On the factory floor
Good design must be affordable to a wide range of people, not just a lucky few. Together with our suppliers, we apply new materials and innovations to offer better products for lower prices and to make it affordable for the many.
IKEA forms long-term partnerships. On average, we work together with our suppliers for 11 years.
In 2015 we produced 6.5 million legendary BILLY bookcases.
We constantly question existing solutions. By making our furniture easier to assemble, our production more efficient and by improving our packaging for easier transport, we save time and money for our customers.
A small ribbed fitting makes assembly process simpler and easier than ever. It took several years to transform the idea behind this solution into a market-ready product.
Great design at a great price. Our product developers, technicians and suppliers teamed up to make a complex manufacturing technique affordable. The result is FJÄLLBERGET, an office chair that combines comfort and quality withgreat design.
All people have the right to good design at affordable prices. To achieve this, we use the right combination of 5 elements: form, function, quality, sustainability and a low price. We call it Democratic Design.
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Making more from less goes back to our roots. Together with our suppliers, we try new ways to make more out of the resources we use by improving production processes, avoiding waste and reinventing materials. Using resources more efficiently is not only good for the planet, but for cutting costs as well.
Saving for a not so rainy day. Together with our biggest textile supplier, Hilong in China, we transformed the textile dyeing industry by introducing a new fiber dyeing technique that cuts water consumption by 80%.