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Sarawak timber export value down 12% in 2019

Sarawak, timber export, plywood

The export value of Sarawak’s timber products has decreased by 12 per cent in the first nine months of the year, as compared to the same period last year, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, reported Borneo Post. Speaking about the decrease, Awang Tengah who is also Minister of Urban Development and Resources (II), …


Sarawak, Malaysia, plantation, logs, acacia mangium, falcata, alternative raw material sources, gaharu, agarwood, bamboo

Logs from industrial plantations are fast becoming a major export for Sarawak as production from the natural forest has been reduced drastically. According to Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC), in the first half of 2019 Sarawak exported over 399,000 cu m of plantation logs, mainly acacia mangium, most of which was shipped to …

Sarawak government to sign MoU with Edge Global Norway

MoU, Sarawak, Norway

The decision by the Sarawak government to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Edge Global Norway As. has caught everyone’s as well as the media's attention. Under the terms of the MoU, the parties will undertake ecosystem mapping, baseline emission studies, carbon stock assessments and soil condition analysis in order to determine …

Sarawak government to stop issuing new timber licenses

Sarawak, timber licenses, illegal logging

The Sarawak government will continue not to issue new timber licences in their efforts to protect and retain the remaining indigenous virgin jungle in the state. Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg emphasised that once forests have already been logged, it was very difficult to restore them. “Worse still is the stripping of …

STA to offer RM2.4 Mn in funding for tropical hardwood research

STA, Sarawak, research, funding

The Sarawak Timber Association (STA) will invest RM2.4 Mn to fund a two-year research project on “Development and Deployment of Improved Genetic Materials of Falcataria Moluccana’ (Moluccan albizia)”. STA Chairman, Wong Kie Yik, said that the latest projects funded by the association include RM400,000 to Universiti Malaysia …

Sarawak timber firms hit by new log export quota

Sarawak, Malaysia, timber export

Sarawak's timber firms have suffered severely as the state authorities reduce log export quota and tighten timber harvesting activities . Sluggish plywood market and the state government’s foreign exchange earnings have also affected business. In 2016, Sarawak’s export revenue from logs and timber products fell 17.5 percent to …

Editor’s pickShin Yang Forestry: Giving back to the forest

Shin Yang Forestry, Miri, Sarawak, legality, plywood

The Shin Yang Group, one of East Malaysia’s largest plywood producers, spares no effort in returning the green back to Sarawak’s landscape. Cover image: An aerial view of Shin Yang's forest plantation in Sarawak, a land area totalling 350,000ha. The landscape is not a pretty sight. Recent felling has brought the forest to its knees …

Weak demand affects Sarawak export performance

Sarawak, plywood, wood products

In the first quarter of 2016, export performance of Sarawak's wood products declined by around 2% to RM1.62 billion as compared to RM1.65 billion during the same period in 2015. According to the Minister, this was due to a lack in global demand. The decline was most obvious in the main importing countries such as Japan, Taiwan P.o.C, China, …

Sarawak to boost wood industry's competitiveness

sarawak, malaysia, timber, wood, industry

The Sarawak state government is taking steps to boost competitiveness of its downstream timber industries in international markets. Among the steps being taken include establishing technical collaboration between industry players in support of research and development on Acacia and other plantation timbers for the manufacturing of high quality …

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