EPLF confirms stabilisation in the laminate flooring market in 201928 January 2020
In 2019, the worldwide sales of the European Producers of Laminate Flooring (EPLF) members was 447 million m² from European production. The second half of 2019 saw an upturn and stability, even though the influence of declining world trade remains noticeable.
The EPLF home market of Western Europe fell slightly in 2019, although some Western European countries reported positive figures. Eastern Europe also delivered strong figures, while overseas sales experienced a setback. North America has returned to a normal level, slowed down by a double-digit reduction in Canada but offset by a boom in the USA.
In Western Europe total sales in 2019 reached 219 million m². A decline of 2.1 % compared to the previous year. Germany remains the most important single market in Central Europe with 50 million m². France comes in second in Europe, improving by 1.1 % in 2019 to 36.5 million m². Great Britain sold 32.6 million m² in 2019, an increase of 9.5 %, ranking third in Western European sales ahead of the Netherlands, where sales improved by 1.4% to 18.6 million m². Spain increased by 1.4% to 16.7 million m².
Eastern Europe is on a clear upward trend with 135 million m². Russia reported 43.8 million m², a growth rate of 11.4 %. Poland grew 6.1% to 31.2 million m². Ukraine moved into third place in the region, increasing 32.5% to 10.1 million m². Romania and Hungary follow with 10 million m² and 7 million m² respectively.
Elsewhere in the world: Asia fell by 6%; Latin America declined 15.2%; Africa recorded a decline of 2.1%.