BIFMA: Office furniture still in slump
The Business and Institutional Furniture
Manufacturer’s Association is forecasting a
continued slowdown for the office furniture
Orders and shipments of office furniture
for the first quarter of 2009 came in below
expectations, according to the association,
which recently refined its forecast model
to better reflect the image of some of the
model’s drivers and improve accuracy.
The domestic market should improve as
2009 progresses, but recovery for the rest of
the world will be slower.
After falling sharply in 2009, BIFMA expects U.S. office furniture demand
to increase in 2010.
BIFMA projections as of late May:
to serve as
$8.0 billion, a decrease of 28. 6 percent
$9.4 billion, a decrease of 27. 4 percent
$8.2 billion, an increase of 2. 8 percent
$9.8 billion, an increase of 3. 9 percent
U.S. demand for
coatings to rise
OFS Brands develops
new finishing system
The Wood Protection Coatings and Preservatives study has
forecast that a housing sector
recovery in the U.S. will raise
the demand for wood protection
coatings and preservatives by 2. 2
percent every year until 2013,
touching the $3 billion mark, a
press release stated.
The study, conducted
by Freedonia Group Inc., predicts
increased demand for higher value
items, pressure-treated lumber
production and residential repair.
However, the key wood siding
market will continue to stay weak,
The best gains will be seen in
interior wood applications, such
as flooring and cabinets. Suppliers are expected to develop
more environmentally friendly
product lines that feature more
colors, improved efficiency and
enhanced durability. In exterior
applications, wood will continue
to suffer losses to competitive
materials, especially in siding.
However, the demand for maintenance coatings will persist.
OFS Brands is launching a new finishing system called
Euroluxe, a chemically re-engineered urethane clear coat,
designed to preserve depth and clarity of finishes and allow
for better performance with chemical, heat and scratch
LEED indoor air quality and BIFMA furniture emission
standards also have been met, enabling the company to
Greenguard certify all products.
For more information, contact Chris Rogers at
800.521.5381 ext. 7213.
Rev-A-Shelf hired Kurt
A. Johnson as
its OEM sales
manager for the
U.S. and Canada.
may be fined by
Biesse recently launched its North America operations
of Diamut in the U.S. and
Canada. Diamut produces
high-tech diamond tooling used
in the working of stone and
glass and in the construction
trades, and it was acquired by
Biesse in 2002.
For more information, call
877.934.2688 or e-mail sales@
Diamut tools are available
from the company’s distributors
and from its base in Charlotte,
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently cited Ameriwood
Industries Inc. for allegedly not
meeting federal workplace
safety standards, according to
the Toledo Blade.
OSHA is proposing the
maker be fined $108,700.
The citation focuses on the lack
of protection for workers from
wood dust explosions. The
factory’s duct work does not
provide spark detention/spark
Norman Fink will
lead the Trakware