See Quality Products
High quality, dependable, creative, aesthetic and trustworthy- these are just some of the ways foreign buyers describe Malaysian manufacturers. With a proven track record, MIFF also brings in exhibitors from 13 countries and region, making it the premier meeting place for industry players.
Extensive Product Ranges and Choices
World-class design in office furniture, home furniture and wood furniture makes MIFF a one-stop exhibition for everything in between. From fittings to furnishing materials, the choices are wide-ranging and cater to all your business needs.
List of product ranges that can be found at MIFF:
World Class Facilities
Held in two of Malaysia's top exhibition venues, visitors are assured of comfort and convenience.
A beautiful country that alternates undulating landscapes, white beaches and tropical forests, Malaysia is a safe and exotic country for visitors to relax after a long day's work at the exhibition.
The Best of Malaysian-Made Wooden Furniture
Malaysia is blessed with rich natural resources. Our lush rainforest provides an ample variety of wood for furniture-making. It also has a well-managed forestry system to ensure a continuous supply of high-grade sustainable timber and preservation of our natural heritage for generations to come.
The total export value for Malaysian wood products and furniture in 2018 stood at RM22.3 billion, contributing 1.6% to the country’s gross domestic product and 2.2% to total exports. Malaysia’s top ten export markets for wooden furniture include the USA (RM2,871.99mil), Japan (RM602.09mil), Australia (RM531.22mil), Singapore (RM456.02mil), the UK (RM398.99mil), Canada (RM270.07mil), China (RM254.28mil), India (RM239.87mil), Philippines (RM207.08mil) and the United Arab Emirates (RM134.45mil).
The availability of raw materials, coupled with advanced techniques and lower labour/production costs clearly gives Malaysia an edge in producing wooden furniture that meets international quality standards and requirements. A traditional wood-carving culture, along with targeted investments in the furniture sector within the last decade (including training schools), have resulted in a well-qualified workforce.
Some of the most common Malaysian timber used for wooden furniture include Rubberwood, Sepetir, Nyatoh, Kembang Semangkok, Dark Red Meranti, Palm Wood, Balau, Red Balau, Mengkulang, Ramin and Merbau.
Eco-Friendly Wood - 80% of all Malaysian wooden furniture is made from Rubberwood
Rubberwood is a plantation wood, it does not come from valuable virgin rainforests, as such it is one of the most eco-friendly woods.
Rubberwood is a medium hardwood that comes from the maple family of woods. It is durable, a bit harder than most coniferous species, comparable to black walnut and teak and quite a bit softer than oak or birch. Treated rubberwood is extremely stable and perfect for making furniture. It doesn't shrink and is insect and mold resistant. With its light colour texture and straight-coarse grain, rubberwood accepts stain easily.
- Scientific Name: Hevea Brasiliensis
- Hardness: Moderate
- Grain: Even with straight to shallowly interlock grain
- Colouration: Light
First Environment-Friendly Rubberwood Treatment Technology: High Temperature Drying (HTD)
Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) has successfully developed and patented a green technology for treating rubberwood using high temperature drying (HTD). HTD is a process that eliminates the use of borate, enhances timber stability and cuts down the processing time from about two weeks to one or two days. The overall operation involves only a single stage procedure, whereby the green rubberwood is converted to dried lumber for further downstream manufacturing (including furniture).
The development of HTD was developed in response to the European Union's (EU) call for some wood treatment chemicals, particularly borates, to be assigned to the "Repro-toxic Category" under the Dangerous Substance Directive 67/548.
FRIM has obtained patents for the HTD technology from the USA (March 2013) and Malaysia (October 2013). It has also filed for patents in six other countries: Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, China and India.
Malaysian Timber is Certified
Malaysian manufacturers benefit from well-managed forests. Malaysia has its own certification scheme called the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme (MTCS), which is operated by the Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC). The MTCS provides independent assessments of forest management practices in Malaysia to ensure the sustainable management of Malaysia's forest and to meet the demand for certified timber products.
The MTCS gained international recognition after it was endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), the world's largest certification programme. The MTCS is the first tropical timber certification scheme in the Asia Pacific region to be endorsed by the PEFC.
American importer James Holt, who was at the show for the third year, noted the number of exhibitors had grown tremendously along with a wide range of products to choose from. "The designs stay fresh and up to date. So far, we have struck several deals, and we are looking forward to more of them. This is a great hub for us to buy products, especially for importers like us."
Spanish businessman Alejandro Montoya said Malaysian wood products and designs were a big attraction for foreign buyers. "Many of our customers back in Spain like minimalistic wooden products, and I see there are various choices here at MIFF. Malaysian wood is known for its quality and that is what we are here for."
From Africa, Benitah Nyonjo of Uganda said her company, Nina Interiors, had sourced wood-based home and office furniture from MIFF for 20 years and found new suppliers this round.
Tariq Hassan of Libya found MIFF a good centre for business for those in the industry like him because "in Libya our locals still rely on imports, we don’t have many choices and our economy is growing."
"It is my first time here and I find it very nice. There’s a huge global presence in the fair and I can clearly see what is going on around the world and in which country, like trends and new technology used in furniture. I came for sofas, beds and dining sets and there’s really a huge variety. Coming here has exposed me to so many things and I will surely be back next year."
Sarang Waghmerer, Wishful Homes, India
"This is my first time in Malaysia, and I like it very much. Although both venues are good, I like MITEC a lot, and I think it’s beautiful. My trip to Malaysia was fruitful and I felt my time in MIFF was well spent. I viewed some very nice furniture and saw new models of products. The furniture and other products are really creative and of good quality."
Tarek Abasy, Wood Line Furniture, Egypt
"We think MITEC is a good fair and we have seen a lot of new stuff. We also like the nice new MITEC building – it is very high and modern. Before coming to MITEC, we have already seen the exhibition booths in WTCKL. We have come to MITEC to buy bedroom and living room furniture for our company in England."
Louise O’Brien & Michael Harrison, United Kingdom
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