Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Mattress manufacturers can rest easy because a recovery is on the way. Improving disposable incomes and a recovering housing market will drive sales of new (and more high-end) mattresses. The mattress production process has become leaner and quicker, which will improve profit margins and make US-made mattresses more attractive to foreign buyers due to their speedy delivery times. Input prices will continue to increase, but will be less volatile, giving manufacturers ample time to prepare for any fluctuations... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter
The Mattress Manufacturing industry has a moderate level of capital intensity, which is determined by the ratio of capital to labor. For every one dollar spent on labor, industry operators invest about $0.17, on average, on capital. The industry has seen capital intensity increase over the past several years. This is due to the increase in equipment purchases as the industry turns more to automating the mattress production process.
The need for labor is reflective of the manual tasks required for the assembly of mattresses and the need for qualified personnel to design mattress components and engineer the production process. In addition to the industry's six major companies, the industry consists of many small- to medium-size firms... purchase to read more