Wood Vietnam makes a difference for 4,200 visitors

In the context of a tense international trade climate, BIFA Wood Vietnam’s popularity was evident and invigorating. The show this year (24-27 October) saw about 183 exhibitors and 740 booths across a massive hall size of 14,500 square metres.

A total of 4,200 visitors partook of information on the latest technologies and products in the furniture manufacturing and woodworking sector.

The show was co-organised by Binh Duong Furniture Association (BIFA) and Pablo Publishing, publisher of the Panels & Furniture group of woodworking magazines.

The show was held in Binh Duong province, the heart of Vietnam’s furniture production and woodworking cluster. About 60% of Vietnam’s furniture and woodworking factories are located within 40km radius around Binh Duong – as well as Long An, Dong Nai Provinces and Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s capital.

While Binh Duong is now the capital for wood processing and furniture production in Vietnam, it still retains much of its rustic nature and is developing fast. Many exhibitors had commended the show location, chosen specifically for its close proximity to the factories and for the convenience of factory managers.

Mr Ha Cong Tuan, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said at the opening ceremony, “BIFA Wood Vietnam is a really important event, timely to advertise, promote trade and investment of the wood industry, not only in 2018 but also in the following years.”

 The fair was aimed at creating opportunities for enterprises to meet, exchange information and seek business cooperation. It also helped create vertical linkages in the industry – from suppliers of raw materials and accessories, machinery and technology providers, to manufacturers and traders.

According to statistics of General Department of Customs, in the first eight months of 2018, Vietnam’s wood sector exported over US$ 5.6 billion, of which Binh Duong is the leading province with import-export turnover accounting for more than 50% of the country’s turnover.

The show also provided a healthy mix of international and Vietnamese exhibitors. Many were eager to enter the Vietnamese market given the changing winds in the global trade dynamics. Exhibitors from 16 countries participated: Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Russia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Malaysia, Serbia, Singapore, Taiwan, the US and Vietnam.

BIFA Wood Vietnam 2018 had also invited industry veterans and professionals well-known in the wood industry to be speakers in a series of seminars. Mr Michael Buckley, an important figure in the American hardwood industry, spoke about sustainable and legal timber.

The US National Hardwood Lumber Association held a grading class on the same day, presented by NHLA inspector, Mr Roman Matyushchenko. Mr Jean-François Guilbert, Managing Director of French Timber, also introduced French wood species, timber industry practices and grading.

The next edition of BIFA Wood Vietnam will be held in the year 2020.

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