Throwing the spotlight on local furniture

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 15 Aug 2018

(From second left) MTIB director-general Datuk Dr Jalaluddin Harun, Malaysian Furniture & Furnishings Fair (MF3) chairman Cindy Kong, Kok, Lee and KSFA deputy president Matthew Law at the launch of the opening ceremony of MF3 2018 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

MALAYSIA produces renowned quality furniture and yet, some Malaysians are less than willing to buy locally made products and prefer to spend their money on “fast” furniture, according to the KL & Selangor Furniture Association (KSFA).

KSFA president Eric Lee said many of such poor quality furniture ended up in the landfill – creating wastage and costing consumers more money in the long run.

“Do you notice that there is a lot of damaged furniture of poor quality thrown by the roadside or the recycling area?

“It tells us that many people didn’t enjoy what they paid for,” he said at the 11th Malaysian Furniture and Furnishings Fair (MF3) held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Lee urged consumers to invest in higher quality Malaysian furniture which is more durable.

“It will definitely help reduce wastage,” said Lee.

Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok, who launched the fair, said the local furniture industry was the best-performing industry in Malaysia.

“The furniture industry is one of the most vibrant industries in Malaysia.

“It is a significant contributor to the timber sector with export earnings valued at RM10.14bil in 2017 – an increase of 6.4% compared with 2016. And the export of wooden furniture was valued at RM8.1bil or 80% of the total furniture export earnings in 2017.

Ranked ninth as the largest furniture product exporter in the world, Kok advised industry players to also focus on the domestic market and create their own identity.

“There is a huge market for furniture products in our country. In addition, industry players should give importance to the creation of a signature identity for Made-in-Malaysia furniture products.

“In this context, furniture makers need to transform from being Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) to Original Design Manufacturers (ODM) and Original Brand Manufacturers (OBM),” added Kok.

In a move to ensure a sustainable supply of raw material, the government has also placed a temporary ban on the export of rubberwood with effect from July 1, 2017.

One of the highlights for this year’s event was the Wood & Lifestyle Fair – a collaboration between KSFA and Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB) – which exhibited a range of stylish tropical wood furniture by 25 companies.

Among the exhibitor that drew the crowd was Tanggam Design Centre (TDC). Established in 2016, TDC is an initiative under MTIB for young designers to collaborate with industry players and has won The Best Designers at 2017 Salone Satellite Show in Milan, Italy.

The three-day MF3 2018 took place from Aug 10 to 12, and featured more than 120 exhibitors showcasing a selection of over 300 well-known local brands.

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