New Zealand firm lends helping hand in wood treatment

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New Zealand firm lends helping hand in wood treatment

HCMC - New Zealand-based Timbalink looks set to inaugurate a wood treatment plant in Bien Hoa Industrial Park 1 in Dong Nai Province next month to help process wood products for Vietnamese manufacturers.

Binh Nguyen - The Saigon Times Daily

Kerry Bloor (R) of Timbalink is seen in discussion with his guests at the inauguration function in HCMC yesterday evening for the company’s wood treatment plant in Dong Nai Province - Photo: Binh Nguyen
HCMC - New Zealand-based Timbalink looks set to inaugurate a wood treatment plant in Bien Hoa Industrial Park 1 in Dong Nai Province next month to help process wood products for Vietnamese manufacturers.

New Zealand’s consul general and trade commissioner Graham Sims told a function held here on Wednesday to introduce the Timbalink Vietnam that the facility would provide customers with an internationally proven treatment process and system able to significantly enhance the durability of softwoods, including pine.

“This greater durability will give Vietnamese wood manufacturers the ability to add value to their wood products,” Sims told the event, which was attended by many specialists in Vietnam’s wood industry. “This will also be supported by a 25-year guarantee against rot, decay and insect attack.”

Kerry Bloor of Timbalink told the Daily at the function that the US$3-million plant would treat and process wood products of Vietnamese manufacturers for both local sale and export.

Bloor added that the treatment capacity would be increased depending on demand for the plant.

Timbalink Vietnam, a joint venture between Vietnamese and New Zealand partners, decided to establish the first wood treatment facility of its kind in Vietnam in response to the growing woodwork industry in this ASEAN market.

The consul general Sims told the Daily before the function that New Zealand’s timber exports to Vietnam had increased by up to 38% since 2008, accounting for roughly US$80 million last year.

Sims said two-way trade between New Zealand and Vietnam grew from approximately US$430 million in 2008 to US$725 million last year, with New Zealand’s exports taking around US$480 million.

Sims told the event that the forestry industry made a major contribution to New Zealand’s economy and was the country’s third largest export earner, making up over 3% of the country’s gross domestic product value.

Last year, New Zealand harvested more than 24 million cubic meters of timber, up 18% over the previous year. Sims said by 2025, the forestry industry would produce 60% more than it did in 2011.

Sims said a delegation from New Zealand would come to Vietnam soon to share experience in developing the forestry industry in a sustainable manner.

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