China becoming more important customer of Philippines furniture

MANILA, Philippines — In years past, many Philippines-based furniture manufacturers viewed China as one of their primary competitors.

Not only did Chinese manufacturers begin making similar product as factories in the Cebu or Manila areas, they also brought in Filipino workers to hand-craft tables and chairs produced with materials also imported from the Philippines.

But now the tables have turned, and the Philippines has found that China is one of its most important customers for finished, upper end goods, particularly those made with indigenous materials such as cocoa bark, cocoa shells, abaca, sawgrass, banana leaf and woven rattan.

That was an analysis of a recent story in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, which interviewed Philippine-based exhibitors at the March 14-17 Manila Fame furniture show. Held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, it featured exhibitors from the Cebu and Manila regions.

The paper said that China still remains a small customer for Filipino factories compared with the United States, Europe, Japan and the Middle East. However, exhibitors cited in the story indicated that China is becoming more important as a consumer of Philippines-made furniture.

Furniture Today Staff | Staff Editors

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