Wood association signs MOU with Italians

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HCMC - Handicraft and Wood Industry Association of Ho Chi Minh City (HAWA) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Italian association of wood manufacturers Centro Sperimentale del Mobile (CSM) to boost cooperation in research, marketing, training, design and wood processing technology.

Wood association signs MOU with Italians

By Thai Hang - The Saigon Times Daily

HAWA Chairman Nguyen Chien Thang (2nd, L) signs a memorandum of understanding with Italian-based Centro Sperimentale del Mobile (CSM) - Photo: Chanh Phuong HCMC - Handicraft and Wood Industry Association of Ho Chi Minh City (HAWA) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Italian association of wood manufacturers Centro Sperimentale del Mobile (CSM) to boost cooperation in research, marketing, training, design and wood processing technology.

Under the deal, CSM supports HAWA in developing relationships with relevant institutions in Italy, including training organizations, and woodworking machinery and tools manufacturers’ association.

On the other side, HAWA supports CSM in establishing contacts with HAWA members, including in arrangement of factory visits and business talks.

Nguyen Van Vy, office manager of HAWA, told the Daily that the cooperation agreement could expand to supporting B2B meetings between Vietnamese and Italian companies in collaboration with the Italian chamber of commerce. It also includes exchanging publication and information on the wood processing industry on new designs, raw materials, marketing and research activities.

In addition, HAWA also signed a cooperation deal with Martini Venturi Italia, an Italian consulting firm, to support the activities between Vietnamese and Italian wood manufacturers. According to Vy, a delegation of Italian wood processors will visit Vietnam in the near future, under the deal.

The cooperation is part of a week-long Italian visit by the HAWA delegation which ends on Monday. Other activities include visiting an international furniture fair in Milan, visiting the wood processing facilities as well as working with Tuscany furniture association.

According to the Vietnam Ministry of Industry and Trade, exports of wood products from Vietnam to Italy though small had jumped from US$27 million in 2009 to over US$32 million in 2010. In the first quarter, wood product exports from Vietnam to Italy were estimated at US$15.5 million, up 17% compared to the same period last year.

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