Furniture and decking consume 60 percent of stain used in U.S.
April 2, 2017 | 3:59 pm CDT
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CLEVELAND - Demand for wood stain is forecast to rise 4.3 percent per year to $1.7 billion in 2020.
Furniture and decking applications account for nearly 60 percent of demand for wood stain. Cabinet applications will see the fastest advances in stain demand, due to the combination of strong gains in cabinet sales and the sustained popularity of solid wood cabinetry. These and other trends are presented in Wood Coatings Market in the US, a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm.
Stain sales will be driven by:
  • sustained use as stain-and-sealer combinations offer more convenient coating
  • continued popularity of solid wood materials in furniture, stain's primary outlet, as well as cabinets, materials that are more likely to be stained to accentuate the appearance of wood grain
  • rising stain prices due to increasingly advanced formulations, like stain-and-sealer-in-one
US demand for wood coatings overall - including stains, paints, sealers and primers - is projected to increase 4.2% annually. Gains will derive largely from residential markets, where healthy increases in new housing construction and moderate advances in residential maintenance activities will benefit both new and maintenance wood coatings.
Among new coatings, both on site and manufacturer-applied coatings will see strong growth, since many of the wood products going into residential construction are precoated as well as coated on site. However, competition with nonwood materials will restrain wood coatings from further advances.  Overall, growth is expected to slow slightly from that of the 2010-2015 period as construction expenditures normalize after the particularly strong growth of a post-recession recovery.

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Bill wrote for, FDMC and Closets & Organized Storage magazines. 

Bill's background includes more than 10 years in print manufacturing management, followed by more than 30 years in business reporting on industrial manufacturing in the forest products industries, including printing and packaging at American Printer (Features Editor) and Graphic Arts Monthly (Editor in Chief) magazines; and in secondary wood manufacturing for

Bill was deeply involved with the launches of the Woodworking Network Leadership Forum, and the 40 Under 40 Awards programs. He currently reports on technology and business trends and develops conference programs.

In addition to his work as a journalist, Bill supports efforts to expand and improve educational opportunities in the manufacturing sectors, including 10 years on the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation; six years with the U.S. WoodLinks; and currently on the Woodwork Career Alliance Education Committee. He is also supports the Greater West Town Training Partnership Woodworking Program, which has trained more than 950 adults for industrial wood manufacturing careers. 

Bill volunteers for Foinse Research Station, a biological field station staddling the border of Ireland and Northern Ireland, one of more than 200 members of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.