President's Messages

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Furnishing Malaysia with Exciting Diversity and Unlimited Opportunities:  

The furniture sector is one of the few industries in Malaysia that can proudly stand out for its products as truly "Made-in-Malaysia". This is attributable to the fact that the Malaysian timber raw materials, especially rubber wood, are sourced locally by Malaysian furniture producers. Compared to some of our major exports in the form of crude or semi-furnished products, we managed to export our furniture as end-user products.

For more than two decades, the Malaysian furniture industry has our commendably thrived because of its strong downstream sector. Today, Malaysia is among the world's 10 furniture exporters. In the first nine months of last year, furniture manufacturers contributed some RM5.9 billion to the nation's total export earnings.

The global furniture market is expected to grow between 3% and 5% annually over the next five years. With market gravity shifting towards the Asia Pacific region, Malaysian furnitrue manufacturers can look forward to enjoying a much larger slice of the market share. Against such backdrop, the outlook for the Malaysian furniture industry is certainly bright.

The merger of the two national-level organisations -- the Malaysian Furniture Industry Council (MFIC) and the Malaysian Furniture Entrepreneur Association (MFEA) -- last year is a positive development for the industry. Through the merger, a new entity known as the Malaysian Furniture Council (MFC) was set up on 20th September 2014. By consolidating the views and strengths of all industry players, the Council can now embark on a long-term, holistic approach to enhance the future development of the industry.

The Council's founding president and committees see the industry's future direction in a different perspective: that is, going beyond the current state of thriving and prosperity, the real challenge is about how to share the success of the industry with all Malaysians, regardless of ethnic backgrounds and geographical locations. In return, the Council wants the responsibility to safeguard the industry and to improve our global position to be shared by all Malaysians, from both the private and public sectors.

Going forward, we have conceptualized a five-year plan known as Furnishing Malaysia with Exciting Diversity and Unlimited Opportunities (2016 - 2020). The plan should be finalized by the end of this year and will address and focus on the following key aspects:- 

  • Renewed efforts in traditional markets;
  • Coordinated strategies for the emerging markets;
  • Promoting diversity as a competitive edge;
  • Improving sustainability and variety of raw materials;
  • Striking a balance between technology, innovation and human resources skills; and 
  • Serving small players and society

I strongly believe that with the right mindset and commitment from all furniture industry stakeholders, we will be able to accomplish our goals and take the industry to greater heights in the next five years.

On the note, I urge every member of the MFC to extend their fullest coorperation towards ensuring the successful implementation of the programmes outlined for the five-year plan.

Finally, let's us all take great pride in our contribution to the nation's socio-economic growth and vision towards attaining the developed status by 2020.

 

Kind regards,

 

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Chua Chun Chai
President, Malaysia Furniture Council

 

打造多元色彩和商机无限的马来西亚家具业

家具业可以说是属于大马制造的行业,主要因为家具制造商采用国内木材,尤其是橡胶木,以生产高品质产品。

除了原材料及半成品外,家具业的出口商品也包括家具及木制品等终端用户成品。

在过去20年内,有赖于下游行业在过去20年内表现强劲。家具制造商在2014年的出口额达到73.55亿令吉,让大马成为全球10大家具出口国之一。

随着全球家具市场在未来5年内预料成长3%5%,亚太区的成长迅速领先全球其他地区,本地家具制造商放眼抢占更大的市场占有率及份额。

马来西亚家具工业总会及马来西亚家具同业联合总会,于2014920日正式合并,命名为马来西亚家具联合总会,有助于家具业继续蓬勃发展与壮大。

在结合国内业界同行的及力量后,总会将朝向长期及全面性方向改进。

除了展望本行业能够更上一层楼的同时,真正的挑战是如何将家具业所取得成就,与不同种族及区域的人民共享,同时维护家具行业,提高本行业在全球所居位置。

为此,我们订下的5年计划命名打造多元色彩和商机无限的马来西亚家具业(2016-2020。该项计划将于今年最后一季敲定,重点项目如下:

  • 在传统市场中重新启动
  • 新兴市场的策略协调
  • 促进多元性的竞争优势
  • 提高原材料的可持续性发展及多样化
  • 寻求工艺及手艺的平衡
  • 为小型业者及社区提供服务

我相信只要持着正确的观念以及在获得全体家具业者肯定下,我们一定能够达成目标,在未来年内把整个行业带上另一个高峰。

我谨此要求会员们全力与总会合作,以确保5年计划得以成功实行。

 

致此,

 

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蔡春才

马来西亚家具总会长