Evaluation of the geographical concentration of furniture industry in Iran with the aim of furniture cluster development

Omid Hosseinzadeh

Yahya Hamzeh

Majid Azizi
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of Tehran
Iran, Islamic Republic of
Yahya Hamzeh

Publication date: Sep, 2013

Journal: Iranian Journal of Wood and Paper Industries
Vol.: 4- Issue: 2- Pages: 33-44

Abstract: In this study, with the aim of furniture clusters development, the geographical distributionof furniture industries in Iran was evaluated and taking account this parameter, the areas with the high priority for the development of the furniture clusters were identified. LQ (Location Quotient) calculation method was used to calculate LQ for 193 cities. The cities with a LQ higher than one were identified and sorted in a table. LQ was higher than 1.5 for 45 cities. It means many cities have potential for furniture clusters development. According to the result aside from developing clusters such as Tehran, Shandiz and Malayer, Qom, Talesh, Babol, Eslamshahr, Shahriar, Robatkarim, Babolsar, and Gorgan furniture clusters have appropriate potential for development that they have been not noticed until know. Results have shown that, except Tehran furniture cluster that its members aggregated in Yaft Abad, in Tehran province Eslamshahr, Rabat Karin and Shahriar have a very high potential for another furniture clusters development.

Keywords: Cluster development, Furniture industry, Concentration factor