Linen Supply Market in Japan: Key Research Findings 2020
Yano Research Institute (the President, Takashi Mizukoshi) has conducted a survey on the Linen Supply Market in Japan, and has found out the market trends by demand field, the trends of market players, and the future outlook.
Linen supply service is a rental service that lends linens for hotels, hospitals, restaurants, amusement facilities, companies, and factories. In FY2019, domestic linen supply market size attained 518,277 million yen (by business player revenue base), increased by 0.1% year on year, of which the growth is almost flat yet still growing for three consecutive years. With increase in demand for hotel linens due to rise of inbound tourists generating higher occupancy of hotels and construction of new hotels, linen supply market has been making recover since FY2015. Although the outspread of novel coronavirus affected January-March period of 2020, FY2019 stayed almost flat.
Outspread of Novel Coronavirus Giving Serious Impact on Each Demand Field
Although the linen supply market was said to be on recovery, it is assumed to face difficult circumstances for FY2020 and beyond due to global outspread of the novel coronavirus.
Viewing the linen supply market by demand field, while hotel linens, hospital linens, and industrial linens grew in FY2019, predicaments continue for other fields. For FY2020, virtually all demand fields are likely to fall below preceding fiscal year.
Domestic linen supply market for FY2020 is estimated to attain 358,241 million yen (by business player revenue base), 30.9% decrease from the preceding year. Especially, demand for the linen supply demand for hotels, fitness clubs and aesthetic salons, which used to drive the market, dropped by half, and similar decline is anticipated for food linen for restaurants and transportation linens for railways, airplanes, and ships.
Even though the market for FY2020 is deeply influenced by the outspread of coronavirus, pandemic is expected to be contained for FY2021 and beyond. Nevertheless, opinions and perspectives of overwhelming majority conclude that “things are not going back (to previous lifestyle)”. The linen supply industry is going through drastic changes, too, and its future is still uncertain.
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