| Ward furniture plays an important role in healthcare delivery. Some ward furniture is designed to store essential medical supplies such as drugs e.g. warfarin or other utilities either for the medics or the patients such as nail scissors, etc. The demand for medical furniture including ward furniture has steadily risen over the years. Within the European Union (EU), the furniture market grew from $73.0 million in 2005 to $75.5 by 2006, and then from $78.2 million in 2007 to $80.9 by 2008. Also, the construction of ward furniture as well as other medical and hospital furniture now incorporates plastic. Consolidations via mergers and acquisitions have also become frequent in the furniture industry. The medical furniture manufacturers also face competition from cheaper ward furniture from China. In addition, refurbished furniture is also gaining popularity, especially in the wake of the economic recession as it also helps cut costs.