nep-cis New Economics Papers
on Confederation of Independent States
Issue of 2009‒06‒10
four papers chosen by
Anna Y. Borodina
Perm State University

  1. The furniture industry in Russia By Alessandra Tracogna; Giovanni Barbiano di Belgiojoso
  2. The office furniture market in Russia By Sara Paoletti; Mauro Spinelli; Sara Maddaloni
  3. The lighting fixtures market in Russia By Aurelio Volpe; Larisa Cherninova
  4. Built-in appliances distribution and brand image in Russia By Aurelio Volpe; Mariano Peluso

  1. By: Alessandra Tracogna (CSIL Centre for Industrial Studies); Giovanni Barbiano di Belgiojoso
    Abstract: This report offers a comprehensive picture of the furniture sector in Russia, providing trends in furniture production and consumption, furniture imports and exports. Factors determining the demand for furniture are examined, as well as furniture distribution and furniture supply structure. Russian furniture production is broken down by segment and by federal district. Russian furniture consumption is broken down by product (office furniture, upholstered furniture, kitchen furniture, cabinet furniture for home, specialized furniture). A profile of the Russian furniture consumer is outlined. The analysis of furniture distribution channels covers: large specialist shopping centres, network of retailers, independent retail outlets, Soviet-style furniture shops, furniture corner, furniture fairs (bazaars). Russian furniture exports and imports are broken down by country and product (office furniture, kitchen furniture, upholstered furniture, dining and living room furniture, bedroom furniture, seats parts, parts of furniture). The wood and forestry sector is also considered: production, imports, exports and consumption data are provided for the main semi-finished wood products (sawnwood; wood-based panels: plywood, veneer sheets, particle board panels, fibreboard panels, MDF), as well as investments in the wood processing industry. Woodworking machinery imports from the main partner countries are included.
    JEL: L11 L22 L68
    Date: 2008–05
  2. By: Sara Paoletti (CSIL Centre for Industrial Studies); Mauro Spinelli (CSIL Centre for Industrial Studies); Sara Maddaloni
    Abstract: This research based on 70 direct interviews with leading companies (office furniture producers, retailers, wholesalers) offers a comprehensive picture of the office furniture sector in Russia, providing trends in office furniture production and consumption, office furniture imports and exports. Office furniture market at retail prices, distribution channels and an analysis of the office estates market are also included. The report provides a summary of the furniture industry in Russia with main economic indicators and basic data on production, consumption, imports, exports, furniture trading partners. Office furniture imports and exports are broken down by country and geographical area. A list of leading furniture importers is also included. The office furniture competition is analysed, with data on office furniture production by Russian federal districts, market share at retail prices of major producers. Short profiles are provided for the main office furniture manufacturers, with price range of basic set of office furniture (operative furniture, top-manager furniture, president furniture). Other information on foreign companies and Russian representative, big home furniture companies operative in the office furniture sector are also included. The analysis of distribution offers an overview of driving force, product trend, pricing, material and colours of office furniture. The office furniture sales in Russia are broken down by regions and by distribution channels: direct sales, specialized and not-specializerd dealers (wholesalers, retailers), Internet-sales, direct sales, mail order. A scheme of trade relation between furniture manufacturers and dealers is provided. A section concerning the office estate market in Russia offers details on: classification of office real estate in Moscow and St Petersburg, office market volume in Moscow and regions, main development trends of office real estate market in Moscow.
    JEL: L11 L22 L68 L81
    Date: 2008–06
  3. By: Aurelio Volpe (CSIL Centre for Industrial Studies); Larisa Cherninova
    Abstract: Top 50 players represent more than 85% of Russian production of lighting fixtures. The Russian market for lighting fixtures has undergone some significant changes in the past several years. These changes concerned the restructuring of the older established lighting manufacturers, renovations of the production processes, new entrants to the market and the overall double-digit annual growth rates in production, imports and consumption. This report offers a comprehensive picture of the lighting fixtures market in Russia, providing trends in lighting fixtures production and consumption, imports and exports. Data on the supply structure, distribution channels and reference prices are also provided, as well as sales data and market shares of the main players with short company profiles. The lighting fixtures market is broken down highlighting the two main market segments for lighting fixtures: decorative/residential lighting and non-residential lighting (architectural/commercial lighting, industrial lighting and outdoor lighting, altogether so-called Technical lighting). Data on decorative/residential lighting are broken down by style (traditional, modern, design) and by positioning of the lamp (floor, table, wall, ceiling lamps and suspensions), while data on architectural/commercial lighting are broken down by product (downlights, fluorescence systems, projectors, spotlights, entertainment lighting, decorative lighting for hotels and shops). Industrial lighting consists of lighting for industrial sites, marine, hospital and emergency lighting. Outdoor lighting includes residential outdoor lighting, lighting for urban landscape, Christmas lighting and lighting for major roads, galleries and sporting facilities. The breakdown of Russian lighting fixtures exports and imports is provided by country and by geographical area (Americas, Asia and Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Other countries). A breakdown of lighting fixtures exports and imports is also provided by segment: residential lighting, commercial lighting, Christmas and traffic lighting, lighting fixtures components. A breakdown of light sources (incandescence traditional or halogen, fluorescence compact or linear, gas discharge, leds, fiber optics and other) and ballasts (electromagnetic or electronic) used by a sample of companies is also offered. Estimated number of employees in the Russian lighting fixtures market and average turnover per employee in a sample of companies is mentioned. Sales breakdown by distribution channel (direct sales/contract, lighting specialist retailers, small and large furniture chains, department stores, wholesalers) and by geographical region (Central, Siberian, Southern, Ural, Privolzhskly, North West and Far East) are provided for a sample of companies. Reference prices are given for the main lighting products in the segments of residential, commercial, industrial and outdoor lighting, in a sample of stores. A chapter of the report mentiones a number of exhibitions and shows that will take place in Russia in 2009, specialised and interior design magazines, internet portals and web sites for online shopping, dealing with the lighting fixtures sector. A section is dedicated to the competitive system, with data on lighting fixtures sales and market shares for the major lighting fixtures companies present in the Russian market, for each segment: residential lighting, commercial lighting, industrial lighting, outdoor lighting. Short profiles of the major Russian companies operating in the lighting fixtures sector are also included.
    JEL: L11 L22 L68 L81
    Date: 2009–02
  4. By: Aurelio Volpe (CSIL Centre for Industrial Studies); Mariano Peluso (CSIL Centre for Industrial Studies)
    Abstract: This report provides a qualitative and quantitative study of the distribution of built-in appliances in Russia as well as an analysis of the trade satisfaction of the main brands of built-in appliances present in the Russian market. The research also includes an overview of the Russian kitchen furniture market providing data on production, consumption international trade, distribution and prices. Tables and data show the sales breakdown of built-in appliances purchases by supplier (appliance retailers, wholesalers and importers, kitchen retailers, kitchen manufacturers, furniture chains, appliance chains). For each built-in appliance considered in the report (hobs, ovens, hoods, dishwashers, refrigerators), the analysis covers the price range for a selection of brands, the breakdown by distribution channel, the breakdown by product type in a sample of companies, the product breakdown by type in percentage data. The analysis of brand image is based on strong and weak characteristics pointed out for major built-in appliances' brand according to the following criteria: frequency/easy approach with the supplier, front staff professionalism, punctuality in delivering, after sales technical assistance, price/quality, aesthetic qualities of the product/design, wide range of products and models, innovation, brand fame/advertising, availability of merchandising material. The research is based on 90 interviews with built-in appliances retailers, built-in appliances wholesalers/importers, kitchen furniture manufacturers, kitchen furniture retailers, large appliances chains, large furniture chains, independent experts.
    JEL: L11 L68 L81
    Date: 2008–11

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