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China’s wood furniture manufacturing industry: industrial cluster and export competitiveness


  • Yang, hongqiang
  • Ji, Chunyi
  • Nie, Ning
  • Hong, Yinxing


China is the largest furniture exporter in the world. Its wood furniture industry has become an important part of the country’s forestry economic development. Hence, investigating China’s furniture industry cluster and export competitiveness is favorable for the sustainable development of China’s forestry industry. This study indicates that, under the guidance of the export-oriented strategy of China’s reform and opening up for 30 years, the country’s furniture industry has formed three big industry areas, namely, the Eastern Pearl River Delta, the Yangtze River Delta, and the Bohai Rim Region. As the strategy shifts from export orientation to a focus on domestic demand, the Midwest area will take over China’s industrial transfer. At present, China’s furniture products have an important position in the world market. In 2010, furniture exports accounted for 27% of the world’s total exports, with wood furniture accounting for $10.6 billion worth of exports, or 58% of China’s total exports of furniture. Among the main export markets, the United States accounted for 39% of China’s total exports. In terms of international furniture trade, an important mutual influence exists between China and the United States. China’s office furniture and kitchen furniture have price advantages, whereas the bedroom furniture lacks price advantages. The production and export of mahogany furniture face the pressure of raw material shortage because of the protection of tropical forest resources. Hence, this challenge puts China’s furniture industry in future competition from emerging countries such as Malaysia.

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  • Yang, hongqiang & Ji, Chunyi & Nie, Ning & Hong, Yinxing, 2012. "China’s wood furniture manufacturing industry: industrial cluster and export competitiveness," MPRA Paper 44282, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:44282

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    1. Robb, David J. & Xie, Bin & Arthanari, Tiru, 2008. "Supply chain and operations practice and performance in Chinese furniture manufacturing," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 112(2), pages 683-699, April.
    2. He, Dong & Zhang, Wenlang, 2010. "How dependent is the Chinese economy on exports and in what sense has its growth been export-led?," Journal of Asian Economics, Elsevier, vol. 21(1), pages 87-104, February.
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    Cited by:

    1. Radu Marginean, 2013. "Structural Effects And Mutations Caused By The Economic Crisis On Furniture Trade At The European Union Level," Risk in Contemporary Economy, "Dunarea de Jos" University of Galati, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, pages 123-130.
    2. Jianguo Liu, 2014. "Forest Sustainability in China and Implications for a Telecoupled World," Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 1(1), pages 230-250, January.

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    wood furniture manufacturing industry; industry cluster; export competitiveness;

    JEL classification:

    • F18 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Environment
    • L73 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Primary Products and Construction - - - Forest Products
    • L7 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Primary Products and Construction


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