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Operational and Financial Risks in the Swedish Industry for Wooden Single-Family Houses: A Trend Analysis
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering. (Industrial Engineering)
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering. (Industrial Engineering)
2015 (English)In: 4th Forum Wood Building Nordic Växjö 2015, 2015Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Shifting concentration of population to urban areas has increased the shortage of available housing. The combination of housing shortage with a limited number of companies that provide solutions for multi-family houses in wood has become a serious concern in Sweden. Those companies that possibly could fill this void and enter this segment are at present time producing single-family houses. The development for these companies is connected to investments in long-term product development. The aim of this paper is to examine the possibility for these companies to develop and enter this segment. This is investigated by describing the risk position and financial situation for the companies within this industry, over time. It is conducted by utilizing a risk position model for 46 selected companies, comparing the development trend over a selected time period. This has exposed that many of the companies have demonstrated a positive financial situation and risk position over time, indicating a favorable position to invest in product development towards wooden multi-family houses in addition to their current products.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015.
Keyword [en]
Wooden Houses, Industry Structure, Financial Performance, Risk Position, Product Relatedness
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies
Research subject
Technology (byts ev till Engineering), Industrial economy
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-47334OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-47334DiVA: diva2:872450
Conference
4th Forum Wood Building Nordic Växjö 2015
Available from: 2015-11-19 Created: 2015-11-19 Last updated: 2017-02-17Bibliographically approved
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1. Market structure and economic status for firms producing single-family houses in Sweden
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Market structure and economic status for firms producing single-family houses in Sweden
2016 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The gradually changing behavior of the population, towards urbanization, ledto an increased shortage of available housing. This development has resultedin a serious issue in Sweden, where too few firms are providing solutions formulti-family houses in wood. Potential firms that could fill this increasingdemand are those in the single-family house industry. Yet, these firms mightface considerable problems with productivity, predominately derived fromincreasing production costs and inadequate production development.Developing these firms are associated with long-term investments, whichis investigated by evaluating the industry structure for sellers, highlightingthe financial and market situation within their industry. These factors aregrowing in importance due to the current market concentration, where morefirms are required to focus on product development driven by the demand toprefabricate wooden elements, volumes or modules in an industrialized way.This thesis studies Swedish firms producing wooden single-familyhouses, with the aim to investigate their possibilities to enter the woodenmulti-family house industry in Sweden.Investigations will be conducted by applying Altman’s Z’ value, riskposition model, the Herfindahl-Hirschman index, the Herfindahl-Hirschmannumber equivalent, productivity ratio model for profitability and finally amodel measuring market Concentration Ratio.Results show that the industry tends towards perfect competition with toomany firms involved, i.e. firms mainly have to compete by prices. Further,firms are grouped into three zones; risk, grey or safe zone. The levels withinthese zone show a reduction of firms in the red zone over time. Related to thecurrent risks, many firms have promising positions to invest in productdevelopment towards wooden multi-family houses, in addition to theircurrent products, even though firm productivity has declined during thestudied time frame. The results that the investigated firms have goodpossibilities gaining a competitive advantage by diversifying into thegrowing wooden multi-family house industry.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Växjö: Linnaeus University, 2016. 122 p.
Series
Faculty of Technology : Report, 47
Keyword
Wooden Houses, Wooden single-family houses, Wooden multi- family houses, Financial Performance, Risk Position, Economic distress, Z- score model, Industry Structure, Productivity, Off-site construction, Industry concentration
National Category
Mechanical Engineering
Research subject
Technology (byts ev till Engineering), Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-60000 (URN)978-91-88357-52-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2017-02-17 Created: 2017-01-20 Last updated: 2017-02-17Bibliographically approved

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