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Carpet & Rug Manufacturing in the UK - Industry Market Research Report

United Kingdom rug manufacturing market: £996 million industry by 2019

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The United Kingdom carpet manufacturing market and rug manufacturing industry is a major user of domestically produced wool, which benefits upstream farmers and other industries. However, despite access to a major raw material supply and a strong tradition of carpet manufacturing in the United Kingdom, the industry has declined steadily for nearly two decades, due to weak demand and factory closures. However, carpet has remained popular due to its comfort level, aesthetic appearance and insulation characteristics. Carpet tiles are becoming increasingly popular in commercial buildings due to their hard-wearing nature and the ease of replacing damaged or soiled tiles.

In the five years through 2013-14, industry revenue is estimated to decline by an annualised 2.3% to £913.8 million, including a 1.9%



increase forecast for the current year as industry consolidation contributes to improved efficiency and margins. Industry revenue slumped in the first two years of the period, but returned to growth in 2011-12. It has risen steadily since, albeit very gradually.

The UK recession had a major effect on the industry, as housing and commercial building levels crashed and people delayed renovation projects that required carpet products. Competition from substitute floor coverings, such as wood and vinyl, has contributed to falls in recent years. Changes in consumer trends can affect demand for carpet and other flooring products to the detriment of the industry´s manufacturers.

Niche markets for carpet tiles and bespoke carpets are expected to contribute to industry growth in future years, as will a return to economic growth and higher levels of building activity. Revenue is projected to rise further over the five years through 2018-19. Overall, industry revenue is forecast to increase by an annualised 1.7% over the five-year period and reach £996.3 million.

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