floorcoverings in 2010-2012 – historic trends since 2000.
Variable market performance in domestic and contract sectors.
Switch to higher specification products in middle and upper market sectors – share mix between solid, engineered wood, laminates.
Changing commitment of some suppliers to laminate sector.
Trends in total wood flooring market with forecasts by each product sector to 2017.

Companies included:

Arnold Laver, Atkinson & Kirby, Balterio, Bauwerk Boen Group, Beach Bros, Beaulieu International Group (BIG), BHK Flooring, Birch Distribution, British Hardwoods, Carpetright, Carpets & Flooring, CF Anderson Timber Products, Egger UK, Finsa UK, Fired Earth, Flanagan Flooring Distributors, Floors-2-Go Group, Fludes, Hamberger, Harlow Bros, Havwoods, Headlam Group, Hoebeek UK, Hørning, Howarth Timber, IKEA, International Decorative Surfaces (IDS), Jordan Andrews, Junckers, Kährs, Kent Flooring Supplies, Kenton Floors, Kronospan Ltd, Lathams, Lionvest Trading, McMillan Flooring, Natural Wood Floor Co, Panaget, Pennine Flooring Supplies, Pergo, Plasman, Rovers Flooring, Sonae Industria, STS Flooring, Supertex, Tarkett Group, Ted Todd, The Natural Floor Company, Timberpride, Timbmet Group, Topps Tiles, Tradewoods, Tuscanflooring, Unilin, United Carpets Group, Victorian Woodworks, Volunta Parket, Westco.

Key areas covered in the report include:

OVERVIEW OF TOTAL FLOORCOVERINGS MARKET


Overview of UK floorcoverings market – market size from 2000-12 for all products, sales mix for carpets, vinyl, wood, ceramic tiles and others, key factors influencing trends, future prospects, etc.
Review of changing product mix – growth/declining sectors, shares by product in 2008-12.

REVIEW OF WOOD FLOORCOVERINGS MARKET

Comprehensive review of wood floorcoverings market – market size 2007-17, key trends within sectors, product mix, comparison with other floorcoverings, future prospects to 2017.
Product sectors – solid wood, engineered wood and laminates – sector shares in 2012, recent changes in mix (comparisons with 2002/06/12, trend towards higher quality, forecasts by product from 2013-17.
Key characteristics of market – pricing, availability, product awareness and target consumers, accessories, changing design trends etc.
Role of international trade and growth of imports from Far East – trends from 2007-12.
Domestic and contract end-use sectors for total wood floorcoverings market – share by value, share by DIY/new housing/professional installations, Key end-use sectors (share by Commercial Retail, Leisure etc.), etc. Contract wood flooring market 2007-13.
Outlook for the overall industry, prospects for wood in relation to other floorcoverings, short term prospects in 2013- 14, and longer term forecasts up to 2017, key factors influencing market recovery.

SUPPLY AND DISTRIBUTION STRUCTURES

Review of leading suppliers in the wood floorcoverings market, including manufacturers, importers, distributors and wholesalers.
Analysis of market share of leading suppliers in UK market, company information, market positioning, changes to supply structure, level/source of imports etc.
Structure of distribution channels for supply of wood floorcoverings – domestic and contract supply.
Distribution share for major channels – DIY Multiples, Floorcovering Multiples, Independents, Online, Builders Merchants, Dept. / Variety Stores, Catalogue etc - review of major organisations within each channel, changes in distribution in recent years.

FUTURE PROSPECTS/KEY INFLUENCES

Key influences on the wood/laminate floorcoverings market, factors affecting volume and value performance. Future prospects for the contract and domestic sectors.
Review of key external factors influencing market – economic prospects, housing and construction, stock of dwellings, interest rates & inflation, etc.


Additional Information

In 2012 the wood flooring sector (solid wood, engineered wood and laminates), accounted for an estimated 16% value share of the total UK floorcoverings sector, estimated to be worth some £1.7 billion. Market value has risen marginally since the low of £281 million in 2011 however, it is still 26% lower than the peak of £385 million achieved in 2007.

Laminates, one of the most popular products in the DIY flooring sector, have seen a shift in focus from cut-price, bargain-basement products to still cost- effective but higher-quality products, and this has helped to offset some of the decline in DIY activity in recent years.

There are indications that the laminate market has now ‘stabilised’, with suppliers reporting a rise in sales for the first time in many years. In terms of value, laminate flooring accounts for an estimated 58% of the total wood floorcoverings mix, and the sector was worth around £166 million in 2012. This after a fall of 30% in value terms 2007-2011.

Solid and engineered woods, which outperformed laminate 2004-2011, also saw a more moderate rate of decline during and immediately post-recession – a fall of 16% 2007-2011. The market returned to growth in 2012, when it was worth an estimated £104 million. The performance of the solid and engineered woods market has been less volatile than the laminates market, partly due to the fact that this type of wood flooring has historically been popular in the mid to upper sectors of the market.

The market for accessories remained flat 2011-12 after experiencing double annual rates of decline 2007-2011 – albeit from a much lower base than either laminate or solid/engineered wood.

Imports dominate the UK wood floorcoverings market, with the value of imports reaching a seven-year peak in 2010, before falling again 2011-12. China remains the key source country, accounting for over half (53%) of imports, in value terms, in 2012.

The contract market for wood floorcoverings, which accounts for around 44% of the end-use application mix and has been less volatile than the domestic sector since the start of the downturn, recovered in 2012, and was estimated to be worth around £124 million. The domestic sector accounts for an estimated 56 value share of the total wood floorcoverings market, was thought to be worth £160 million in 2012.

In the short-medium term, growth which is heavily reliant on a recovery in the housing sector is likely to remain constrained, with market value rising by just 1% in 2013 to reach £286 million. Recovery for key commercial sectors is likely to be moderate, at best, into the short-medium term and will, to some extent, be offset by lower demand from key public sectors. Forecasts are that demand from the domestic sector will be positively influenced by a return to growth in the housing market, partly reflecting government incentives aimed at stimulating home buying and housing output.

The overall market is currently forecast to experience only 1-2% annual rates of growth between 2013-2016 when value is expected to reach around £305 million - still 21% below the pre-recession peak of £385 million recorded for 2007.

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