Sweden-Vietnam potential cooperation on wood materials

10:39 | 31/10/2017 MUTRAP Corner

At a seminar on Sweden’s wood materials and VietnamWood fair recently held in Ho Chi Minh, speakers said Sweden’s wood materials industry sees Vietnam’s wood processing industry as a potential market for its eco-friendly, competitive and sustainable materials.

A seminar on the value of Swedish wood as a competitive, eco-friendly and sustainable material for the wood processing industry in Vietnam — VNS Photo

Vietnam is the fifth largest exporter of wood worldwide, the second largest in Asia, and the largest in Southeast Asia. Its key export markets are the US, China, Japan and the EU.

According to Huynh Van Hanh, vice chairman of the HCM City Handicraft and Wood Industry Association (HAWA), Vietnam’s furniture industry is growing steadily, resulting in increased demand for materials.

Vietnam’s exports were estimated at 7 billion USD last year and are expected to increase to 10 billion USD by 2020. Last year, about 1.7 billion USD of wood materials were imported for production needs.

The seminar was held in the city’s District 7 as part of the 12th Vietnam International Woodworking Industry Fair at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre (SECC) from October 18-21.

About 50 Swedish sawmills suppliers, Vietnamese wood producers and many others attended the seminar.

At the seminar, Huynh Van Hanh said “Sweden will be a potential source of additional materials for Vietnam, with the import value currently increasing”.

Pereric Hogberg, Sweden’s Ambassador to Vietnam, said that Sweden’s sustainable forest management maintained a balance between economic wood production and respect for wildlife, outdoor recreation, employment and local interests.

He said, “I am very impressed by Vietnam’s fast-growing wood processing industry, and there is a large potential for Swedish wood suppliers to supply high quality and sustainable raw materials to Vietnamese manufacturers,”.

Sweden, the world’s third largest exporter of sawn wood, exports 13 million of total 18 million cubic metres of sawn and planed timber.

Japan and China are the biggest markets for the Swedish sawmill industry.

Van Thuan