Boyolali furniture exports increasing

Boyolali (Antara News) - Rainfall in Central Java that had been declining in the past month had boosted Boyolali district`s furniture exports, as the drying of wood for the production of furniture had become faster.

The statement was made by Manager of CV Art Funiture in Ketitang village, Nogosari subdistrict, Boyolali district, H. Arif Budi Sulistiyo.

"Now we managed to export one and a half container of furniture each week, while the capacity reached only one container previously. And during the dry season, we were able to export up to three containers each week," Arif said.

One such container, he added, contained 150 different kinds of furniture including cupboards, tables and chairs.

Demand for Indonesian furniture on the export market was still high. "And I cannot meet all the orders, which mainly came from France and the Netherlands," he said.

The raw material -- teak wood -- is also plenty, Arif said.

He also said that prices of furniture on the export market in the past month were still steady. Cupboards, for instance, were priced at Rp1.25 million per unit, tables Rp900 thousand per unit, and chairs Rp300 thousand per unit, he added.

However, he also admitted that competition in the furniture trade in the export market was quite tight. The products from China are mostly of good quality, and cheaper, but mostly produced with machinery, and therefore less popular.

"Our products, on the other hand, are of specific design and built traditionally, and therefore very popular" he said. (*)
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