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New report focuses on special needs bathroom products market - UK 2010-2014
With a growing number of elderly and disabled people in the UK, the demand for inclusively designed special needs bathroom products looks set to grow. With revisions to Document Part M in 2006, special needs bathroom products will continue to be installed in a wider range of domestic and commercial end-use applications. These will include domestic homes and commercial applications such as hospitals and schools.
The UK special needs bathroom market has an estimated value of around £119 million at Manufacturers Selling Prices in 2009. This represents a decrease of around 11% when compared to the market size in 2008.
The commercial sector accounts for around 30% of the overall special needs bathroom market in 2009. This sector has grown in recent years and has been supported by continued Government investment in education, entertainment/leisure and health sectors in particular.
According to the Bathroom Manufacturers Association, 20 of its 38 members provide over 1100 bathroom product lines for the special needs bathroom market.
Showering facilities take the largest share of the special needs bathroom market at 35%. This includes shower controls, enclosures, cubicles, trays and wet room equipment.
Accessories account for around 23% share and include grab rails, hinged support rails, toilet seats, shower seats and bath benches.
Toilet facilities have 20% share and include WC and wash basin sanitaryware plus Doc M WC packs.
Brassware has 13% share and includes TMV approved taps with levers or electronic controls.
Baths is the smallest category with 9% share and predominantly comprises walk-in and low level baths. Sales of baths are likely to show some decline in this market sector as more elderly people realise the easy access benefits of wet rooms and large walk-in shower enclosures.
To find out more, or to order a copy of the report:
30th July 2010