IKEA to collaborate with Sabah on acacia plantation

By BERNAMA / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

Swedish furniture retailer IKEA, wants to collaborate to develop an acacia tree plantation in Sabah to source materials for the manufacture of its furniture products.

Global wood supply and forestry manager Ulf Johansson said acacia wood was the best raw material that could be produced in a responsible and sustainable manner and was viewed as critical by IKEA’s customers.

“Given the situation in many natural forests in the world, we (IKEA) are not using natural or native tropical species at the moment. For now, we are only talking about various woods we can produce in plantations, such as acacia.

“So, we have a need to develop more manufacturing capabilities for acacia (furniture products) and we are happy to do that in Sabah,” he told reporters after calling on Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal in Kota Kinabalu yesterday.

Johansson said apart from looking into the use of acacia wood originating from Sabah, IKEA is also interested in seeking partners in furniture making in the state and this would also help generate additional tax revenue and create jobs. — Bernama