MoU signed between Swedish Wood and Furniture and Fittings Skill Council of India
Bangalore, March 8, 2018: This year at India Wood, 10th International Trade Fair for Furniture Production Technologies, Woodworking Machinery, Tools, Fittings, Accessories, Raw Materials and Products, there was also a MoU signed between Swedish Wood and FFSC (Furniture and Fittings Skill Council). This MoU was signed keeping in mind the shortage of skilled manpower in the Indian wood, furniture and fittings sector and to facilitate creation and exchange of knowledge between the signing parties for skill development. The Deputy Trade Commissioner of Sweden to India – Mr. Magnus Andersson and Ms. Charlotte Dedye Apelgren, Director Interior & Design at Swedish Wood, were present during the signing of MoU.
Speaking onthe occasion, Mr. Magnus Andersson said, “The MoU signed today reflects thestrong relations between the signing parties. Herein after the relationshipwill only grow stronger and each party will stay committed to deliver the bestto the India Market. With this MoU, we can look at skilled manpower and betterknowledge exchange for our India markets.”
“India is arather new market for Swedish sawn timber, but the Swedish sawmill industryexperiences an increased interest for sawn timber from Sweden from the Indianwood processing industry”, says Charlotte Dedye Apelgren, Director Interior& Design at Swedish Wood. Further adding on she said, “We also see anincreased demand in the world for natural and renewable materials like Swedishtimber. All Swedish timber comes from sustainably managed forests, whereevery harvested tree is replaced by several new planted seedlings. This MoUwith the FFSC will help us better serve the Indian markets and supply thefinest quality of wood.”
The Swedishsawmill industry, gathered under the name Swedish Wood, is participating in theIndia Wood fair in Bangalore, and the conference Timber Forum organized by thefair. At the event, Swedish Wood will highlight the benefits of Swedish timberand its application in modern design and architecture, including the benefitsof using Swedish wood as an innovative material to support the Indian woodprocessing industry.
In India,the Swedish sawmill industry sees a potential to support the Indian furnitureand joinery industry with high quality Swedish pine.
The totalSwedish production of sawn and planed timber is 18 million cubic meters,whereof 13 million cubic meters are exported, making Sweden the third largestexporter in the world, by volume, of sawn and planed timber. Sweden exportssawn timber mainly to Europe, North Africa & the Middle East and Asia.