Furniture Manufacturing Enterprise/Employee Numbers

YearWooden and Upholstered FurnitureMetal FurnitureMattress ManufactureOther FurnitureTotal Furniture
EnterprisesEmployeesEnterprisesEmployeesEnterprisesEmployeesEnterprisesEmployeesEnterprisesEmployees
2005158462901141460943016584018699030
2006150958401021370940017186017918460
200714495520961350637016289017168140
200813715090931240637016572016387420
200913204210931090635015969015786340
20101290399090800644015073015365960
20111245381087720641015982014945750
2012120336508167066515076014435140
2013117934707857098015079014164910
201411733530725201255015082014045410
20151200355069560956015083014315500
Source – Statistics NZ 23/01/16 Notes:
  1. The above data relates to Statistical code ANZIC06 – C251 Furniture Manufacturing.
  2. The above figures do not include built-in furniture e.g. kitchen manufacture which is classified separately under ANZIC 1421 – Joinery.
  3. The above data does not include furniture finishing (polishing) which is covered under ANZIC 9499 – Other Repair and Maintenance.
  4. The above category “Other Furniture” includes; bamboo, cane, fibreglass, rattan and furniture parts.
Commentary:The number of employees in the furniture manufacturing sector has declined almost 40% over the past 10 years from 9,030 in 2005 to 5,500 in 2015. The number of furniture manufacturing companies has also declined over the same period but only by 23% indicating many companies have downsized possibly due to strategic moves into custom make/bespoke work, the increasing use of automated production (CAD CAM) and the adoption of competitive manufacturing. The average number of employees per company is 3.8.

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