Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC) founded in June 1973 to stimulate the planned expansion of wood-based industries throughout Sarawak. Today, STIDC is the main driving force behind the tremendous growth of the State’s timber and timber-based industry. While at the same time preserving Sarawak’s precious forests by means of sustainable practices.
Over the years, STIDC has successfully branched out into different sectors of the timber industry, including furniture manufacturing and design. One of STIDC’s first ventures into the furniture industry is its Vendor Development Programme (VDP). The programme aims to helps Bumiputera furniture vendors to promote and market their furniture locally and outside of Sarawak.
Made in Sarawak
As part of the VDP, STIDC established a furniture gallery called d’Galeri PUSAKA at Jalan Kulas in Satok, Kuching. Here, the beautifully crafted high-quality hardwood timber furniture made by the VDP participants are showcased in all their glory. From benches and coffee tables to TV cabinets and high-end dining sets. d’Galeri PUSAKA is a treasure trove of fine Sarawak-made furniture.
An advantage of d’Galeri PUSAKA, it allows customers to have their furniture custom-made by any of the gallery’s vendors for something that is truly one-of-a-kind.
House of Acacia
House of Acacia is a collaborative effort between STIDC and Samling Group of Companies. It first introduced by STIDC in 2013, in a makeshift display showroom at the Sarawak Grand Timber Expo and SMEs Expo 2013, at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK). The display became an instant hit. Furniture from House of Acacia have since been bought and used in homes locally and abroad.
House of Acacia has a permanent showcase featured at d’Galeri PUSAKA. Here, visitors can browse through bedroom and dining room sets, tables and chairs, solid wood doors, wooden flooring and cabinets that are not only nice to look at, but also made to last.
STIDC is also actively finding ways to apply non-timber materials for furniture-making. Bamboo is a sustainable, durable and highly flexible raw alternative to natural timber. It is a perfect material for furniture making and other uses.
In 2015, STIDC introduced its Bamboo Gallery at the Sarawak Timber and SMEs Expo. It is to promote bamboo’s amazing versatility in furniture making and beyond. It has become a permanent fixture for the expo. Where people are able to see bedding, furniture and everything else made using bamboo.
Bright future for Sarawak furniture
STIDC is continuously promoting Sarawak’s value-added timber products in existing and new markets, in key traditional and new markets like India, United Arab Emirates, China, Australia and others. STIDC has also opened up opportunities for up-and-coming furniture makers and designers through tie-ups with local and international universities.
Programmes like Kursi PUSAKA and Pool of Young Designers (POYOD) are helping young Sarawakians explore their potential in the furniture industry. Under Kursi PUSAKA the main emphasis is to conduct collaborative R&D in developing new products from Acacia, while POYOD was mooted to develop young graduates into competent and competitive furniture designers.
Looking at where they are now in terms of keeping up with the current industry trends. STIDC is definitely heading towards a brighter future as far as the furniture industry is concerned.