MIFF 2015 Exhibitor Focus 5
Published 4th December 2014
Of the billions of dollars of Malaysia’s furniture exports, around 90 percent
of them are made of wood, growing by approximately RM1 billion over the past
6 years, and reaching to literally all corners of the globe. It is fast gaining
recognition in less familiar territories as well. For instance, Malaysia’s export
of wooden furniture to certain parts of South America like Colombia increased by
over 150 percent over a 2 year span recently.
At the moment, Malaysia is the third largest exporter for upholstered wooden frames
in the world, and holds the sixth largest market share for dining tables and other
Feast your eyes on some products of first-class wood based furniture manufacturers
of Malaysia, that will also be proudly present during MIFF 2015 3 - 7 March.
Malaysian wooden furniture is no stranger to the world, but it takes a combination
of various elements to produce quality furniture for the world to reach those heights.
The availability of raw materials coupled with technique and labour clearly tops the
requirement list, and Malaysian manufacturers are definitely not shy in those aspects.
For one, Malaysian manufacturers benefit from well managed forests. Malaysia has its
own certification scheme called the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS), which
is operated by the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC). The MTCS provides
independent assessments of forest management practices in Malaysia to ensure the
sustainable management of Malaysia’s forest as well as to meet the demand for certified
The MTCS gained international recognition after having been endorsed by the
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), the world’s largest
certification programme. The MTCS is the first tropical timber certification scheme
in the Asia Pacific region to be endorsed by the PEFC.
The machinery used is undeniably up there with the best, equivalent to the standard
technology being used elsewhere in the world. A traditional woodcarving culture coupled
with targeted investments in furniture sector training schools in past decades have
resulted in well qualified workforce as well. In addition, possessing a huge pool of
relatively cheap labour for production, results in high quality products at a bargain price.
To explore more on the species and usage of Malaysian wood in furniture or even beyond that,