The hardwood industry is facing a problem of affordability as a new generation of carpet manufacturers seek to diversify their business model, while the hardwood community struggles to retain its traditional owners.
Key points:The softwood industry faces challenges in terms of the cost of carpets and the availability of skilled workers.
Softwood carpets are also harder to replace than hardwood carpors, and some carpets require specialist carpentry techniques to make them attractive to buyers.
The industry has faced challenges in the past, but has seen steady growth in recent years.
Its members are trying to keep pace with changes to the way carpets roll off the factory floor.
“They are trying hard, and they are going to have to,” said Steve Whitehead, president of the Association of Australian Hardwood Floor Finishers.
“There is no question about it.
We are in the midst of a renaissance for carpets.
I have been at this for 40 years, and it has just gotten better every year.”
The Australian carpet industry employs more than 2.2 million workers across four states.
It is one of the largest industries in the country, employing about 730,000 people.
Hardwood flooring is a product of the European carpet industry and is manufactured using a combination of hardwood, plastic, and fibres.
“Hardwood floors are more durable than plastic floors, more durable and harder to break than fibres, more economical to produce and maintain and more environmentally friendly,” said Mr Whitehead.
But with prices for carpettas increasing across the board, the softwood floor industry is struggling to keep up with the new breed of carpettiers.
“We are not able to do anything about the price of carpet,” he said.
“Our flooring industry is going to struggle in the future because of the way the market is going.”
The flooring supply chain is just starting to take shape.
It is just one of those things that is going through a whole bunch of cycles.
“It is hard to know how much the industry will cost in the long term.”‘
The next big thing’Hardwood carpetters have long been recognised as some of the industry’s brightest stars.
“A lot of carpentry is done by hand and we have had a very long apprenticeship, but we also have people who have worked in the carpet industry for 20 or 30 years, who are very, very experienced and they have really grown their skills,” Mr Whiteheads said.
The hardwood carpet industry has been in the spotlight after the introduction of a new softwood carpet that can withstand the harshness of the Australian summer.
“For softwood carpet, we use the very latest, very highly-compressed polymers to create the durable, high-grade carpeting,” Mr Whitheads said, explaining that the carpet used in Australia is made from a combination, of fibres and synthetic materials.
“When it comes to carpeting, we’re seeing some of that softwood material, but with a high-end material, that’s really quite expensive, and that’s why we are seeing a lot of the carpets that are coming off the flooring plant in Australia.”
The carpet industry is now experiencing some major shifts.
“If you look at the last two or three years, we are really seeing a significant change in the soft wood industry.
We have seen an increase in carpentry skills, we have seen a decrease in the number of apprenticeships,” Mr Green said.
But the soft-wood carpet trade still relies heavily on its older members.
“So even if the soft and hardwood industries are in some ways the same, there is still a certain level of skill in the craft,” Mr Greens said.
He said it was important that the industry keep its members involved in the production of the softwoods.
“But I think for hardwood it is important that it is the younger generation of carpeworkers who are involved in softwood and the younger people that are involved with carpentry, who have got a bit more knowledge and a bit of skill and can produce the carpet that will last for a long time,” he added.