- Published on Tuesday, 20 November 2012 10:40
An assortment of input options allows companies to cut spending and raise product quality.
- Material variety to ease cost concerns: Makers typically combine synthetic and genuine leather for the upholstery unless buyers specify to utilize the latter exclusively. Suppliers are also turning to less costly inputs for the frame and cushioning as long as user comfort is not affected.
- “Green” designs: Several companies are employing E0 and E1-grade materials in compliance with the CARB’s Airborne Toxic Control Measure, which limits formaldehyde levels in wood-based panels.
- Multifunction models: Pieces with bottom and side drawers are produced in greater numbers to match growing demand for space-saving furniture. Versions that have storage areas under the cushions and in the backrest are likewise available.
- Shift to new locations: The high cost of adherence to stricter environmental requirements in the US and the EU are pushing many small and midsize companies to explore alternative markets. Most of these businesses are targeting Southeast Asia and the Middle East, where export regulations are more lax.
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