Preferences of furniture manufacturers for using lightweight wood-based panels as eco-friendly products

Khojasteh-Khosro, Saeed; Shalbafan, Ali; Thömen, Heiko (2020). Preferences of furniture manufacturers for using lightweight wood-based panels as eco-friendly products European Journal of Wood and Wood Products, 78(3), pp. 593-603. Springer 10.1007/s00107-020-01519-8

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Lightweight panels, as an eco-friendly element for furniture manufacturing, offer several potential market and production opportunities for many secondary woodworking companies. In this study, the perceptions of Iranian furniture manufacturers were evaluated by means of ANP-based multi-type questionnaires, regarding the conditions and requisite features of lightweight panels in furniture manufacturing. The ANP results revealed that product design, quality and price were effective sub-criteria for furniture manufacturers. The most important attributes for choosing panels during the manufacturing process were: lack of panel warping, product abundance in the market, and withdrawal resistance of connectors. Manufacturers indicated that they were aware of the advantages lightweight panels would bring them, but they were still in need of further persuasion concerning the quality and workability of lightweight panels. Combining lightweight and conventional panels for furniture manufacturing could lead to an increased interest in assuring furniture quality. In addition, further development of lightweight panels is necessary to increase the variation in the market.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering
Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering > Institute for Materials and Wood Technology
BFH Centres > BFH Centre for Wood - Resource and Material

Name:

Khojasteh-Khosro, Saeed;
Shalbafan, Ali and
Thömen, Heiko

Subjects:

T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TS Manufactures
T Technology > TT Handicrafts Arts and crafts

ISSN:

0018-3768

Publisher:

Springer

Funders:

[UNSPECIFIED] SNF Seed Money

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christelle Ganne-Chédeville

Date Deposited:

04 May 2020 11:29

Last Modified:

04 May 2020 11:29

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s00107-020-01519-8

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.11671

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/11671

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