Kitchen furniture manufacturers expect an “extraordinarily good year”

Released on 20.09. 2021

  • The industry is doing well: Consumers like to spend a little more money on new kitchens than they used to. Photo: Friso Gentsch

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Germans and consumers from abroad like to spend a little more money on kitchens – the kitchen builders are doing well again after the interim crisis.

Herford (dpa) – The German kitchen builders have overcome the Corona dent with furniture stores that have been closed at times. The Association of the German Kitchen Furniture Industry (VdDK) reported on Monday about increasing sales and well-filled order books.

The industry expects «an extraordinarily good business year 2021 », said VdDK managing director Jan Kurth. By July, sales would have been around 3.3 billion euros 14, 7 percent above the level of the comparable period of 2020 and also the sales in the pre-Corona year 2019 exceeded. For the full year 2021 there will be a plus of up to 10 percent expected, said Kurth.

The German kitchen furniture manufacturers achieved increases both domestically and in exports. Domestic business contributed a good 1.8 billion euros in sales to total earnings by the end of July, 6.7 percent above the previous year’s figures. With exports, the manufacturers turned over almost 1.5 billion euros, 26, 7 percent more than in the first seven months of the last year.

More money is often spent on kitchens

Manufacturers benefit from the willingness of households to buy a new kitchen to be tasted. The increase in the value of incoming orders from within Germany is usually higher than the increase in the number of units. In the meantime, more than half of all household expenditure on furniture per year goes into the kitchen. “The overall situation remains tense – despite good growth figures and high demand,” emphasized VdDK CEO Stefan Waldenmaier. The bottleneck list ranges from chipboard and metal parts to packaging material. All of this «is now causing increasing delivery times».

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