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VINYL, RUBBER & LINO


Vinyl & Lino Flooring Market


Vinyl flooring accounts for an estimated 15% of the total UK floorcovering market, a share that has remained relatively consistent since 2009.


The sector includes cushioned and un-cushioned vinyl sheeting and vinyl tiles, used in both contract and domestic applications. Cushioned products, formerly associated with the domestic market, are now specified throughout the contract sector.


The UK market for vinyl flooring is estimated to be worth around £265million in 2012, down by 6% from the peak of £281million achieved in 2008. However, despite this decline, the performance of vinyl remains better than the overall floorcoverings market, which experienced a 16% fall in value over the same period.


The UK vinyl flooring sector has struggled recently, reflecting a difficult economy, a sluggish construction sector and


UK Floorcoverings Market Product Mix 2012 % by Value


rising raw material and energy prices. The decline was offset to some extent by a surge in spend on refurbishments and new projects in the run-up to the London Olympics.


Domestic vinyls continue to suffer as a result of the lack of significant growth in the UK housing market, in terms of both new build and the ‘buy to let’ sector. The contract market, which for a long period has benefited from buoyant demand from sectors such as healthcare and education, particularly


in terms of safety flooring, has struggled recently with funding cuts impacting spend on both refurbishment and new build. The retail sector has also remained relatively flat throughout the period.


Current medium-term forecasts predict moderate annual gains to 2016 when the sector is forecast to be worth around £279million – a figure only marginally below the pre-recession peak of £281million achieved in 2008.


UK Market for Vinyl Floorcoverings 2008-2016 – by Value (£m at msp)


A key sector – Healthcare Construction Market


Investment in the NHS remains a priority for the coalition government, with funding for the NHS protected over the next four years in the 2010 Spending Review. In line with these


commitments, overall NHS spending will increase by around £10billion - a marginal 0.4% increase in real terms over the course of the 2010 Spending Review period (2011-2015).


Healthcare has traditionally been a key market for vinyls and lino, offering


Value of UK NHS Expenditure 2008 – 2015 (£ billion)


key performance benefits in high-specification applications. Capital spending growth through PFI, LIFT and Procure21 programmes have underpinned demand in the last five years, but this is set to decline with a 17% squeeze on


health capital funding over the next four years. Many large-scale capital schemes are expected to suffer, but conversely will offer opportunities for all floorcoverings as Trusts will need to consider smaller refurbishment schemes rather than new-builds.


Extracted from “Floorcoverings Market – UK 2012-2016” and “Healthcare Construction Market – UK 2013-2017” Contact sales@amaresearch.co.uk or see www.amaresearch.co.uk for more details


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