Fresh Timber Back in Burma, Gurjan Face Charm to Return!

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Good news comes from Myanmar for Gurjan Face Veneer lovers because MTE has started supplying fresh hardwood logs to veneer peeling units. Although, initial prices are too high but are expected to come down to comfortable levels after April this year. That means returning charm of Gurjan Face Veneer with smoother prices and supply will help it catch up its share again.

Indian consumers have been in love for Gurjan face for making Plywood because of Red color, hence producers always have been trying to offer Gurjan Face Ply. The terminology is very much common in Indian plywood industry, because, if a company pitches for better price and quality, it claims to use only Gurjan face. It is the common perception among users and customers as well that quality plywood means, made with Gurjan Face Veneer so quality plywood producers mention Gurjan as their significant USP. Though, after 2014 logs exports ban in Myanmar changed the scenario. Slowly Gurjan face became out of reach or out of the calculation for producers.

Situation seemed positive after mushrooming new establishment of veneer peeling by Indian entrepreneurs in Myanmar and Laos, but after two years, the scenario reversed completely after decision taken by both countries as ban on logging and formulating new policy to promote domestic industry for making finished goods. Later during 2016-17, the Indian Plywood industry found the alternate of Gurjan Face, as Okume, PQ, Soloman and Indonesia Gurjan. At present, Gabon has emerged as the most sustainable destination for face veneer manufacturing, and 17 Indians have set up peeling units there. Among all, Gabon seems the most sustainable place for procurement of Face Veneers because Okume face getting larger acceptance among Indian customers. Presently the Non-Gurjan Face Veneers have captured approx 65 percent market share in India and it is further gaining due to improving acceptance by users, economical and sustainable availability and technically suitable for making good quality products.

But good news comes from Myanmar for Gurjan Face Veneer lovers because, MTE has started supplying fresh hardwood logs to veneer peeling units. The sources say ‘there is an adequate quantity of fresh hardwood logs that are now available for veneer mills.’ Although, initial prices are too high but is expected to come down to comfortable levels after April this year. That means returning charm of Gurjan Face Veneer with smoother prices and supply will help it catch up its share again.

In this February 2018 issue, there is a one 2 one interaction with Mr. Rajesh Mittal, MD, Greenply Industries Ltd along with Mr. Sanidhya Mittal published. It is a must read knowledge base interaction for industry and trade with a brief of the next plan of GIL. The telephonic interview of Mr. Nitin Mishra of GSEZ, who has replied on the opportunities and facilities at Gabon for veneer mills, is also worth reading. The Ply Reporter has started a New Column ‘A talk with Machinery Solution Providers’ for wood panel industry to keep the industry enthusiastically updated with new technology, beginning with an interaction with team ‘Star International’, a well known High Speed Spindless Peeling machines supplier. This issue also has ‘to the point’ news from ground on market changes, new launches, Industry & trade happenings etc. After this issue we are busy with ‘Indiawood 2018 Special Issue’ so book your ads, write ups and get the copy before you head to exhibition ground to get a brief preview from Reporters point of view.

See you in Indiawood, Bangalore @ The Ply Reporter’s huge Pavilian, Stall:E506, Hall 4.

Rajiv Parashar
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