Despite the challenges presented by the COVID 19 pandemic, the European wood flooring market managed to remain flat in 2020, according to the European Federation of the Parquet Industry (FEP).

Wood flooring production in FEP countries exceeded 76 million square meters (818 million square feet), a 0.59% increase compared with 2019 production. Including countries not covered by FEP, production declined 0.28% compared with 2019.

Performance differed from country to country. Italy, France and Spain were unable to offset heavy losses experienced during the spring lockdown, despite good performances in the summertime, according to FEP. Austria, Sweden and Switzerland, however, rebounded enough during the second half of 2020 to compensate for losses in March and April.

Total production type remained similar to trends that first started in 2010, according to FEP. Multilayered flooring (engineered) made up 82% of the wood flooring produced (compared with 83% in 2019), while solid flooring remained stable at 16%.

Poland led in wood flooring production with 16.29%, followed by Sweden (15.87%), Austria (12.82%) and Germany (9.86%). 

The full FEP report can be found here