Vietnam is a long-time user of New Zealand Radiata Pine.
This year Vietnam and New Zealand celebrate 40 years of trade and members of Sequal’s staff traveled to Vietnam to attend several official events. The host of these events was Tranduc Homes, one of Sequal’s valued global customers.
Traditionally, Vietnam furniture manufacturers used recycled wood from the likes of pallets and crates. However, over the years this has shifted to higher quality feed stocks and now Vietnam is one of New Zealand’s largest customers for quality lumber to meet their growing need to manufacture and export furniture around the world.
Further to that, the use of wood for construction of houses in Vietnam also has an interesting history. Historically many buildings in Vietnam were constructed from locally sourced wood. However due to the lumber being untreated the market lost trust in wood based construction techniques and over the past few decades has moved to concrete and brick for most residential housing.
This will shift again, thanks to companies like Tranduc Homes.
Tranduc is a key advocate for NZ pine in Vietnam and is working with industry players and NZ government representatives to build the knowledge and use of New Zealand Pine among Vietnam’s many architects, town planners and construction companies.
The hurdle is to convince all parties of the longevity of New Zealand Pine thanks to the treatment techniques offered in-market through NZ companies Timbalink and Arch Wood Protection, both of which were key New Zealand representatives at the 40 year celebrations.
Tranduc Homes is also working hard to develop building codes and standards to support wood based construction, as well as the design asthetics suitable for the Vietnamese market.
With these companies working in partnership with a common vision, Sequal is very optimistic about the future of Radiata Pine in Vietnam. Sequal anticipates the next 40 years as being a significant time in the relationship between both our nations.
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