Furniture and woodworking industry of Uzbekistan is one of the fastest growing industries in the country. While in the past, the local market was formed by 65-70% of the products made by foreign manufacturers, currently around 90% of the total market capacity is saturated with high-quality domestic products. From 2003 to 2014, the production volume increased 14 times. Today, there are about 1,500 enterprises engaged in production of furniture, boards and panels, components and materials for wood processing in the country.
In general, Tashkent city and 5 regions are the leaders of furniture production in the country. These are Tashkent, Fergana, Samarkand, Namangan and Kashkadarya regions. They account for over 80% of the total production. It should be noted that furniture industry companies of Jizzakh, Navoi, Namangan and Surkhandarya regions have started to develop dynamically as well.
Domestic production satisfies the state needs to ensure supply of specialized furniture to social institutions and facilities.
Thanks to creation of a large number of small businesses, a good competition has been on the market that stimulates deepening of advanced technology implementation in production and its further modernization. The range of furniture is expanding, quality and design of the products are enhanced in line with the global trends. As part of the localization program, production of new types of raw materials is in process of establishment.
The measures adopted in recent years at the governmental level promote achievement of the high production growth rates to a great extent:
For the last 13 years, timber has been imported to the country at zero customs duties. This is due to the fact that in conditions of limited domestic wood resources, the local woodworkers face problems with raw material for their industrial needs. In addition to natural wood, the country imports particleboard, MDF and other board materials. As a result, a share of imported materials for furniture production in 2014 as a share of all consumable materials was estimated at more than 60%.
Significant benefits are similarly provided for importation of advanced woodworking and furniture production technologies.