Project final report
Enhancement of production of acacia and eucalypt peeled and sliced veneer products in Vietnam and Australia - final report
This project aimed to promote higher value utilisation of Vietnam's acacia and eucalypt plantations by optimising veneer production from this resource, leading to higher returns to smallholder farmers.
The project also examined veneer production from selected species in Australia as a parallel technological improvement and innovation work on wood based composite processes and engineered wood products (EWPs) which can be transferred in Vietnam.
Vietnam has a large furniture production and export industry, and timber for this industry is to a large extent imported — at very substantial cost. 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. 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.