Muar the fur­ni­ture ex­port hub

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

The long-term tar­get un­der the Na­tional Tim­ber In­dus­try Pol­icy launched in 2009 is to achieve ex­ports of wood and wood prod­ucts worth RM53 bil­lion by 2020 and RM16 bil­lion of ex­port value for the fur­ni­ture in­dus­try with value-added achieve­ment of at least 60% to reach the pre­mium level.

Wooden fur­ni­ture is the largest item in Malaysia’s ex­port of tim­ber prod­ucts in 2015. The value of wooden fur­ni­ture rose 14.5% year-on-year to RM7.29 bil­lion in 2015. Malaysia ranks eighth among fur­ni­ture ex­porters in the world. Muar is the largest fur­ni­ture ex­port district in Malaysia, ac­count­ing for 50% of the coun­try’s fur­ni­ture ex­ports.

“If we achieve 12% growth ev­ery year , we can achieve RM16 bil­lion in fur­ni­ture ex­port value by 2020,” said Wee.

Ex­ports of ma­jor tim­ber prod­ucts in the first six months of 2016 to­talled RM10.92 bil­lion with the high­est value com­ing from wooden fur­ni­ture (RM3.60 bil­lion), fol­lowed by ply­wood (RM2.24 bil­lion) and sawn tim­ber (RM1.63 bil­lion).

Many coun­tries have in­creased the use of wood as the most en­vi­ron­men­tal­lyfriendly ma­te­rial, which au­gurs well for Malaysian tim­ber prod­uct man­u­fac­tur­ers. How­ever, stiff com­pe­ti­tion from other trop­i­cal prod­uct pro­duc­ers world­wide will al­ways be a chal­lenge for Malaysia. The big­gest com­peti­tors cur­rently are China, Viet­nam, In­done­sia, Brazil and some African coun­tries.

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