This project evaluates the potential for non-structural panels in the furniture (including cabinetry) and interior finish industries in China. It entailed two stages:
1. Review of existing information on non-structural panel markets and industry in China;
2. Survey of wood-based panel manufacturers and non-structural panel specifiers in China.
137 furniture and 132 interior finish manufacturers in eastern and southern China were surveyed by phone, mail/fax, and in personal interviews. Personal interviews were carried out with 11 panel mills in the eastern region.
The literature review is based on the Preliminary Competitor Analysis for Wood Products in China (Wahl and Gaston, 2003) that was carried out for Forestry Innovation Investment. Information specific to furniture, other non-structural panel markets and more recent publications have been added to this literature review.