POZNAN, Poland – Grupa MTP, organizer of the annual Meble Polska furniture market here, has launched an Internet platform to help foreign buyers connect with manufacturers in Poland.
In conjunction with the Polish Chamber of Commerce of Furniture Manufacturers, the Buy Poland site features a catalog with information about major Polish manufacturers with years of experience supplying goods to international markets. In addition to selling products under their own brand, they also serve as subcontractors for other manufacturers and private-label merchandise for retailers. The list includes plants with major capacity as well as smaller companies specializing in particular niches.
In addition to detailed information about companies, Buy Poland offers information on the latest products and useful contacts, and it publishes the updated information and reports on the Polish furniture industry.
According to Grupa MTP, Polish furniture production has doubled in the past 10 years, with exports up 116%. In 2019, Poland’s furniture industry revenue totaled almost 12 billion euros, up 5% over the prior year, making it the sixth largest furniture manufacturer in the world after China, the United States, Germany, Italy and India. Poland is also a leader in the production and export of mattresses. During the past year, the highest growth rate was recorded for the kitchen furniture.
As the organizer of the most important furniture trade show in Eastern Europe, Grupa MTP has long experience promoting Polish brands in developing foreign markets. Along with trade shows, it also organizes congresses, conferences, cultural and sports events attracting more than 1 million visitors from all over the world every year.
I’m Powell Slaughter, senior editor at Furniture/Today. I returned to the publication in January 2015 after nine years of writing about furniture retail strategies and best practices at a monthly magazine focusing on home furnishings retail operations. Prior to that, I spent 10 years with F/T covering wood furniture, the last five of those as case goods editor. Upon my return to F/T, I developed coverage of the logistical and service aspects of the furniture industry as well as following the occasional, home office and home entertainment categories. In April 2018 I took over the upholstery category, with responsibility for coverage of the fabric and leather stationary and motion upholstery, recliners and massage chair categories.