Furniture manufacturing sector faces challenges, says cluster

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The disjointed local furniture sector, which has been hit by cheap imports, will be in dire straits if manufacturers don’t start working collectively.

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The disjointed local furniture sector, which has been hit by cheap imports, will be in dire straits if manufacturers don’t start working collectively and update their processes to avoid further job losses and businesses closing, according to the eThekwini Furniture Cluster (EFC).

The furniture manufacturing sector is the third largest labour-intensive manufacturing industry, with huge inputs in terms of raw materials including wood, natural and synthetic textiles and fabrics, steel and other metals, adhesives and paints.

Paige Jenje, the EFCs project manager, said rather than competing against each other for a “smaller piece of the pie”, they needed to unite and combat the threat of imports....

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