Vietnam steps up regulation on resin quality in wood products

 

Vietnam will soon regulate resin quality used in the wood processing industry to improve workers’ health and safety, as well as to raise the quality of Vietnamese wood products in the market, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The demand for different wood adhesives, including UF (urea-formaldehyde), PF (phenol-formaldehyde), MF (melamine-formaldehyde) and PVAc (polyvinyl acetate), is expected to reach 240,000-300,000 tonnes a year by 2020, according to estimates from the ministry’s Department of Processing and Trade for Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Products and Salt Production.

Department representative Nguyễn Mạnh Dũng was addressing a seminar on technical standards for glue quality held during the Vietnam International Furniture and Home Accessories Fair (VIFA-EXPO 2017).

Prior to 2010, producers of wood adhesives, particularly UF and PF, did not pay much attention to quality. This has changed since 2011 as many foreign firms swooped into the market with high-quality wood glues.

But MDF and particleboard producers still manufacture their own adhesives. Others also continued to import poor quality adhesives for the domestic market.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released into the atmosphere have adverse effects on human health and the environment, prompting the government to establish standards to control the quality of wood glues.

The department, in collaboration with universities and institutes as well as based on Singapore’s standard regulations, have compiled a draft on national technical regulation on the quality of wood adhesives, Dung said.

The country targets to produce three million cubic metres of artificial board annually by 2020. Fibre board will accounts for up to 1.8 million m3; joined timber slabs, about one million m3; and particleboard between 100,000-320,000 m3.

According to the Handicraft and Wood Industry Association of HCMC, the export value of wood and wood products is expected to reach US$8 billion this year, up from $7.3 billion in 2016.

Domestic wood consumption is forecast to hit US$1.3 billion this year, said Huỳnh Văn Hạnh, the association’s deputy chairman.

 

Source: Vietnam News