Acacias and eucalypts from natural forests in Australia have long been used for the production of specialty veneers, but the use of plantation acacias and eucalypts for this purpose is in its infancy.

Vietnam has a large furniture production and export industry, with exports worth US$2.8 billion in 2008. Timber for this industry is to a large extent imported – at very substantial cost (US$854 million in 2009). Vietnam also has a very large plantation estate of acacias (300-400 k ha) and eucalypts (500 k ha). ACIAR has provided much support in establishing and improving this resource, which has been used largely for the production of low-value pulpwood.

The aim of the project was to promote higher value utilisation of Vietnam’s eucalypt and acacia plantations by optimising veneer production from this resource.

Publication Date: 1 June 2019

Publication Date
Saturday 1st June, 2019