Designer cushions are a very lucrative business for Australian producers, with sales up by an average of 50 per cent over the past five years.
The sector’s growth is so great that the Australian Bureau of Statistics has recorded more than 10,000 Australian companies that make cushion and foam, which is a big chunk of the $1.2 trillion Australian business that makes cushion, foam and mattresses.
But for the majority of them, there is a long wait before they can make a profit.
“We’re talking about about 10 to 20 years for a product to be out there,” said Kevin O’Connor, president of the Australian Business and Industry Association.
Mr O’Conner said the cushion industry is growing fast, and is in a boom period, but it was still difficult to find people willing to work in it.
“If we were to look at a business model, and the business model is very simple, you need to be able to sell a product that is durable and durable lasts,” he said.
“And it has to be affordable.”
The boom is not sustainable “The biggest risk to the industry is the fact that it’s a very long wait until we get the market there,” he added.
“The business is still very young, and it will take time for people to get comfortable with the concept of a cushion.”
Some cushion companies have started to experiment with cheaper, higher-quality products, but they are still in a market that is not growing fast enough.
For example, one company is looking to produce cushion made from the skin of dead animals, rather than human skin.
And a local company is also trying to make cushion out of dead fish.
In the meantime, the Australian Consumer Affairs (ACAA) has been warning about the dangers of cushion production, and has issued a warning to all Australian producers.
“All manufacturers of cushions or cushions-like products must take immediate steps to ensure that they have the proper health and safety procedures in place to protect their workers and the public,” the ACAA warned.
“Products should be designed with an eye to reducing the risk of injury to workers and other persons working in the production process.”
The ACAA has also warned Australian producers that if they don’t implement safety measures, they risk losing the right to sell their products.
“Australian producers and sellers of cushioned products should ensure that their products meet or exceed the Australian Standard for Health and Safety,” the agency said.
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