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Indonesia Timber Industry empowers vendors to produce value-added furniture productsMonday, October 26, 2015 > 09:56:32
(The Borneo Post)
Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC) is empowering vendors to manufacture value-added furniture products for the local and export markets.
Following working visit trips to Vietnam and Indonesia recently, its deputy general manager Hashim Bojet believed vendors will have more ideas as a result from their exposure obtained from those countries in particular from their visit to Trade Expo Indonesia which was held in Jakarta, Indonesia from Oct 21 to Oct 25.
“We are providing exposure especially to Bumiputera vendors on the furniture produce by Indonesia manufacturers.
“We hope that (from Trade Expo Indonesia) vendors can get ideas, designs and the use of materials to produce value added furniture products as well as to improve their product quality.
“We also hope that they can capitalise on the product design not just for the manufacturing of furniture but for craft production as well. This is what we should have in Sarawak.
“Besides, Indonesian furniture manufacturers are very creative and innovative. They also produce furniture from used or recycle materials which minimises wastage,”he said in an interview with The Borneo Post after leading a delegation of more than 20 vendors who visited Trade Expo Indonesia here last week.
Hashim noted that in Indonesia, there is a skills training centre in Bandung to train furniture craftmen to produce furniture from a wide range of designs.
Thus, he said STIDC is working with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) for a project known as Pusaka Chair in furniture design to create more designers.
He is hopeful that designers can use local materials to produce value-added products not just for the domestic market but also the export market.
Hashim also encouraged local furniture designers to capitalise on native design to showcase their uniqueness to buyers especially those in the global market.
At the same time, he said STIDC is working with one group from Anji, China to develop value products from bamboo.
Apart from that, Hashim said STIDC is working with Samling Group on the production of furniture from Acacia wood.
Furthermore, he also encouraged local furniture manufacturers to utilise Acacia wood for furniture manufacturing. He believed that there are still vast potential for the local furniture manufacturing industry to move up the value chain of production.