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Fire Door Market Slumped by Over Six Percent in Europe

Last year, the market for fire doors in Europe suffered a pandemic-related setback of 6.2%. The market is not set to recover from this with significant growth rates until 2022. A market volume of 3.4 billion euros is expected by 2024, as a study by Interconnection Consulting shows.

The market volume for fire doors in Europe fell from 3.2 to 3.0 billion euros in 2020. Although declines were recorded in all the submarkets studied, they were of varying degrees. Germany, the largest market for fire doors in the EU, recorded a decline of almost four percent, following the current weakness in non-residential construction activity. Despite this decline, however, Germany can still do very well in comparison. Italy, for example, recorded a hard crash of -15.4%. In the Benelux countries and Great Britain the decline was 9.5% and 8.6% respectively. The Scandinavian region recorded a minus of more than 5%.

Alternatives to Steel in Demand

The rising prices of steel have led to an increase in market share for other materials such as aluminium. Nevertheless, the steel segment remains very strong with a share of more than 40%, while the wood segment continues to lead with 46% shares in value. However, demand for the different material types varies greatly from country to country. While steel fire doors dominate in Germany, in France and Great Britain it is the timber segment. Wood is mainly used for fire doors with longer fire resistance (90min, 120min), while steel is mainly used for fire doors with shorter fire resistance (30min, 60min), due to the otherwise sprawling door thickness. Fire doors with 30min fire protection are the strongest market segment with a market share of almost 60 percent.

Standardisation Under Fire

The European market for fire doors is characterised by high price differences between the individual countries, which is mainly due to different fire protection regulations in the European countries. The latest hopes were now based on a harmonisation of safety standards in the EU and Turkey through the introduction of the new product standard EN 16034. The new regulation should have come into force at the end of 2019 for all fire doors, but for the time being interior doors and automatic doors remain excluded from the labelling and are still subject to the standards of the respective country. Experts say that this makes it more difficult for manufacturers to offer their products throughout Europe according to a standardised norm. The new standard currently only applies to exterior doors as fire doors and sliding doors. “Considering that the market share of these areas is almost negligible, standardisation has not brought anything so far,” criticises Sasa Spiridonov, the author of the study. It is still unclear when the entire product range will finally be subject to uniform standardisation.


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Hope for Quick Recovery Among Coffee Roasters

The administrative closure of hotels and restaurants and international travel restrictions led to a dramatic crash in coffee roasters’ sales in the HoReCa customer segment (hotels, restaurant, cafes) in 2020. The cumulative drop in sales in the three countries Croatia, Hungary and Slovenia was 31.0% last year. By 2023, the market should have returned to 2019 levels, according to a study by Interconnection Consulting. 

Length of Lockdowns Decisive

In absolute terms, coffee sales by coffee roasters in the HoReCa sector shrank from €72.3m to €49.9m in the three countries examined in the study.  The study shows that the total duration of the legally ordered closures had the greatest influence on the decline in sales. Thus, administratively mandated closures were shortest in Croatia, which resulted in the smallest decline of -25.3%. Hungary recorded the strongest decline with -38.2%. Slovenia falls in the middle with a minus of about 30 per cent.

Strongest Declines in the Hotel Segment

In terms of customer segments, the hotel segment was hit hardest by the closures and travel restrictions. The decline was almost 53% across all countries surveyed in this segment. Consequently, the market share of the hotel segment also dropped from around 25 to 17.5 percent. The coffeehouse segment still fared best during the pandemic, so that in 2020 the share rose cumulatively in the three countries studied to 45.9%. The share of the coffee house segment is strongest in Croatia, at 48.4%. In comparison, this is less than 40% in Hungary.

Rapid Recovery

Until the crisis struck, the examined markets were clear growth markets with much higher growth rates than in the saturated markets of Western Europe. Therefore, the recovery will also be faster than in Western Europe, reaching almost the pre-crisis level as early as 2022. Many large international players sell their products directly in these countries, which leads to a high ratio of direct sales. In Hungary and Slovenia, the share of direct sales is around 80%. Dominant companies in the three countries are Julius Meinl, Luigi Lavazza, Segafredo Zanetti, Alois Dallmayr or the Dutch coffee roaster Jacobs Douwe Egberts

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