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The second quarter ACIAR meeting

On 11th April, 2014, the second quarter meeting was held in the project office of VAFS for all representatives from each component to report what have been achieved and what have been planned for the next quarter. About CAP, in the first quarter, CAP have conducted the baseline survey for veneer processing enterprises to assess economic impact and the reports are finished. In the next quarter, CAP will conduct two economic impact assessment surveys at the same time, for small stakeholders and value chain by collecting information, and checking the available data. All other components agreed to support CAP in terms of data or information if needed.

In terms of Vietnam Forestry University, VFU finished checking the quality of veneer to sort them out and writing reports. In the next quarter, VFU is establishing a set of criteria to grade veneers and logs with support from other components.  

For GIZ/GFA, this component takes responsibility of updating information on website and newsletters. The two MMC training courses were implemented with participation of many companies. Up to now, the Veneer Award has received proposals from 17 candidates from HCMC and Hanoi. Another activity is product development with the production of sliding bar using acacia veneer and curved sliding door using vacuum membrane press. In the next quarter, component 5 will continue to be in charge of the website administration, the newsletter 4 and MMC 3. In this quarter, for Veneer Award, the proposals of these candidates will be evaluated and the feasible ones will be chosen for producing real products.  Plantation owners are linked to work with the certification and the product development is in progress.  

All components agreed to share updated information to component 5 to post on project’s website and newsletter 4 and links of each component’s website will be appeared on the project’s website. CAP will make impact assessment on the Veneer Award (the products and winners).

VAFS has made action plan for activity “Veneer Green Recovery and Thickness Variation Assessment”,  “Moisture content variation trials before and after drying”, “Producing multilaminar block and furniture components – Processing methods – multilaminar veneer and LVL for non structural and structural applications”, “Performance testing including gluing trials” and “Improving quality of hybrid/ combined bamboo-wooden veneer formply” and in the next quarter, all this activities have been continued in some manufacturing companies, VAFS Lab and Veneer training center.   




The first 2 Modules of the Middle Management Course (MMC)

Component 5 (Implement Education and Training Related to Veneer Production and Use in Manufacturing) has just finished conducting 2 training courses on middle management for supervisors coming from different wood processing companies and government institutions with the objective to increase knowledge and understanding for middle management level about how a wood processing company should operate with efficiency and productivity. These 2 training courses were followed by series of training courses organized in 2013 for different management levels of wood processing companies, such as knowledge of Corporate and Market Strategies and Promotion of Veneer (for CEOs); Production Management and Increasing Efficiency in Veneer Processing Departments (for supervisors); Veneering of Surfaces (for supervisors and workers); and internal trainings for supervisors and workers of a furniture production company (Woodsland).

On the 21st  and the 22nd of February 2014, the first Module of the Middle Management Course was implemented with the participation of 6 wood processing companies. Objectives of the course was introduced to participants with the expectation that after the training, learners will be able to:

  • Explain the role of production management in wood processing enterprises;
  • Present main characteristics of a wood processing enterprise;
  • Develop production plan and simple production management forms;
  • Explain organizational structure of a company
  • Understand the roles and functions of human resource management that relate to the line managers/supervisors
  • Be able to develop job descriptions for their staff
  • Be able to evaluate staff properly
  • Apply basic principles and methods to control productivity, quality and production costs;
  • Develop individual work plan and apply acquired management skills in their daily work;
  • Develop, implement and manage improvement projects.

The following Training methods were applied during the courses:

  • Presentation, group discussion, role play
  • Practical exercises and real application in improvement projects
  • Analysis of strengths, weaknesses of the work
  • Information sharing among participants

On the 21st  and 22nd of March 2014, the second Module of the MMC was organized with 18 participants coming from 4 furniture production companies and from the University of Forestry, Forestry Science Institution of Vietnam, (FSIV); Centre for Agriculture Policies (CAP). After wrapping up the main contents learned in the 1st Module, participants were introduced about the new contents which they never received training in their companies before such as: cost management, quality control and productivity.  Their improvement projects introduced from the 1st Module was presented at the 2nd Module and would be finished by the supervisors before the 3rd Module starts in late April 2014. As a supervisor, they need to learn how they can contribute to reduce cost for their companies. Besides the knowledge received from the training about cost management, they also learned how to control quality and productivity at their sector, what the relationship between internal customers meant in a company to meet requirements from internal customers for ensuring the quality control in each phase of their production, what their roles as supervisors were in terms of controlling quality and productivity in each of their production steps.

It was shared at the course between supervisors from companies and lecturers, researchers from university, institutions that they learned from each other a lot between practice and theory, how to bring the theory into practice to make their work most effectively.

The participants are all looking forward to attending the 3rd (the last) Module of the MMC to receive management tools for supervisors and presenting their own improvement projects at this last Module.




Middle Management Training Course

Within the framework of Aciar Project “Enhancement of veneer products from Acacia and Eucalypt plantations in Vietnam and Australia”, Middle Management Course (MMC) is going to be organized with the objective to transfer management skills and experience to middle managers of wood processing companies in Hanoi. The key trainer is Mr. Heiko Woerner, an international wood processing expert of Vietnamese-German Forestry Program.

The course is divided into 3 modules with schedule as below:


-       Module 1: 21-22/02/2014

-       Module 2: 21-22/03/2014

-       Module 3: 18-19/04/2014

            Place: PPP Project Training Center, 68 Xuân Diệu, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội

(Please see more details in the attached training program)

After the training, the participants are expected to improve their skills through:

-       more knowledge about structure, organization, function and process of a production company

-       improvement of the ability to manage  and motivate workers

-       being aware and understanding better about the costs and measures to reducing the costs

-       having improved  interpersonal relationships with supervisors

-       higher  satisfaction and safety at work


01 middle manager (Production Manager/ Planning Manager/ Supervisor…) from each company are assigned to join the training.


The participants shall satisfy the following conditions:

-       Have at least 01 year of experience in management

-       Have ability to give training to others

-       After each module, the participants shall develop and implement improvement projects at their working area


For more information, please contact Phạm Đức Thiềng (0123 6886 444, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).


1. Invitation of MMC

2. Training programme

3. Registration form


Aciar meeting with Component 5

Hanoi- On 11th, March, 2014, the participants from component 5 with Mr Henri- the project manager in ACIAR project had a meeting to discuss the progress of project in Component 5. At the beginning, Component 5 in charge of training and extension of capacity building presented what they have achieved from November, 2013 until March 2014.

The first is to administrate the website and release newsletters to update information about activities of each component. Next is the promotion of Veneer Award through the seminar in Ho Chi Minh city to introduce award to architectural companies and talks with students in Hanoi architectural university to introduce the concept of new material- veneer and the Veneer Award to students. Furthermore, the middle management training included 3 courses are being implemented from February until April with the knowledge focusing on production management provided for supervisors or line managers. These courses attracted much attention of managers and supervisors from wood processing companies. However, the improvement projects are mentioned with too much information and should be shortened and clear. Other issues such as product development and project impact are presented also.

After all, they received feedback from Mr Henri to improve the presentation such as which points should be focused on to get closer to the objectives at the beginning of Component 5, which contents should be added more to the training course and how to make them more effective. The website should be updated with more information supported from other components. 

Launching event of the first veneer award

In the framework of promotion program for improving Veneer products from plantations in Vietnam and Australia, the seminar “Veneer- new trend for home decor” was held during VIFA Home fair in HCMC on the 16th, November, 2013.

It attracts more than 70 representatives from producers, professional designers as well as machine and material suppliers. In the seminar, new trend for home decor using veneer and instruction on advanced wood processing technology were introduced.

With the aim of encouraging innovations in using veneer on furniture design and production, applying advanced technology solutions to enhance the competitive value and quality for Vietnam’s products, “Veneer Award” was announced at the seminar also.


Innovations in veneer

After the opening remark of Mr Huynh Van Hanh - deputy chairman of the Handicraft and Wood Industry Association of HCM City (Hawa), some advances of veneered products have been presented.


Introduction to the Veneer Award

The contest will be organized and the awarded products will be exhibited in VIFA Home Fair once per year. All local designers, companies, educational institutions and organizations who can present a practical solutions created by themselves could attend and all products using veneer as a main material either for accessories of furniture can be submitted. The interesting prize and timeframe also were announced at the seminar and they drew much attention from audience. This event started from November, 2013 and the Award event and exhibition of awarded products will be held in VIFA Home, November, 2014.


Steps to participate in the Award

In the last presentation, Nguyen Chanh Phuong- General secretary of Hawa introduced the procedure to take part in the Award for furniture companies, decoration producers, professional designers or material providers.

For producers or designers, they would create a total new design or improve the existing ones or take the role as supporter of designers or producers to design/ redesign a product. The target products are furniture (tables, chairs, shelves and cabinet) or home accessories (souvenirs, lamps, toys, home decoration, glass frame, and so on).

Other information related to the Award such as the maximum number of submitted products, member of jury and organizational committee, regulations for the proposals as well as deadline for each activity are introduced clearly. The announcement of the first award in each category, as a one week visit to Australia visiting design entities, was well received by the audience. 

The leaflet on the award can be downloaded here.

For further details sees contact Ms Phuong Dung 0975 485501 from HAWA association in HCMC by Phone 0975485501 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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