* The Malaysian furniture industry today has transformed into a technologically advanced multi-billion ringgit industry from a traditional, domestic cottage-based production in the beginning years in1980s.
* With the furniture industry’s adoption of high technology production manufacturing capabilities coupled with greater emphasis on design, market expansion and aggressive promotional efforts, the Malaysian furniture industry has the potential to increase exports for a bigger global market share.
* The furniture industry is highly export-oriented with over 90% of its production are destined for overseas market which accounted 3% value of global exports.
* In 2010, Malaysia ranks as the eighth largest exporter of furniture in the world and third in Asia after the People's Republic of China and Vietnam, with exports to more than 160 countries. The value of Malaysian furniture exports represented 3 per cent of total world exports.
* Among the furnitures exported are:-
i. kitchen furniture,
ii. bedroom furniture,
iii. upholstered with wooden frame and
iv. office furniture
of which over 80 per cent are made from rubber wood, a light colored, medium hardwood popularly called ‘Malaysian Oak’.
* Now there is concerted effort between Malaysia and Thailand to brand rubber wood as ‘Hevea wood’.
* The export of garden/outdoor furniture from tropical hardwood is mainly for the European market. The solid tropical wood species used are known for their durability under different climatic conditions.
* Besides these traditional markets, Malaysian furniture has gained access to the markets in New Zealand, South America, Middle East, Africa and Russia. Malaysia is a major supplier of office furniture to the Middle East market.
* Malaysian furniture companies numbering about 1,800 are mainly located in Peninsular Malaysia. A high concentration of furniture establishments are in... [continues]
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