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Malaysian furniture export to increase RM16 bln by 2020 – Timber board

13th March, 2018


KOTA KINABALU: The Malaysian export of furniture products is expected to increase to RM16 billion by 2020 via the Malaysian Timber Industry Board’s (MTIB) Professional Designers Programme (PDP).

Division Director of MTIB Industrial Development, Mahpar Atan said that PDP is an initiative and a joint programme with the Malaysian Furniture Promotion Council (MFPC) in integrating designs and designers into the furniture production in the country.

Speaking to reporters during the Seminar on Professional Design Programme (PDP3) yesterday, he emphasized that PDP would enhance product value in the country as well as contribute towards original furniture designs.

The Malaysian exports of the furniture industry receipts recorded RM10.14 billion last year, which shown an increase of 6.4 per cent compared to the previous year.

“In 2017, the overall exported timber products record around RM23.2 billion which is also slightly increase compared to RM22.12 billion in 2016.”

However, from the number, only few per cent contributed by Sabah. “Sabah is doing more on the premier sector which makes it less value compared to the furniture industry. It is MTIB vision to get more industry players from Sabah.”

He also noted that the country needs to strengthen its supply chain production of new market oriented value added products, and explore new markets.

“The aggregation of these efforts will definitely contribute towards achieving the resilience of the timber industry and achieve our long term target by 2020.”

Under the National Timber Industry Policy, the long-term target is to achieve exports of timber and timber products amounted to RM53bil by 2020.

Meanwhile, more than 100 participants attended the seminar. There are five designers from Australia, Italy and Belgium, delivering their talks.

Also present at the seminar was Dean of UMS Faculty of Science and Natural Resources, Prof Baba Musta.

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