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A Profile of the Furniture Manufacturing Industry by Susan M. Walcott

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CHAPTER 5

Market Forces Inside and Outside the Industry

Structural forces shaping production and market-oriented considerations are discussed in separate sections of this chapter. Several were mentioned previously, but their importance and consequences are highlighted in greater detail below.

Supply Factors

Rapid construction in developing countries throughout Asia, driven in large part by China and Chinese led projects abroad, fuel demand for inputs such as steel and other materials used in furniture production. Offshore manufacturing requires good infrastructure facilities to handle the importing of production parts not obtainable domestically, their conveyance via road or rail to the factory, and the means to export the full or partially finished ...

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