furniture exports represent an important part of the
country’s economy; in 2000, the furniture exports’
total value was of about $1 million.
furniture industry brings a significant amount of
foreign currency for this country and more, it
offers jobs to a very big number of people.
industry of furniture remains one of the most
powerful from the Asia area do the modern and
innovative styling, superior
quality of the production and the flexibility of the
During the time,
the Thai furniture industry started to successfully use
substitutes like the parawood, which is a processed wood
obtained from the old rubber trees.
Thailand has large rubber trees plantations, the
country being a huge rubber producer, the parawood’s
supply is practically without limits.
statistics of DIW (the Department of Industrial
Works) shows that in the Thailand furniture industry
are about 8.237 manufacturers,the
majority being small entrepreneurs with sources of
raw material close to them. 201.996 people are
employed and 60.466 million Baht is the capital
invested in this industry. About
1.446 are micro manufacturers, 257 are medium
manufacturers, 758 are small manufacturers and the
large manufacturers are in number of 27.
large and the medium factories are the potential
exporters, this representing 11.5% (284) of the
There are five
groups of furniture (as well as parts) based on the raw
materials: rattan furniture, wooden furniture, plastic
furniture, leather furniture and metal furniture. The top 10
countries where Thailand exports furniture are industrial,
developed countries, so no wonder that the Thai furniture is
seen as a luxury item. More, the domestic market is smaller
than the export market, when it comes to furniture and parts
wood is the most used for the furniture that has as
destination the domestic market and this is because
the parawood’s white colour is not very popular
among the local buyers. Japan is the country that
imports most of the Thai furniture; 38.6% of the
market’s total export goes to this country’s market.
$216.8 million were invested by Japan in Thai
furniture and furniture parts in the first six
months of 2001. On the second place comes the United
States with 28.8% of the total furniture exports and
on the 3 rd place is the United Kingdom importing
6.4% of the Thai export furniture. The wooden
products dominate the furniture exported by
Thailand, comprising more than 70% of the total
exports. More than 1o% of the exported furniture is
made of metal.
The huge success
of the Thailand furniture on the external market determined
numerous industry representatives and government agencies to
encourage and promote the exports of the Thailand furniture.
The crisis affected the sales of the domestic furniture but
it begins to recover and have the same sales as before. If
we add to this, the fact that the export sales for the
future continue to be strong, it is obvious that the future
of the Thailand furniture is simply bright.